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#GBFling2014: Rhone Street Gardens

#GBFling2014: Rhone Street Gardens

As we’re pushing the 100°F mark down here in the Sacramento Valley, let’s return to Portland, OR—specifically a cool rainy morning in July when the Garden Bloggers Fling contingent visited Rhone Street Gardens. This is the domain of Fling co-organizer Scott Weber, lover of grasses and photographer extraordinaire, and...

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The Natomas Farm
….the Queen is gone.

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Sep 10, 2014
….the Queen is gone.

Sparky Dog......the K9 Queen of her puppies.....Shadow, Damn Lucky, Black, and Number Four......has left us on this dark day at the farm. A very dark day. I sit here choking back tears....as I write.I found her 15 years ago in a local ad.......an addre...

Bamboo and More
Heads up: Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens, September 26+27, 2014

Heads up: Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens, September 26+27, 2014

120928_SucculentGardens_entrance-plantingThe 4th annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA will take place on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. That’s in two weeks, folks! If you love succulents and live in Northern California, you won’t want to miss this spectacular—and...

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Bamboo and More
Update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

Update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that one of my Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ (Agave macroacantha × Manfreda maculosa) was starting to flower. Since then the flower stalk has grown exponentially. As of this afternoon, it’s exactly 72 inches (183 cm) tall. It looks like the first flowers might open in a few...

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Bamboo and More
Hawaii: Spectacular variegated banana

Hawaii: Spectacular variegated banana

This summer we spent two weeks on the Big Island of Hawaii. On our last day we had extra time on our hands since our flight home didn’t leave until 9 p.m. We decided to drive up to the cloud forest above Kona, located in an area called Kaloko Mauka. The...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Begonias survive shaker, now ready for show

Joan Coulat admits she was shook up by the Aug. 24 Napa quake – and so were a thousand begonias.

These prized plants already had been through some near-death experiences. But they’re true survivors – and remarkably thriving.

“Now, I just want somebody to come and buy them,”...

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Bamboo and More
#GBFling14: Cistus Nursery, Sauvie Island

#GBFling14: Cistus Nursery, Sauvie Island

Time to rewind a couple of months to the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, OR. One of my personal highlights was a visit to Cistus Nursery located on picturesque Sauvie Island, a 26,000 acre island in the Columbia River north of Portland. 

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
My Favorite Mistakes

My Favorite Mistakes

Sheryl Crow got one. I gots many. Of the gardening kind that is. No -- the wife that is Venus is not my favorite mistake. However, there may be times when she might feel that way. Like most husbands, uh, I tend to "push the envelope."Canning JarsAnd th...

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The Natomas Farm
……and now our expansion

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Sep 5, 2014
……and now our expansion

The summer heat is just about gone now......same goes for the crops. It is that time of the year that Farmer Deno just loves.....expansion of the crop/orchard selections and construction. For the next five months anyone that drives by our farm will see...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
It Calls to Me…

It Calls to Me…

We now resume our regularly scheduled programming, already in progress...It's tough to write when your back hurts. It's tough to write after a shot to cure that pain suddenly causes all sorts of side effects that throw you for a double loop when you we...

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