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Index: Victoria and Vancouver Island, BC, September 2016

Index: Victoria and Vancouver Island, BC, September 2016

This list contains all the posts from our September 2016 trip to Vancouver Island, British Columbia:

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Book review: A Botanist’s Vocabulary

Book review: A Botanist’s Vocabulary

If I had a I’m a Plant Geek t-shirt, I’d wear it proudly. But my geekery goes beyond the plants themselves. I also love the language that goes with it. Not necessarily the hardcore science of botany—that can make my eyes glaze over just as easily as an explanation of string theory—but the...

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Australian and Succulent Garden at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum (summer 2016 edition)

Australian and Succulent Garden at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum (summer 2016 edition)

Two weeks ago I made a quick trip to the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum. I’ve already posted about the beauties in the South African Garden. Now it’s time to take a look at what caught my eye in the Australian Garden. I’ll also show you a few photos from...

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Book review: The Drought-Defying California Garden

Book review: The Drought-Defying California Garden

The longer you garden, the more you learn. That goes without saying. But with that experience sometimes comes a certain arrogance. Usually you’re not even aware of it. It may express itself in rolling your eyes when you hear or read something that you think is obvious. Occasionally, you may also have an overinflated...

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Front yard succulents aglow at sunset

Front yard succulents aglow at sunset

I haven’t done much actual gardening this summer. Instead, I’ve been enjoying the fruit of our previous labor. The fact that it’s been in the high 90s every day for more weeks than I care to count also has something to do with it.

With work keeping me extra...

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The Natomas Farm
….being stuffed in an office cubicle

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Aug 17, 2016
….being stuffed in an office cubicle

You may think that this post will be about our harvested bounties of each day....the figs...peaches...plums...and so many other items that we produce here on our farm. You thought wrong.This is about the time spent with the fruits that are not sold. Th...

The Natomas Farm
………borers keeps us from being bored

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Aug 17, 2016
………borers keeps us from being bored

Trees get weak from a lack of a drink.....just like us humans. Get weak and then one seems to contract sickness more often....as a tree will also. If you have orchards as we do...or if you are a simple homeowner with a tree (can be Pines to Birch too)....

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South African splendor at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum (summer 2016 edition)

South African splendor at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum (summer 2016 edition)

Noël Coward once suggested than only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. Something similar could be said for plant geeks who visit botanical gardens at the height of summer. I'm definitely one of them. And I'm not even slightly bothered by the fact that some people might consider...

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Pacific Horticulture Summit 2016, Sonoma County, CA, Oct 15-16, 2016

Pacific Horticulture Summit 2016, Sonoma County, CA, Oct 15-16, 2016

I don’t often promote third-party events but this one is so interesting (and a good value as well) that I want to bring it to the attention of all my readers. Sonoma County is one of the crown jewels of Northern California, so bring your significant other and make a mini vacation out of...

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First wave of summer casualties

First wave of summer casualties

Crispy may be a good thing when it comes to fried chicken. Not so much for plants. It’s the one thing you don’t ever want your plants to be. Unfortunately, it’s something that happens every summer around here. Usually it’s in spite of my best efforts; sometimes it’s because I didn’t try hard...

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