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Gardens at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Gardens at Mission San Juan Capistrano

When most Californians think of Mission San Juan Capistrano, they think of swallows. Every spring, legions of American cliff swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano after spending the winter in Argentina 6,000 miles away. Local legend claims that once upon a time a local innkeeper chased the swallows away by destroying...

Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
It’s Time For The Succulent Celebration 2015

It’s Time For The Succulent Celebration 2015

Next Wednesday I head out in my blue Subaru on my annual solo trip to Southern California.  I am so excited.  I'm on my way to the annual Succulent Celebration at Waterwise Botanicals in Escondido, CA.  It's on Friday June 5th and Saturd...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Berries Are for the Birds!

Berries Are for the Birds!

Arapaho Thornless Blackberry VineYou bet they are! And Bill and the wife that is Venus Bird like it that way! Welcome to May 2015 -- and one of the coolest spring weather patterns I think I've ever experienced in the Sacramento area. That doesn't help ...

Chic Little House
Create: A Colorful Planter for Spring

Create: A Colorful Planter for Spring

One of my plans this Spring is to add more color on patio garden beds by using a mixture of planters along with planting perennials in the ground. I recently bought two large planters, which means a visit to our local nursery was in store. Us...

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The Natomas Farm
Leaf Miner – a repost about citrus trees pests

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May 18, 2015
Leaf Miner – a repost about citrus trees pests

 Phyllocnistis citrella......sounds like a monster that I am bout to talk about. Though not nearly as large as Godzilla....but the damage is bout the same. Yes....let me introduce you to the citrus leaf miner. A little pest that showed up at our f...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Stain

The Stain

Wonderful Pomegranate-Bird Back 40There she goes again. The Wonderful Pomegranate putting on her usual springtime "look at me, I'm pretty" show. I should have put this tree in the front yard where everyone can enjoy the bonanza of bright red and yellow...

The Natomas Farm
…. exactly 57 years ago boysenberries were discovered

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May 14, 2015
…. exactly 57 years ago boysenberries were discovered

There are folks out there that never had the taste of a boysenberry. Then again....there are many folks out there that never even heard of a boysenberry. I found out what they were from a place in my childhood history......a magical place named Knott's...

The Natomas Farm
Use on cuts and burns….chickens too!

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May 6, 2015
Use on cuts and burns….chickens too!

Although the Aloe Vera plant looks a lot like a cactus, it's actually a member of the lily and onion family......native to North Africa. That's it in front of the thorn-less cactus.....in the photoshop picture above. Many households knows th...

Bamboo and More
Recap of 2015 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1)

Recap of 2015 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1)

As you may know, I’m involved in the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society, an organization well worth supporting if you like succulents and live in the greater Sacramento area. At $15 a year, it’s a bargain, too! Aside from monthly meetings every fourth Monday and occasional field trips to regional destinations, the...

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My first juried succulent show

My first juried succulent show

Yesterday I posted a teaser about the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society’s 2015 Show & Sale. I’ve been a member since 2011 and an officer since 2012 and yet I’ve never entered the show. In fact, I’ve never entered any plant show. Unlike many other club members who enjoy the competition aspect,...

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