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Labor Day visit to Annie’s Annuals

Labor Day visit to Annie’s Annuals

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials in Richmond, CA, one the most iconic nurseries in Northern California, is having a big Labor Day sale. Until Labor Day (Monday, September 2) all plants are 20% off.

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I took advantage of this opportunity for a quick...

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The Sacramento Bee
Historic Woodland ready for annual Stroll

There are benefits to being off the beaten path.

Richard Bellows cites location as key to the preservation of Woodland’s downtown, filled with buildings a century old or more.

“We’re not on Highway 99,” said Bellows, a local historian. “A lot of (central California) cities probably had mansions...

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Bamboo and More
What’s in bloom, August 2014 edition

What’s in bloom, August 2014 edition

For some reason, I always seem to miss the monthly Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from around the world post photos of what’s in flower in their garden at that particular point in time. Call me two weeks early or two weeks late, but here’s...

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Bamboo and More
Mexican poppy mystery

Mexican poppy mystery

This spring we had a profusion of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) in the succulent bed along the driveway (1 2). I removed most of the regular orange poppies after they were done blooming but let the yellow- and red-flowering selections (‘White Linen’ and ‘Red Chief’) go to seed because...

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The Natomas Farm
…… easy to make goods for resale

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Aug 25, 2014
…… easy to make goods for resale














Recently the County of Sacramento decided to do a on site inspection of the local Farmers Market. These inspections are not something that is new...rather have been going on since the beginning of time. Rio Linda has had several of these inspections in the past year.

The local jam/jelly makers...

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Zazzle dazzle and more new goodies

Aug 25, 2014
Zazzle dazzle and more new goodies

Inspired by a recent post on A Growing Obsession entitled Checking out the nurseries in August, I dropped by Green Acres Nursery in Sacramento to do some exploring. As Denise so eloquently said in her post, this “is the perfect time to discover the true survivors” of our long,...

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The Natomas Farm
No…we dont sell bananas and pineapples.

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Aug 23, 2014
No…we dont sell bananas and pineapples.

(This is a repost from a few months ago).Farmer Deno gets a lot of questions about where to find fresh produce other than from our farm. We cant grow every thing....but I certainly can help you out on this question of "where".Before you think that ...

The Natomas Farm
…….this ain’t no bone Farmer Deno

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Aug 23, 2014
…….this ain’t no bone Farmer Deno

Lucky turns her head away from the given gift of watermelon while Number Four is giving off an low guttural sound of hostility. I'll sleep with my door closed tonight.Talking about watermelons.....after the harvest several weeks ago....I decided to j...

The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Trees need extra TLC during drought

Walk down almost any residential street in Sacramento and you’ll see the cumulative effects of this dry, dry year. Often in the middle of a brown lawn stands a very sad, droopy tree.

Once drought restrictions are lifted, the lawn can be renewed or replaced in a matter of weeks. But...

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Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ about to flower

Mangave ‘Bloodspot’ about to flower

One of the major surprises of this summer is this Mangave ‘Bloodspot’:

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It’s about to flower!

I’m not quite sure whether to be excited or sad. Most agaves die after flowering while manfredas flower every year without dying. ‘Bloodspot’...

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