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Dec 5, 2014
…….our farm is off to the stars

 NASA announced that the public can submit their names for inclusion on a dime-sized microchip that will travel on spacecraft voyaging to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. NASA invites you to send your name to Mars via the fir...

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Ruth Bancroft Garden in December

Ruth Bancroft Garden in December

After selecting my plants at the recent Black Friday sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, I took a stroll through the garden itself. Fortunately, the rain had stopped by then, and at times the sun was making a valiant effort to break through the clouds. The weather...

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Fall color at my house—and real rain, finally!

Fall color at my house—and real rain, finally!

While some areas of Davis have quite a bit of fall color—especially the older neighborhoods downtown with their majestic trees—there isn’t much at our house. But I did find a few pops of color over the weekend. It’s a good thing I took these photos then, because the series of storms that began...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Plant of the Week Cotyledon Tomentosa

Plant of the Week Cotyledon Tomentosa

I have a really juicy plant for you this week.  And I bet most of you have it already in your collection.  This week it is Cotyledon Tomentosa.  I just love this chubby little member of the Cotyledon family.  Some people call them b...

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Ruth Bancroft Garden Black Friday sale extended until 12/4/14

Ruth Bancroft Garden Black Friday sale extended until 12/4/14

Black Friday sales are great for people buying electronics, appliances and maybe clothes, but usually there's nothing special about them for gardeners. This year was different. For the first time, the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek ran a Black Friday sale. And what a sale it was: 50%...

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Gardening books at closeout prices

Gardening books at closeout prices

I love books. Fiction or non-fiction, I devour them all. I have over 50 books on and under my bedside table, all waiting to be read. That’s in addition to the thousands of books scattered all over the house. I’ve joked about the second story of our house collapsing under the weight of the...

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Aloe anticipation at UC Davis

Aloe anticipation at UC Davis

The University of California Davis campus has several aloe hot spots (see this post from February). Curious to find out whether any of their aloes are flowering yet, I decided to go on a little outing yesterday. (Weekends are best for a campus visit since parking is free.)

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Aloe anticipation at UC Davis

Aloe anticipation at UC Davis

The University of California Davis campus has several aloe hot spots (see this post from February). Curious to find out whether any of their aloes are flowering yet, I decided to go on a little outing yesterday. (Weekends are best for a campus visit since parking is free.)

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Damn those leaves!

Damn those leaves!

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees and I know that falling leaves come with the territory. But while I like autumn, I don’t enjoy dealing with this:

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The photos above and below were taken standing in our neighbor’s driveway, looking...

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Damn those leaves!

Damn those leaves!

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees and I know that falling leaves come with the territory. But while I like autumn, I don’t enjoy dealing with this:

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The photos above and below were taken standing in our neighbor’s driveway, looking...

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