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Feliz navidad from Mexico

Feliz navidad from Mexico

A friend just shared this photo from Fiesta Americana Condesa Resort in Cancún, Mexico where they are spending Christmas.

I love the giant red balls in front of the steel blue agaves. The agaves look like Agave tequilana to me.

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White Christmas 2015

White Christmas 2015

A month ago we had a white Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s place in Mount Shasta. That was a wonderful surprise, considering it doesn’t often snow that early any more.

Fast-forward four weeks. We’re back in Mount Shasta for Christmas, and look what Mother Nature has given us:

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the rest

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the rest

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Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, may it be magical and filled with joy and love.
© 2015 Gerhard Bock, www.succulentsandmore.com

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Monday Madness: salad dressing colored car

Monday Madness: salad dressing colored car

Not gardening- or plant-related but curious anyway, at least to me: Considering the number of paint colors to choose from when you buy a car, why would anybody choose this color?

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What is it anyway? Thousand Island Dressing Gone Bad? Essence of Flamingo? Or a new...

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In Decembers past…

In Decembers past…

I can’t remember a December when work has been so busy; I’ve barely had time to go outside. The weather has been nice enough, with just a few nights near or a tad below freezing, and the occasional rain shower to keep things hydrated. I continue to keep my fingers crossed for a mild...

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Breakfast at Ursula’s

Breakfast at Ursula’s

On Sunday we had breakfast with our friend Ursula who lives in downtown Davis. (We live in South Davis, which is separated from downtown by Interstate 80.) The fastest way to get to Ursula's house is through the historic Richards Blvd underpass. I've driven through that underpass hundreds, maybe thousands, of times...

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Bamboo thinning makes front yard look good for the holidays

Bamboo thinning makes front yard look good for the holidays

A few weeks ago I gave the Asian lemon bamboo (Bambusa eutuldoides ‘Viridivittata’) in the front yard a radical trim. I was so happy with the result that yesterday I decided to tackle two more bamboos: the Baby Blue (Bambusa chungii 'Barbellata') and Alphonse Karr (Bambusa multiplex 'Alphonse Karr'). 

I didn't thin these clumps as much...

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UC Davis early December aloe check

UC Davis early December aloe check

The other day I showed you how the winter-blooming aloes in my front yard are doing. Some should be in flower at or shortly after Christmas, depending on how many warm days we get between now and then.

I also took a quick trip to the UC Davis campus on Sunday to check...

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The Farmer Fred Rant
Where’s The Rain Going To Go?

Where’s The Rain Going To Go?

 When rainstorms come pouring through California each winter, think about this: Where is all that water going when it lands in your backyard? Here are some tips to protect your house, pool cover and prized outdoor plants located in low lying areas:


• Enjoy the rain...from indoors. Do as little as possible in the garden during a...

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Wednesday Vignette: ginkgo yellow

Wednesday Vignette: ginkgo yellow

Move over, mellow yellow. Ginkgo yellow is the new kid in town. At least for a few more days.

How we see color, and respond to it, is highly subjective. For me, the yellow of ginkgo leaves at their autumn peak is one of the cheeriest colors I know....

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