• About




    My name is Sue Langley. In 2005, my husband and I moved to seven acres of land in the Sierra Foothills of California, located just below Yosemite National Park. This began a new adventure for us and as a couple of city kids, we sure got an education about country life.

    We never dreamed we’d be building our own house,…much less designing, tiling floors and painting it!

    As a lifelong gardener, I am excited about gardening in this new location. The surroundings are wild and scenic, with a mountain rising high above the sloped property, filled with scrub oaks, manzanita and Ponderosa pines.

    This is the story of my new house and garden, started from scratch, in Zone 7, with the help of my Sunset Garden book, a stack of clipped out magazine articles, the neighbors and the local garden club.

    Why do I call myself a new mountain gardener?  Why, because I’m always learning new things about my garden and the surrounding mountain community!

    ~~ Sue Langley

    10 Responses to About

    1. Patti O'Kane
      September 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Dear Sue, I love your website. Found it by surfing the web for a Thanksgiving image. Would you consider giving me permission to use your Nov. 2010 “Wordless Thankful Wednesday” photo of the birds, pumpkins, pine cones and valley for my 2011 Thanksgiving postcard. These are for personal use only & I print them from Snapfish. I make about 30 postcards which go all over the continental US and to friends in Europe & the Middle East. I design my own stamp also from zazzle.com Of course I would credit you with the photo. So I am not a total stranger, I am a serious birder by passion (with some limited songbird banding training which I received along the Migratory flyway of Lake Ontario, outside Rochester, NY at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory. My friend is the master bander there,,,she would be one of the folks to receive my postcard!) and a psychiatric nurse practitioner in East New York-Brownsville, Brooklyn by vocation. I send out holiday cards with meaningful images to my friends to remind us of our great blessings. I just love your photo. It reminds me of visits to CA & my yearly summer trips to AZ. I hope you will consider permission to use the photo. No matter what your decision is, I wish you all good gifts & bountiful joy in your gardens. Thanks for pondering my request. Gratefully, Patti O’Kane

    2. September 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, you sure may…I photograph for pure enjoyment and am not possessive at all. I’m glad to know you like the photos

    3. Sandye
      April 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      I live on Malum Ridge. We should meet sometime!

      • April 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

        Hi Sandy, I guess we’re neighbors, then! How did you find my blog? Sue

    4. Nancy Wisseman
      May 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I was looking for spider pictures, trying to identify one we found on our property near North Fork, CA when I found your site. You even have a picture of the same spider. 🙂

      • May 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Isn’t Google wonderful? I’m glad you found it,…probably giant crab spider. The locals *call* them ‘wolf spiders’ but they aren’t really. Always a bit startling. If you like gardening, you may like this blog… Sue

    5. Nancy Wisseman
      May 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      I actually sent the picture into a spider identification web site and was told it is a variety of a Huntsman spider, also called a Giant Crab Spider or Woods Spider. Anyway, I subscribed to your blog because I do like gardening. My husband and I have a smallish one right now, but we are planning on expanding by next year to a much larger one. We love growing food for our family to eat.

    6. Adele
      September 16, 2014 at 12:48 am


      Hi Sue

      I am a Kiwi living in London and was searching the internet yesterday looking for a beautiful image of the Silver Fern, and I found the above link which looks like a photo you took while on holiday in my beautiful country. I am wondering if you would mind me using the photo on my website that is being relaunched later this week. The photo will be used on my About Adele page. It will feature 3 images of NZ fauna I love. The Koru, your image of fern leaves (hopefully), and a Punga tree.

      I am a international small business consultant/coach/mentor, and I am re-modelling my ‘stuff’ a bit to bring a bit more of NZ into my teaching world.

      I look forward to hearing from you ASAP.

      Thank you in advance.

      Adele McLay XX

      • Sue Langley
        February 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm

        Yes, Adele, you may use this image,…sorry I didn’t see this before… Thanks for the great comliment!

    7. Celeste Wheeler
      March 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Sue, I am writing the press release for the workshop you will be presenting in Sept. for the Oakhurst Library and I need to ask you a question. Please call me at your earliest convenience at 559-641-5435. Thank you.

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