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Cousin Itt moves in

Cousin Itt moves in

Yesterday started out on a sad note as I removed yet another potted bamboo. This Sinobambusa tootsik ‘Albovariegata’ had been growing for years in a large bowl (29” wide by 14” tall) next to the family room slider. With its beautifully variegated leaves it was one of my favorite bamboos. Unfortunately, I had...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Hydrangeas in bloom

#100HappyDays: Hydrangeas in bloom

Pink hydrangeas in bloom, July 1, 2014.I might be risking "crazy plant lady" status what with how much time I've been spending in nurseries and in the dirt lately. (Nothing like planning a "yard warming party" to get a gardening obsession in full gear....

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: First Caprese salad of the season

#100HappyDays: First Caprese salad of the season

First Caprese salad of the season, June 29, 2014.Beefsteak tomatoes pulled from the garden + basil snipped from the front porch + fresh mozzarella + olive oil, cracked pepper and balsamic vinegar = heaven.That is all.xoxo,shawna#100HappyDays1. 24 Hours...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: DIY outdoor lighting

#100HappyDays: DIY outdoor lighting

DIY temporary patio lighting. Necessity is the mother of invention. June 26, 2014I'm new to outdoor entertaining having just put in a yard this year, but I know enough to know you can't throw a party in the dark. Although I ran out of time to slather t...

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The Farmer Fred Rant
Starting an Urban Farm? This Site Can Help.

Starting an Urban Farm? This Site Can Help.

As local food has gained popularity, more city folks are growing food in their own backyards. Now they have a new online resource to consult about urban farming. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a ...

The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Heart garden art

#100HappyDays: Heart garden art

Sprucing up the yard. June 24, 2014As part of my birthday celebrating, I received a pair of lovely hand-crafted heart garden stakes. I think they make a beautiful addition to my growing flower collection.xoxo,shawna#100HappyDays1. 24 Hours of Happy2. I...

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The Natomas Farm
…they run in panic down that dark road.

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Jul 3, 2014
…they run in panic down that dark road.

Like your farm? How bout that open field next to your home out there in rural U.S.A. Love your animals? Yes...we do too and that is why we have taken some precautionary measures for the upcoming celebration of our Independence Day.From the sky ........

The Natomas Farm
….. for the upcoming celebration

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Jul 2, 2014
….. for the upcoming celebration

   Like your farm? How bout that open field next to your home out there in rural U.S.A. Love your animals? Yes...we do too and that is why we have taken some precautionary measures for the upcoming celebration of our Independence Day.From the...

The Natomas Farm
…excuse while I go yank my brother Dick off

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Jul 2, 2014
…excuse while I go yank my brother Dick off

I used to read a lot of books as a youngster....growing up in the big city of Arcadia CA. My favorite reading was always the Fun with Dick and Jane at the Farm.  Now how cool would that be to play all day in the green fields and feeding the cows.....

Bamboo and More
Gerhard’s extracurricular bloom day

Gerhard’s extracurricular bloom day

When I posted a bunch of photos of the front yard the other day, several people were surprised that I have so many flowering plants—which is understandable because I rarely write about them. I vowed to be better about it, so here are some more photos of plants in flower right...

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