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Visiting Anna Zakaria’s whimsical succulent garden

Visiting Anna Zakaria’s whimsical succulent garden

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Google’s definition of the word “whimsical” applies perfectly to Anna Zakaria’s succulent creations. I had seen Anna’s work on her Facebook page and on her blog, 4 Surya Garden, and I had met her at Donna and Keith’s pottery...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Garden tours show Sacramento’s links to waterways

Seeds: Garden tours show Sacramento’s links to waterways


A “Crimson Queen” Japanese maple, left, graces the Happy Frog Pond in the garden of Pauline and Irv Faria, which will be open to the public April 26. Above, one of the garden’s camellias.

We are a community built on waterways. That sense of place not only inspires major...

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California poppies and claret cup cactus (update)

California poppies and claret cup cactus (update)

Last September I showed you a 22-inch terracotta bowl planted with three varieties of claret cup cactus and a small Agave toumeyana ssp. bella. Somehow a California poppy seed landed near the edge of the bowl and has since turned into a beautiful clump of flowers.

On April 3...

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Wildflower meadow: every neighborhood should have one!

Wildflower meadow: every neighborhood should have one!

I see them every year in the big-box home improvement stores: large bags or even small buckets of seed mixes that promise an instant wildflower meadow. The idea is fantastic, and yet how many such meadows have you actually encountered? I bet very few.

I don’t know how the meadow you see in this...

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Cactus flower extravaganza at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Cactus flower extravaganza at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Anybody driving by the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA right now will be greeted by a spectacle of cactus flowers. I just about lost control of the car yesterday when I saw this:

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It’s not just the riotous...

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Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 spring plant sale recap

Ruth Bancroft Garden 2014 spring plant sale recap

Yesterday was the spring plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden (RBG) in Walnut Creek, CA. This is one event I wouldn’t miss for the world. Usually I go by myself, but this time I brought along fellow succulent fanatic Candy Suter, Ms Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents herself.

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Showing off in Sacramento-area garden tours

Seeds: Showing off in Sacramento-area garden tours


Phillips and Rix Pink China Climber is among the rare roses in Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery.

We all know how April showers bring May flowers (and hopefully, we’ll have a few of both). But April flowers have the power to bring out something else – crowds.

April’s...

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TGIF, white poppies, and Ruth Bancroft Garden plant sale

TGIF, white poppies, and Ruth Bancroft Garden plant sale

It’s been a long week, but Friday is finally here. Thank you, Katy Perry, for getting me in the mood!

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 12) is the spring plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. One of the many kinds of plants they’ll be selling is Agave montana. I have two...

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Quick update on our new desert garden bed

Quick update on our new desert garden bed

Time for a quick update on our new front-yard desert garden. We planted it on March 15 and 16 when temperatures were in the mid-80s. This must have been quite a shock to many of the plants which had been used to milder temperatures, both at the nursery and in the staging...

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Photos of California’s beautiful spring: Green hills and California poppy meadow

Photos of California’s beautiful spring: Green hills and California poppy meadow

A friend was visiting this weekend and we decided to take a drive to Lake Berryessa, about 45 minutes west of here. The route is very scenic, especially in the spring. Thanks to the series of rain storms we had in recent weeks, the hills were as green as I had expected....

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