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Hawaii: Mauna Kea silversword, the rarest plant I’ve ever seen

Hawaii: Mauna Kea silversword, the rarest plant I’ve ever seen

On one of the last days of our Hawaii vacation I got to see one of the rarest plants I’ll every lay my eyes on: the Mauna Kea silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense). Like its close relative, the Haleakalā silversword we saw last year on Maui (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. macrocephalum), the...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Bad bugs invade our summer gardens

With armored bodies or weapon-shaped limbs, they look like creatures from an unfriendly alien world – or a blockbuster movie. But their damage is very real. Seemingly out of nowhere, they invade to suck the joy out of our tranquil summer harvest.

It’s the Invasion of the Bad Bugs.

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The Natomas Farm
……melon smörgåsbord here we come.

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Aug 7, 2014
……melon smörgåsbord here we come.

The crazy and wild melons we grew this year as a test crop.....went over big time at our fruit stand and several vendors we contract with. Cantaloupes that looked like footballs and Black Watermelons that looked like "bowling balls"...... to the yellow...

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Hawaii: The perfect sunset to bid us goodbye

Hawaii: The perfect sunset to bid us goodbye

I know some people are quite happy to return to their normal lives at the end of their vacation. I’m not one of them. I could be on vacation forever. Or at least give it a valiant try.

On our final evening on Hawaii I went to ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay in Waikoloa. Also...

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Hawaii: Foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) loves hot and humid island climate

Hawaii: Foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) loves hot and humid island climate

The Big Island of Hawaii isn’t a place you go to see succulents. The wet eastern side—some places receive in excess of 150 inches a rain a year—would kill most succulents. Although much drier, the western side isn’t a hotbed of succulent activity either. I did spot a few very large Agave americana, including...

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Hawaii: Hawaiian golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)

Hawaii: Hawaiian golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)

Bambusa vulgaris comes in several incarnations: all green straight culms; all green culms with swollen internodes (cultivar ‘Wamin’); all yellow culms with very thin green lines (cultivar ‘Kimmei’ or ‘Aureovariegata’); and all yellow culms with barcode-like green strips (cultivar ‘Vittata’, aka painted bamboo).

A lot of the “generic” green bamboo I saw from...

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Hawaii: Kona is for chillin’

Hawaii: Kona is for chillin’

Kona (or Kailua-Kona as the post office calls it) is the main town on the western side of Hawaii. It was established in 1812 by King Kamehameha I as the capital of the new Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. After the capital moved on to Lāhainā and then to Honolulu, Kona was primarily...

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Hawaii: Lava and fountain grass

Hawaii: Lava and fountain grass

Lava flows look forbidding. You’d think nothing could grow on lava. But on the eastern side of Hawaii, which is blessed with abundant rainfall, we saw ferns, especially the Asian sword fern (Nephrolepis brownii), and even ʻōhiʻa lehua trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) growing right out the lava.

Things are different here in...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Harvest Day celebrates home-grown food

Weather willing, a huge crowd is expected to turn out for today’s Harvest Day. Rain is (almost) never the issue; it’s the heat.

“We had 3,000 people turn out last year, our largest crowd ever,” said Judy McClure, Sacramento County’s master gardener coordinator. “We expect about the same, if the weather...

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The Natomas Farm
….where have all the battles gone?

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Aug 1, 2014
….where have all the battles gone?

Some of you may wonder where are the posts that I did on the Rio Linda Peddlers and Farmers Market. Some of you really dont care. Few will cry foul. Many will follow........I have created a new blog. All that I could from this site and my Face Book sit...

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