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Why is This Man Smiling?

Why is This Man Smiling?

Happy Honey Extractor at WorkHis incredible weight loss secrets perchance? Mmmm....NO!The wife that is Venus is rewarding me with a back rub? No again, since she's taking the picture.The 49ers are winning? That very well could be, but again, no.But the...

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No other plant is as closely associated with Christmas as the poinsettia

Dec 11, 2011
No other plant is as closely associated with Christmas as the poinsettia

I made an exciting discovery today at our local Dollar Tree store where nothing costs more than—you guessed it—one dollar. A poinsettia in a can! Just what it says First I thought it was a type of jack-in-the-box that jumps in your face when ...

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Botanical illustration: A forgotten art

Dec 10, 2011
Botanical illustration: A forgotten art

As I was doing research for yesterday’s post on the South African sand lily (Veltheimia capensis), I came across this botanical drawing by Belgian painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840): Sand lily (Veltheimia capensis) I couldn’t help but ...

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The Sacramento Bee
‘Shabby Chic’ creator recovers from hard times and thrives

‘Shabby Chic’ creator recovers from hard times and thrives

Rachel Ashwell doesn't do red and green. Ashwell at her "Shabby shack" in Malibu. Ashwell is rebuilding her brand in the wake of filing for bankruptcy protection in 2009. "When you've had to overcome a big old hurdle – which I had to do &#x96...

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Very happy to have the rare, unusual sand lily in my collection

Dec 9, 2011
Very happy to have the rare, unusual sand lily in my collection

The November meeting of the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society featured a presentation by Nick Wilkinson of GROW Nursery on cold-hardy aloes and agaves. Nick also brought along a great selection of plants for sale, most of them hard to find in reg...

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Winter is the season of fresh local citrus

Dec 8, 2011
Winter is the season of fresh local citrus

Winter is my least favorite season, but there’s one aspect that I like: fresh local citrus. Our Washington navel oranges won’t be ready for another month, but our limes are ripe now. Our tree, a Bearss or Persian lime (Citrus latifolia), is on the...

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Read Between the Limes
Back to back (to back, etc) frosty nights turned my garden to mush

Back to back (to back, etc) frosty nights turned my garden to mush

We've had a couple of frosty nights here in Sacramento.  After the first night of frost the garden faired pretty well, but back to back (to back, etc) nights and my garden has turned to mush.  Early this week we had lots of wind to knock the ...

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Wordless Wednesday

Dec 7, 2011
Wordless Wednesday


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What are these white blankets?

Dec 6, 2011
What are these white blankets?

Last night we had our first freeze of the season. As is so often the case, the weather people on TV made a big deal out of it (apparently they don’t have much else to report), and I did get swept up in the frenzy. I hauled out my stack of frost blank...

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Cactus fruit tasting: Refreshing but not exactly a wow experience

Dec 5, 2011
Cactus fruit tasting: Refreshing but not exactly a wow experience

I’ve posted several times this year about four segments of a Queen of the Night cactus (Cereus hildmannianus susp.hildmannianus) I rescued from the yard waste pile. One of them produced four show-stopping flowers and then set three fruits. Two of the...

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