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Front yard in late May

May 29, 2012
Front yard in late May

I spent a lot of time in the garden this Memorial Day weekend. Yes, a bit of it was relaxing in our new hammock. But I also did some actual work, ranging from repotting plants that had outgrown their previous containers (happens more quickly than you t...

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Geno's Garden
Lawn-Free Garden Tour

May 28, 2012

Day 3 of "What-To-Grow-Instead-Of-A-Lawn : Last month I went on a garden tour that highlighted gardens that were river-friendly and water-wise. The tour (and park exhibit) were sponsored by a community-based group that called themselves the, Elk Grove Greener Garden Project! Here are some of the gardens I liked the best. I like 3 things about this...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Show

The Show

Wonderful Pomegranate in Full BloomIt's Memorial Day Monday at the Bird Ranch and the Show is on full display. It happens at this point every year it seems. Some years the show is a little better than others. This happens to be one of "them years." The...

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Blue Thumb
AAGGD – MMIH – RPRP – What does this Alphabet Soup mean? Keep reading…

May 27, 2012

Hi there Blue Thumb Blog readers. Did you visit your neighborhood nursery on May 19 for Ask A Green Gardener Day (AAGGD)? I’d like to hear about the questions you asked and what you learned from the Green Gardeners. I … Continue reading →

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Bamboo and More
My first rock planting

May 26, 2012
My first rock planting

One of the vendors at the Carmichael Cactus & Succulent Society Show last weekend, Merlyn Lenear, was selling succulent dish gardens made of hollowed-out pumice rocks. Merlyn Lenear dish garden This gave me the idea to try something similar i...

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The Sacramento Bee
Sierra foothills abloom at Dragonfly Peony Farm

Sierra foothills abloom at Dragonfly Peony Farm

Julia Moore, owner of Dragonfly Peony Farm, looks over a blooming tree peony.On a steep Sierra hillside, Julia Moore planted her own magical oasis. Popping out under the pines are bright bouquets of peonies – thousands of flowers in a ri...

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Bamboo and More
First prickly pear flower of the season

May 25, 2012
First prickly pear flower of the season

I love opuntias although—or because—they aren’t soft and cuddly. I wish we had room for one of the larger species, like the almost spineless Opuntia robusta shown here. But since we don’t, I’m making do with a few smaller potted specimens. I...

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Bamboo and More
What’s eating my fatsia?

May 24, 2012
What’s eating my fatsia?

Last week I complained about the massive number of spider webs popping up in the garden, especially on and around my succulents. But as annoying as these webs are, spiders are very beneficial and don’t eat plants. The same can’t be said about the r...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The life of a (small time) potato farmer

The life of a (small time) potato farmer

All Blue Potato FlowerIt's been said -- by those who are much smarter than me -- that once you grow potatoes, you will always grow potatoes.This also includes the caveat of: Whether you want them or not.I'm here to tell you that the old saying is indee...

Sac Foodies
How green does your garden grow, Sacramento?

May 24, 2012
How green does your garden grow, Sacramento?

One of my strongest memories involving food is from the vegetable garden my parents used to grow every summer in our backyard. The tomato plants would grow to tree-like proportions, the green beans were practically small shrubs, and the strawberries would peek like ruby gems from underneath their leaves. It was a veritable jungle...

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