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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, part 1 of 2

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, part 1 of 2

One of the most beautiful places we visited on the island of Hawaii this summer was the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (HTBG).

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Located on a 17-acre site above Onomea Bay about 10 miles north of Hilo, the HTBG was created...

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The Blue Muse
13 things my spring gardener self needs to know

13 things my spring gardener self needs to know

The holy grail of gardening.As the summer gardening season fades away, I've got a bone to pick with myself for the choices I made earlier in the spring. Better planning and conscientiousness could have saved me a LOT of trouble and emotional energy (ye...

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Welcome, × Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’

Welcome, × Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’

For some reason, when I hear the word “mangave,” I think of mangrove. The two have nothing to do with each other. Mangroves are swamp trees while mangaves are hybrids between two succulent genera: Agave and Manfreda.

While I’m sure a number of such hybrids exist, many of them...

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Weekend stroll through UC Davis Arboretum

Weekend stroll through UC Davis Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum is literally 10 minutes from my house, and even though I’ve blogged about it many times before, I don’t go often enough. It seems it requires an out-of-town visitor to jostle me into action. Exactly that happened last Saturday. On a glorious day, we took...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Venus and The Duke

Venus and The Duke

Venus and The Duke Avocado TreeYeah, yeah, I know. It's not quite as snappy as "Bennie and The Jets," but give it a few years. Pretty soon it will just roll right off the tongue. Because Venus and The Duke are going to be telling their story for a very...

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After the rain

After the rain

As I’m writing this on Sunday morning, the weather is as perfect as can be in the fall: blue sky, a slight breeze, and a crisp 57°F with an expected high of 69°F. On Friday, things were very different: a dark brooding sky, menacing clouds, and—rain! Yes, we finally had real rain. Never mind...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Spooked Out!

Spooked Out!

Spooktacular Pumpkins!Happy Halloween! I have a small confession to make. My name is Bill. I am 51 years old. And I'm really just a child at heart. I mean, really. While other 51 year old men are captains of industry or finding a cure for one disease o...

The Natomas Farm
……a post with a sting

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Oct 31, 2014
……a post with a sting

Run Farmer Deno, run! Just like in the cartoons oftelevision......somebody is always running from something. My "something" is Yellow Jackets.There is a wide variety of these buggers......I call them hornets. Smaller in size than the ones you see sucki...

Bamboo and More
Blue

Blue

Green leaves are the norm. Yellow, orange, red or purple leaves can be interesting or just plain weird. But blue—blue leaves make me go weak at the knees.

A bluish cast is the result of either a waxy coating or irregular microscopic projections from the epidermal cells that reflect sunlight. It’s...

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Veltheimia capensis finally blooming

Veltheimia capensis finally blooming

While I’m not a collector of South African bulbs like Albuca, Brunsvigia, Boophane, Nerine, etc., I bought several veltheimias a few years ago—both Veltheimia capensis and Veltheimia bracteata, the only two species in the genus.

None of them had ever bloomed. Until this week. My Veltheimia capensis finally sent up a...

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