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Roberts to speak at Quarryhill’s ‘silver’ spring garden party

Celebrate spring in Sonoma and a quarter century of garden building June 2 at Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Located in Glen Ellen, the famous Asian-themed garden marks its silver anniversary with a "Spring Celebration" luncheon. Warren Roberts, superi...

In Search of the Finer Things
First Harvest of Potatoes

First Harvest of Potatoes

Yesterday I went out with my basket and dug up the first half of my potatoes. Next year, I will use much more compost for a greater yield, but the first harvest wasn't too shabby for container potato plants. There were Purple Majesty, Banana Fingerling...

Bamboo and More
Of kumquats and pony tail palms

May 21, 2012
Of kumquats and pony tail palms

Our local Costco warehouse recently had a nice selection of extremely reasonably priced citrus trees in 5-gallon containers and I couldn’t resist grabbing a kumquat. I’ve always wanted one—I think the small, bright fruit looks very cheery in the ...

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Blue Thumb
Developing a landscape exactly as we wanted

May 20, 2012

Nothing from the day we moved into our home in Roseville, California, on February 11, 1986, had been done to improve irrigation efficiency in our landscape  with the exception of rebuilding the existing sprinkler system with low-flow sprinkler heads, ...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Look what’s happening at Lowe’s

Look what’s happening at Lowe’s

Just had to share with you my visit to Lowe's today!  Wow do they have the succulents!  And I scored on a beautiful echeveria that I have never seen before.  They had quite a variety so I plucked some others up too while I was at it!So f...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
And So It Begins…

And So It Begins…

Bird 2012 Heirloom Tomato Crop (Partial)Ready or not kids -- the 2012 summer gardening season is now swinging into full gear. Got those tomatoes planted yet? Check! What about those cucumber vines? Check! Watermelon and pumpkin seed planted? Check! Gre...

Bamboo and More
Carmichael Cactus & Succulent Society show

May 19, 2012
Carmichael Cactus & Succulent Society show

This morning I went to the Carmichael Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael. I was glad for this opportunity since I missed the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale in early May becau...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Succulents give grower his days in the sun

Seeds: Succulents give grower his days in the sun

Merlyn Lenear is a magician with concrete. Bowls, vases, pots; he creates all sorts of imaginative containers out of cement, sand and gravel for his favorite plants -- succulents. These sculptural favorites from the plant kingdom inspire Lenear ...

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Geno's Garden
Pin of the day: Beautiful no-mow yards

May 18, 2012

It's Day 1 of "What-To-Grow-Instead-Of-A-Lawn" week here at Geno's. It's a hot trend, on many a homeowner's wish list, but it's not entirely easy (especially if you have to remove Bermuda grass!). And, then there's the question of what will you replace it with? One option for our Sacramento gardens is native grasses. Deep-rooted,...

Bamboo and More
Itsy bitsy spider

May 18, 2012
Itsy bitsy spider

I don’t have anything against spiders—itsy bitsy or otherwise. In fact, I even tolerate a small population of them in the house, figuring they will eat the mosquitoes that might otherwise swoop down on us in the middle of the night. However, in the...

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