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Front yard succulent mounds finally mulched

Front yard succulent mounds finally mulched

In February we finally removed the front lawn and replaced it with two succulent mounds surrounded by decomposed gravel walkways. The rock we had originally chosen as the top dressing, California Gold, ended up being too pink for our taste. I started to dig it into the soil to a) improve...

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Whimsical and wonderful: Bunny Jean Cunningham’s art garden on Pence Gallery Garden Tour

Whimsical and wonderful: Bunny Jean Cunningham’s art garden on Pence Gallery Garden Tour

The Pence Gallery (or “Pence,” as everybody calls it) is an institution here in Davis. Established in 1976, this not-for-profit community art gallery is not only a popular downtown destination, it’s also a leading player in the visual arts scene in Northern California.

As a fundraiser, the Pence organizes...

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First Echinopsis cactus flower in the front yard

First Echinopsis cactus flower in the front yard

For me, cactus flowers are among the most beautiful sights in nature. Often large and remarkably detailed, they typically require so much energy to produce that they only last for day or two.

The genus Echinopsis, one of the largest, most amorphous, and most contested in the Cactaceae family, arguably has the...

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Where spiky meets stylish: Grow Nursery, Cambria, CA

Where spiky meets stylish: Grow Nursery, Cambria, CA

My personal highlight of our spring break trip to California’s Central Coast in March was Grow Nursery in the small town of Cambria, about 20 miles from our home base of Morro Bay. Grow is owned and operated by Nick Wilkinson. Although he wasn’t able to make it this year,...

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Perfect flower on Leucospermum ‘Goldie’

Perfect flower on Leucospermum ‘Goldie’

It’s no secret that I love the Proteaceae family. Most of these Southern Hemisphere shrubs—think of the sugarbushes (proteas), conebushes (leucadendrons) and pincushions (leucospermus) from South Africa, or grevilleas and banksias from Australia, to name just a few—have beautiful foliage, stunning flowers or both.

The pincushions (leucospermums) aren’t all that blessed...

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Recap: 2016 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 2 of 2)

Recap: 2016 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of this post I showed you the outside vendor area at the 56th Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale, held last weekend, May 7-8, at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in Sacramento, CA.

Now let’s go inside the building to take a look...

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Recap: 2016 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1 of 2)

Recap: 2016 Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale (part 1 of 2)

Last weekend, May 7-8, the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society (SCSS) held its annual Show & Sale. This year marked the 56th anniversary of this event—quite an accomplishment, considering how short-lived many volunteer-run organizations are.

This post focuses on the vendor area in the courtyard of the Shepard Garden and...

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Heads up: Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale this weekend, May 7-8, 2016

Heads up: Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale this weekend, May 7-8, 2016

What are you doing this coming weekend, May 7 and 8? If you’re in Sacramento or are up for the drive, join us for the Sacramento Cactus & Succulent Society’s Show & Sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center adjacent to McKinley Park. This will be the club’s 56th show, and it promises...

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Serendipity in the jungle: Marcia Donahue’s art garden

Serendipity in the jungle: Marcia Donahue’s art garden

The second garden Kathy Stoner and I visited on the recent Garden Conservancy East Bay Open Day was listed in the Open Day Directory under the intriguing moniker “Our Own Stuff Gallery Garden.”

The description was no less tantalizing:

My small urban garden...

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A riot of color: Keeyla Meadows’ Bay Area art garden

A riot of color: Keeyla Meadows’ Bay Area art garden

I had seen many posts about Keeyla Meadows’ garden in Albany, CA (like this, this, this and this) but I had never had the opportunity to visit it until the Garden Conservancy’s Spring 2016 East Bay Open Day last Saturday.

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