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Happy New Year….Brrr it’s cold!

Happy New Year….Brrr it’s cold!

Happy New YearI hope everyone had a great new year and got home safe and sound.  We spend a quiet evening with friends and watched the new year on TV.  Doesn't sound exciting I know but it was nice.California is experiencing it's first really...

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Snow in Tucson

Snow in Tucson

So, how often does it snow in Tucson?

I asked a bunch of people today, and their answers ranged from once a year to once every three years.

As you may remember from yesterday’s post, it had started to rain in the afternoon. The rain never stopped, and when I looked...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Happy Gardening New Year!

Happy Gardening New Year!

Good morning and welcome to 2015! Wait, the clock says 12:12 PM! Did I really sleep that long? I've got to stop watching those New Year's Eve broadcasts on Univision. That's right, I said Univision. Even though most of the programming flies right over ...

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Two Tucson nurseries that rock—and rain!

Two Tucson nurseries that rock—and rain!

I’m happy to report that the two Tucson nurseries I visited today more than made up for the largely disappointing experience I had in Phoenix yesterday. That means I’m ending 2014 on a high note as far as plants go!

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The Farmer Fred Rant
Happy New Year, Mr. Freeze!

Happy New Year, Mr. Freeze!

It took awhile, but several hours of continuous freezing temperatures are finally coming to Sacramento's 2014-2015 wintertime experience...on New Year's morning. The National Weather Service is forecasting a freeze watch for a wide swath of Northern California from New Year's Eve through January 2. Their prediction includes temperatures falling into the...

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Phoenix nursery (s)hopping, with mixed results

Phoenix nursery (s)hopping, with mixed results

Today I had reserved time to do some nursery (s)hopping in Phoenix. I’d compiled a list of four nurseries based on information I found online and some general recommendations in gardening forums. While none of them specializes in succulents per se, it was my assumption that they would have a much better selection...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Choppin’ Broccoli

Choppin’ Broccoli

Dana Carvey Performs The Lady I KnowIt is one of my most favorite skits from Saturday Night Live past. Comedian Dana Carvey performs the timeless classic of "The Lady I Know," otherwise known by its second and more popular name: Choppin' Broccoli. That...

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Return to the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Return to the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

Last year I packed three visits to the Desert Botanical Garden into my stay in Phoenix. This year my schedule only allowed time for one visit so I made it count: I stayed for almost 6 hours! I was exhausted when I got back to the car, not only because of the...

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Two Palm Springs must-sees for succulent lovers

Two Palm Springs must-sees for succulent lovers

Palm Springs, California has been a popular resort for over 100 years, especially in the winter when the days are reliably sunny and warm (but not blistering like in the summer). The climate is ideal for growing succulents, and there is one well-known botanical garden nearby: the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens...

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Huntington Desert Garden, finally

Huntington Desert Garden, finally

The Desert Garden at the Huntington in Pasadena, CA is one of the oldest and most revered succulent gardens in the world. It’s been at the very top of my must-see list for many years, and today I finally got a chance to visit it. This post is just a teaser. I...

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