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Clumping bamboos going great guns

Aug 12, 2011
Clumping bamboos going great guns

Spring is the time when most running bamboos, like black bamboo and its siblings from the genus Phyllostachys, produce new shoots. By summer, the new culms have reached their final height and have branched out. Running bamboos now pump their energy int...

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In Search of the Finer Things
How My Garden Almost Maimed My Husband

How My Garden Almost Maimed My Husband

Those who think gardening is for old ladies, guess what? It can be a dangerous. Oh yes! My story begins with a tomato plant that fell over. I sent my husband out to the garden to straighten it up. About 10 minutes later, I saw him slowly trudging towar...

Bamboo and More
Tower of jewels: new beginnings

Aug 11, 2011
Tower of jewels: new beginnings

In May, our tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii) finally started to bloom. I had been waiting for this since I planted it in the fall of 2009. Tower of jewels is a drought-tolerant biennial from the Canary Islands; in year 1 it produces a rosette of sof...

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Bamboo Geek
Bamboo and Sightseeing: Keep Santa Cruz Weird

Bamboo and Sightseeing: Keep Santa Cruz Weird

So, on the way to Carmel-by-the-Sea we decided to drop by Santa Cruz, specifically Downtown (via Pacific Avenue).  Lots of shops and well, it's Santa Cruz, what can I say.  I was struck by a t-shirt in the local independent book store that de...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
A tomato for every occassion

A tomato for every occassion

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times It's that time of year when the answer to every question is: Tomatoes. Understand? If I ask the lovely wife that is Venus, "what's for dinner?" The answer is: TOMATOES.What's for lunch? TOMATOES. Breakfast? TOMA...

In Search of the Finer Things
In the Midst of It

In the Midst of It

Here we are, in the throes of summer, and we have completely let our garden go. With the whole moving process, we just don't have time to weed it at this time, so it's survival of the fittest out there. Here are some honorable mentions for the year to ...

Bamboo and More
California sister, quite dead

Aug 10, 2011
California sister, quite dead

Yesterday, my daughters (10 and 12) proudly brought me a dead butterfly they’d found in my in-laws’ driveway. It was not only beautiful, but also in beautiful condition, so I put it in a glass dish and photographed it. I’m not very experienced at...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Vegetable harvest season is NOT a celebration – it’s work!

Vegetable harvest season is NOT a celebration – it’s work!

Heirloom Tomato Harvest: Bird Back 40 Let me get this straight: Harvest Season is WORK! Celebrate all you want -- but when you come home after a week in Santa Cruz and Seattle to find 50-60 lbs. of ripe heirloom tomatoes hanging off the vine -- you d...

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Bamboo and More
Chusquea up close

Aug 9, 2011
Chusquea up close

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I’ve been planting bamboo at my in-laws’ place in Mount Shasta, mostly running bamboos that would be much too invasive in our tiny suburban yard. I’ve also planted two species ...

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LauresGarden
Mid-Season Harvests in My Sacramento Garden

Mid-Season Harvests in My Sacramento Garden

It’s mid-season harvest time and the vegetable garden has been thriving, despite the unseasonably cool summer—and maybe because of it.    The front-runners are the vegetables with “big” seeds that were initially planted in 4” p...

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