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    ‘First week of June’ gardening day

    by  • June 30, 2015 • 1 Comment

    Just came in from the garden,…perfect day to be out there, especially with my camera. There was really nice, even lighting. Come see what I’m doing in the garden and what is blooming now in June. I’ve been trimming the lower branches off oaks and manzanita, …I’ll pull all that ivy, (from 1 4″...

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    June Bloom in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • May 31, 2015 • 2 Comments

    Half the year is over and in the garden I’m walking around taking stock.  June usually means the real riotous bloom of the Iris, fruit trees and bulbs is dying down.  Now the dry garden can be the spotlight. Our climate is very close to that of the Mediterranean. We can grow all the...

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    The Wildflowers: Yellows and whites

    by  • April 29, 2015 • 2 Comments

    Wildflowers yellows and whites

    “What’s blooming Wednesday” In the Sierra foothills, after the blues, of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks, the early Spring wildflowers: The blues, come the yellows and whites of April. Have you seen these? All over the roadsides now you’ll see blooming Elderberry bushes, with lemony white umbrel (Umbrella) shaped flowers. have you wondered about...

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    Spring wildflowers: The blues

    by  • March 30, 2015 • 2 Comments

    Spring wildflowers Blues

    Driving the foothills: Stopping and turning around…. We had to stop and turn around to photograph this field of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks under the oaks growing thickly in a patch. Iridescent blues just glowed here in a flowery show right next to the roadside not far from our home near Oakhurst. To...

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    Then and now, a slope full of blooming shrubs

    by  • March 25, 2015 • 17 Comments

    Then and Now a slope of blooming shrubs

    In a series of Then and Now photos, it’s satisfying to look back nostalgically to see how far we have come.  Bought in 2000, and in a completely natural area, we’ve striven to preserve the beauty of our 7 acres near the Sierra foothills of California, as we make a place for ourselves in this beautiful...

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    Winter welcome in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • December 17, 2014 • 9 Comments

    Winter garden 2014

    A Winter walk-around What’s blooming? What’s happening? A walk through my garden just before Winter begins. First off, the patio has been cleared of summer projects, tools, soil and extra containers! I’ve put three sugar cones in three pots to act as a winter centerpiece for the table and all the cushions are in...

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    In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    by  • October 8, 2014 • 4 Comments

    Intermountain-Nursery

    Celebrating a fine nursery… Have you been here?  I hope so! We are very fortunate to have a nursery nearby that purchases and grows plants that are perfect for our foothill gardens.  Besides having a wide variety of California native and drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, Bonnie Bladen, her husband Ray Laclergue and their staff...

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    The colors of Autumn in the Sierra foothill garden…

    by  • October 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Colors of Autumn

    October in the foothill garden Walking around the garden here in the foothills of Central California, I feel we’re really nearing the end of the gardening season.  I’m tired.  Tired of watering and ready to rake everything, gather up the rest of the clippings,  neaten the garden and come in for some rainy days....

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    Heat-proof your Sierra foothill garden

    by  • June 8, 2014 • 5 Comments

    Heatproof garden

    In our third year of drought in the Sierra foothills, we search for ways to allow our gardens to survive.   Here, you’ll see how to make your garden thrive!  Learn which plants to grow, how to water and how to preserve that water once it’s in the soil.  Included is a print and keep...

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    The Lavender Experiment

    by  • May 11, 2014 • 8 Comments

    Lavender fields

    What happens if you don’t trim lavender? You all may know I like garden experiments. For the last two years I’ve been experimenting with my Spanish lavender field and NOT trimming the blooms off. This is the field a week ago that I’ve not trimmed OR watered and as I went up to inspect,...

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