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The Natomas Farm
…….no more free loaders allowed

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Jan 17, 2015
…….no more free loaders allowed

As you might have read here on my blog this past summer.......the rabbits completely devastated our lower fields. It wasn't no more than 24 hours before these critters discovered the "Natomas Farm Buffet".....offering a vast variety of American dishes...

The Natomas Farm
…..and now the blog resumes

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Jan 16, 2015
…..and now the blog resumes

Hola! We are back from our month long vacation.....though in reality it was only 12 days of real vacation we took to Baja. Yes, I have been doing work here on the other days. I'll be posting here each week again....with some very exciting stuff about t...

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ASDM: Cacti with dog food bags and other curious sights

ASDM: Cacti with dog food bags and other curious sights

When I woke up in my downtown Tucson hotel room on New Year’s Day, I saw a slight dusting of snow on the cars in the parking lot. An hour later I was in the Tucson Mountains snapping one photo after another: The mountains had become a winter wonderland, and even the locals...

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Bach’s Cactus Nursery, Tucson, AZ

Bach’s Cactus Nursery, Tucson, AZ

Bach’s Cactus Nursery (8602 North Thornydale Road, Tucson, AZ 85742) was my first stop in Tucson on my recent desert road trip. I’d visited this nursery in December 2013 and couldn’t wait to go back. The weather was much different this time: overcast, noticeably colder, with rain in the...

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Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Palm Springs, CA

Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Palm Springs, CA

In virtually every respect, Sunnylands Center and Gardens is the polar opposite of family-run Moorten Botanical Garden. The two things they have in common—both are located in the Palm Springs area and both showcase desert plants—are eclipsed by their differences. Moorten is 1 acre in size, Sunnylands 200; Moorten...

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Winter in My Garden

Winter in My Garden

Winter in my garden can be pretty boring.  Except when I am running around throwing frost cloth on beds when the temps dip below 32F.  During the winter I get a chance to reflect on the past year.  The accomplishments and yes some failur...

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Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs, CA

Moorten Botanical Garden, Palm Springs, CA

Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs, CA is something quite rare: a privately owned botanical garden. Most are either public or run by non-profit foundations. Even more amazing: Moorten Botanical Garden has been around, and in the same family, since 1938 – that’s 77 years. If nothing else, that level of...

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A walk through Tucson’s Civano community

A walk through Tucson’s Civano community

On New Year’s day, when all the nurseries and most public gardens in Tucson were closed, I finally had time to take a walk through the Civano community located on the southeastern edge of the city.

I first became aware of Civano through landscape designer Scott Calhoun’s appropriately titled book Yard...

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One last succulent feast before heading home

One last succulent feast before heading home

I spent my last night on the road in Palm Springs, and before I started out on the 7-hour drive back to Davis, I made one final stop: Mariscal Cactus & Succulents. This nursery is located on the outskirts of the small town of Desert Hot Springs, north of Palm Springs and just...

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Desert visions

Desert visions

Today I started the long drive home from Southern Arizona. I spent all day driving through the desert—Southern Arizona, Central Arizona, then Southern California. There’s something about the monotony of the landscape that seems to heighten and dull your senses at the same time. After a while you’re not quite sure whether you’re...

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