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The Natomas Farm
“……………….he planted dinner for us”!

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Sep 15, 2014
“……………….he planted dinner for us”!

It seems that the locals just love our produce. They will come in the middle of the night to acquire our fresh and tender offerings. The bad part of all this is that the locals are jack rabbits.......and they dont pay for what they take!The farm decide...

Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
The Succulent Extravaganza 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

The Succulent Extravaganza 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

Less than two weeks away is one of my favorite times of the year!   Yes indeed folks it is time for the 4th Annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens Nursery.  If you click on the link you will get all the juicy details.  And it's FREE!  It's being held on September...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Quilters piece together tribute to State Parks

From simple needle and thread grew history preserved in fabric.

Inspired by their favorite state parks, quilters throughout California pieced together a fitting tribute to a milestone anniversary. And now the public is invited to two parties to celebrate – including one today.

California’s State Parks system...

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In Search of the Finer Things
The National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa

The National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa

I remember when my aunt gave me the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog and a gift certificate for a birthday gift. After all these years, it is still my favorite seed company and every winter I dream of my spring garden and what new seeds I will invest ...

Bamboo and More
#GBFling2014: Rhone Street Gardens

#GBFling2014: Rhone Street Gardens

As we’re pushing the 100°F mark down here in the Sacramento Valley, let’s return to Portland, OR—specifically a cool rainy morning in July when the Garden Bloggers Fling contingent visited Rhone Street Gardens. This is the domain of Fling co-organizer Scott Weber, lover of grasses and photographer extraordinaire, and...

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The Natomas Farm
….the Queen is gone.

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Sep 10, 2014
….the Queen is gone.

Sparky Dog......the K9 Queen of her puppies.....Shadow, Damn Lucky, Black, and Number Four......has left us on this dark day at the farm. A very dark day. I sit here choking back tears....as I write.I found her 15 years ago in a local ad.......an addre...

Bamboo and More
Heads up: Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens, September 26+27, 2014

Heads up: Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens, September 26+27, 2014

120928_SucculentGardens_entrance-plantingThe 4th annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens in Castroville, CA will take place on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. That’s in two weeks, folks! If you love succulents and live in Northern California, you won’t want to miss this spectacular—and...

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Bamboo and More
Update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

Update: Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ and Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that one of my Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ (Agave macroacantha × Manfreda maculosa) was starting to flower. Since then the flower stalk has grown exponentially. As of this afternoon, it’s exactly 72 inches (183 cm) tall. It looks like the first flowers might open in a few...

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Bamboo and More
Hawaii: Spectacular variegated banana

Hawaii: Spectacular variegated banana

This summer we spent two weeks on the Big Island of Hawaii. On our last day we had extra time on our hands since our flight home didn’t leave until 9 p.m. We decided to drive up to the cloud forest above Kona, located in an area called Kaloko Mauka. The...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Begonias survive shaker, now ready for show

Joan Coulat admits she was shook up by the Aug. 24 Napa quake – and so were a thousand begonias.

These prized plants already had been through some near-death experiences. But they’re true survivors – and remarkably thriving.

“Now, I just want somebody to come and buy them,”...

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