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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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Cactus flowers to brighten a hot Tuesday

Cactus flowers to brighten a hot Tuesday

Work’s been keeping me busy, cutting down on the time I have available to spend in the garden. But even on a hectic day like today I found a few minutes to putter around. Look what I found:

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My Parodia magnificus, a ball cactus from...

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Sac Foodies
Dawson’s

Jul 1, 2014
Dawson’s

 I had the opportunity to hang out with Jason Poole, the executive chef of Dawson’s last week, and learned that his restaurant is anything but an industry cliché. Located at 1209 L Street, Dawson’s is the Hyatt Regency’s in-house steakhouse. But don’t call it a “hotel restaurant.” Dawson’s stands on its own. “We’re not...

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Wish I were there right now…

Wish I were there right now…

I’m sure it happens to all of us. You’re at stuck at home while friends or family members are having fun exploring places in far-flung corners of the world.

This post is a case in point. This morning I received an email from our Australian friends who are currently in the...

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Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Annie Haven’s Moo Poo Tea

Annie Haven’s Moo Poo Tea

So I had been hearing a lot of buzz on Facebook about this Moo Poo tea stuff.  I thought it was pretty funny actually.  But how good was it?  I conducted my own experiment.  I added some of Annie Haven's soil conditioner my front be...

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Yucca linearifolia benefiting from 75% pottery bargain

Yucca linearifolia benefiting from 75% pottery bargain

I happened to be at the Green Acres Nursery location in Folsom, CA yesterday, and they were closing out two lines of unglazed pottery. Even though I hadn’t meant to buy any pots, this is what I went home with:

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Lonely Bouquets to brighten Greater Sacramento on Sunday

How would you react if you found a bouquet of fresh flowers?

It’s not quite like the “Hidden Cash” craze, but such a find is its own kind of unique treasure. Instead of envelopes of money randomly taped to public sites, locally grown flower arrangements are left on park benches or...

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The Natomas Farm
….the troubled Farmer’s Market in our town

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Jun 27, 2014
….the troubled Farmer’s Market in our town

In the old days Farmers would set up fruit stands to generate income for the family farm. They would delivery to the town folks and to the Mom and Pop stores too. Then there was bartering..... a common practice that worked out great for all. Still....m...

Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Color of Summer

The Color of Summer

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The color of summer in a backyard vegetable garden is a show not to be missed. Like the rainbow, backyard produce can produce a glow, a hue, an iridescence that excites the soul. I can see that excitement in the photo to...

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Where did the sun go? Time to take pictures!

Where did the sun go? Time to take pictures!

Here in the Sacramento Valley, there is one constant in the summer (and that means from May until late September): The sun shines every day. You can count the number of overcast days on one hand. I’m not exaggerating!

Yesterday was one of those rare days. While the sun did come out a few...

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