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Father’s Day at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Father’s Day at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Happy Father's Day to all of the awesome dads out there! How did you spend your special day? In our house it's not about gifts, but instead about quality time with the family doing whatever it is that dad wants to do. My husband chose to do a little h...

Bamboo and More
Echeveria in bloom

Jun 19, 2011
Echeveria in bloom

Last year I put a bunch of echeveria offsets in a glazed strawberry pot, not expecting much. In fact, I never even really finished the pot by putting a feature plant in the top. Much to my surprise, the echeverias not only survived, they positively thr...

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Read Between the Limes
Allowing artichokes to bloom is not a waste

Allowing artichokes to bloom is not a waste

A few weeks ago I had a lady ring our door bell, with a bag in hand, saying "You're letting a lot of artichokes go to waste, I'm here to pick them." When I told her the rest of the artichokes were for the bee's, she got a little rude and stormed off,...

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Geno's Garden
My dad could be grumpy but I could charm him out of it

Jun 18, 2011

I was born on my dad's birthday. So, that made it mine, too. The night before I was born my parents had dinner with friends. The hostess served a birthday cake. They only ate the part that had "day" on it, leaving "Happy Birth..." intact. The next morning I was born. It was our...

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Bamboo and More
(Not so) lucky bamboo

Jun 18, 2011
(Not so) lucky bamboo

After four years I’ve finally managed to kill our lucky bamboo. What’s surprising is not that it eventually died, but rather that it lived as long as it did. It was stuck on the edge of the bath tub in our guest bathroom where it was supposed to l...

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Not So Crafty
Summer Bloom Day

Jun 18, 2011
Summer Bloom Day

What a difference a couple of weeks make. The rain and clouds are gone and the temperatures are slowly creeping up to the mid-90′s. The garden is showing off the last of the spring flowers and the new summer plants are really taking off. My new favorites are my poppies. Last winter, I had...

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Bamboo Geek
Were at the Farmers’ Market in Rocklin…

All packed up and ready to go. See you at tomorrow's (Saturday) Rocklin Farmers' Market, 8:30 am to 1 pm, at 6636 Lonetree Boulevard in Rocklin, CA. Pick up a bamboo plant or two and some fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Hope to see you ...

Blue Thumb
In Irrigation, Timing is Everything

Jun 17, 2011

Not more than a couple weeks ago I was here at the computer wearing wool socks. The heater was on and I was glad—freezing outside, and it was hailing in Auburn. On Memorial Day weekend there were chain controls on … Continue reading →

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Bamboo and More
Tower of jewels update

Jun 17, 2011
Tower of jewels update

2011 has been a great year in the garden so far. My personal highlight was following the miraculous development of our tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii) as it turned from a modest but attractive rosette of leaves 1 ft. high and 2 ft. across into a 5 ...

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Bamboo and More
Bunny ears in bloom

Jun 16, 2011
Bunny ears in bloom

In February, I brought home a couple of white-spined bunny ear cacti (Opuntia microdasys 'Albata') from a trip to Southern California. They were in very small 2-inch containers which they had severely outgrown. I repotted them and then put them in plan...

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