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Total Garden Fail – and Then a Come Back

Total Garden Fail – and Then a Come Back

Front flower bed before: Swampy muck over clay, topped with moss and funky green growthThis week brought about what felt like a "total gardening fail". Optimistic to finally have a space to plant in the ground, I went to the plant nursery and returned ...

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Bamboo and More
Wordless Wednesday

Aug 3, 2011
Wordless Wednesday


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Bamboo and More
Bamboo in Sacramento’s Capitol Park

Aug 2, 2011
Bamboo in Sacramento’s Capitol Park

40-acre Capitol Park is a true gem right in the heart of Sacramento. Home to the California State Capitol, the park features a number of memorials as well as trees and shrubs from all over the world. A standout is the Civil War Memorial Grove with tree...

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Read Between the Limes
Review: Fine Gardening’s ‘Plant Combinations’

Review: Fine Gardening’s ‘Plant Combinations’

Recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy of Fine Gardening's 'Plant Combinations: 82 proven plans for any situation.' One of the things I love most about Fine Gardening magazine is their full color photos, and this one is no except...

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Who’s In Your Garden And Why We Care

Aug 1, 2011

I knew a woman who had a greenhouse window in her mountain home kitchen with a few basil plants and a tiny dish of water tucked discretely among them. When I asked about the dish of water, she said, “Oh, … Continue reading →

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
What?! A Vacation?! Now?! Really?! But…

What?! A Vacation?! Now?! Really?! But…

The Ultimate Digging Machine at CapitolaIt's a gardener's lament. It's called vacation. It's like the one we took this past weekend to the coast -- where the Ultimate Digging Machine (aka, Bandi, Funny, Steak) saw her fondest dreams come true: miles up...

Bamboo and More
Bamboo sightings in midtown Sacramento

Aug 1, 2011
Bamboo sightings in midtown Sacramento

Midtown Sacramento may be full of hustle and bustle during the week, but on Sunday mornings, it’s as sleepy as a country town. I experienced that yesterday as I photographed bamboo plantings in front of two businesses (thank you, Sean at Madman Bamb...

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Garden Inspiration from Cornwall, England

Aug 1, 2011
Garden Inspiration from Cornwall, England

As we’re hurtling once again towards 100°F (38°C) and my desire to work in the garden is wilting with the climb of the thermometer, I’m beset with a strange longing to go back to Cornwall where surely the likes of 100°F have never been seen. As ...

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Bamboo and More
Checking out the outside exhibits at the California State Fair

Jul 30, 2011
Checking out the outside exhibits at the California State Fair

The biggest spectacle in the Sacramento area summer calendar is the California State Fair. It’s always at the hottest time of the year, so sweating is as much part of it as the livestock and agricultural exhibits, the bad-for-you food, and the raucou...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Find inspiration, ideas at Harvest Day Aug. 6

Seeds: Find inspiration, ideas at Harvest Day Aug. 6

Next Saturday is Harvest Day, our area's largest annual gathering devoted to gardening that's open free to the public. The Fair Oaks Horticulture Center will be bursting with plants and flowers Aug. 6. Bring your questions for the Master Gardeners...

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