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Matilija poppy

Jun 2, 2011
Matilija poppy

Called the “queen of all flowers” by Mary Elizabeth Parsons in her 1897 book The Wild Flowers of California, matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) is a sight to see. This shrub with flowers the size of saucers and the look of fried eggs is a commanding...

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The Sacramento Bee
Alto, longtime Cal Expo track announcer, dies at 78

Alto, longtime Cal Expo track announcer, dies at 78

Services were held Wednesday in upstate New York for longtime Cal Expo track announcer Joe Alto, who died May 26 in his native Buffalo. "When I'm calling … I can hardly contain myself," Joe Alto said of his job at Cal Expo. Sacramento Bee fi...

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Jenn's Cooking Garden
The Winners of My Favorite Things in May!

Jun 1, 2011

May was a fun month! Lots of fun giveaways!I have the winners!!!If you didn't win, I have a few more giveaway's in June! Due to me having the flu and some strange weather, A few of my May Giveaways are carrying over into June! June is my Birthday ...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jun 1, 2011
Wordless Wednesday


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Two new ornamental grasses

May 31, 2011
Two new ornamental grasses

I couldn’t pass up the Memorial Day sale at Silverado Nursery in Rancho Cordova and added two new ornamental grasses to our collection. Quite a deal at 40% off! Melinus nerviglumis (left) and Briza media (right) The first is ruby grass grass (Me...

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Read Between the Limes
There is more to gardening than just edible plants

There is more to gardening than just edible plants

For most of my life I've been focused on growing edibles in my garden. This was the case even when I had only a patio to garden on, often growing several tomato plants and herbs in pots.This is the first year that I have been drawn to do otherwise. Th...

Bamboo Geek
Goats, tomatoes and bamboo… random sights and sounds from today.

Goats, tomatoes and bamboo… random sights and sounds from today.

Like many folks, I was fortunate to have the day off.   Memorial Day is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by military service members to secure the freedom we enjoy today.  Many mark the day by spending time with their friends and famil...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Monsters in the Backyard

Monsters in the Backyard

PVC Support Cages-Bird Back 40Eye popping. Astounding. Scary.No -- I am not referring to the size of my stomach. Though that does need some work -- and is monsterish in a monster sort of way -- the monsters I am referring to are pictured to the right. ...

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Silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae)

May 29, 2011
Silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae)

I don’t remember when and where I first read about the groundcover known as silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae). Native to the coastal plains of South Africa, this diminutive plant (only 1-2 inches tall) forms dense mats over time and chokes out virt...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Bee Garden is off to a fairly good start

Seeds: Bee Garden is off to a fairly good start

I killed Abe Lincoln. I don't know how; maybe too much chicken manure. Amy Stewart The Tie-Dye tomato is a hybrid that looks and tastes like a heirloom.

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