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My flowering agave is leaking

My flowering agave is leaking

Leakage is rarely—if ever—a good thing. But that’s exactly what the Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ next to the front door is doing. It sent up an impressive flower spike in the fall and is putting all its energy into flowering.

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In the...

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Weekend outing to the Dry Creek Valley wine country

Weekend outing to the Dry Creek Valley wine country

California has many different wine-growing regions. Napa Valley may be the most famous, but depending on your personal preferences, there are regions that make better wine than Napa. I happen to love zinfandel, and Dry Creek Valley in western Sonoma County makes some of the best.

On Saturday I...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Conversation With a Young Man

Conversation With a Young Man

Variegated Pink Lemon-Bird Back 40Come here young man. Let's plant a lemon bush before the start of the Super Bowl shall we? This just isn't any lemon bush by the way. This is called the Variegated Pink Lemon. And someday it will yield lemons that will...

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Aloes in bloom at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley

Aloes in bloom at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to check up on the aloes at the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley (UCBG). While it doesn’t have a particularly large aloe collection—certainly nothing that gets close to the Huntington—it’s a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but particularly this...

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Aloes, hurry up already!

Aloes, hurry up already!

Winter in the Sacramento Valley (USDA hardiness zone 9b; Sunset zone 14) is aloe time. Most aloes are winter bloomers and they grace us with their flowers when little else is in bloom.

Except this year my aloes are stuck in a state of suspended animation because of our weird weather. Usually...

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Sunday potpourri: of fog, daphne, bamboo, and banksia

Sunday potpourri: of fog, daphne, bamboo, and banksia

It’s not unusual for us to have foggy nights and mornings, but this year the fog has been extreme. Right now the sun is out, but it’s been a rare sight in the past few weeks.

I must admit, though, that I love what the fog does: It makes even familiar...

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The Natomas Farm
……creating life

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Jan 25, 2015
……creating life

It's cold as an Alaskan freezer outside.....and the hothouse that Farmer Deno built last year is working fantastically. So warm in there that I have to remove my jacket while creating new life for the farm.This is the week our seeds are finding their w...

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 3 (2014 edition)

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 3 (2014 edition)

This post concludes my three-part series on the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here.

We’re now at the spot indicated by the green arrow in the following trail map (borrowed from the DBG web...

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2

Part 1 of this 3-part series on the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, AZ ended at the Desert Portal, the fat red dot on the trail map below (borrowed from the DGB web site).

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona: Part 1

Even in a state full of natural treasures and scenic wonders, the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) in Phoenix, Arizona is a standout. Spanning 140 acres, the DBG features over 21,000 plants in more than 1,400 taxa. Cacti form the largest group, with 10,350 plants in 1,350 taxa. The DBG’s...

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