• About Sue Langley

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    Green and serene: My woodsy sitting area

    by  • September 18, 2017 • Garden, landscaping

    Finished,..for now...

    First exercise,…then relax……completing a ‘relaxing’ project! Friends, I’ve been stretching, doing knee bends and weight-lifting! At the gym? No,…my latest big garden project! Not too big a deal but I’ve been meaning to spiff up my sad, little sitting area under the big oak and started this week, by finding new chair cushions.. Serene...

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    California Bush Anemone!

    by  • May 23, 2017 • CA natives, Garden

    Carpenteria californica, California Anemone

    Happy discovery! On Crane Valley Rd (221), just north of Manzanita Lake Rd,(222) going toward Bass Lake, I discovered something quite wonderful! Two full grown California Bush Anemones! That may not sound exciting, but in my own garden I had just discovered that my own California Bush Anemone, Carpenteria californica, finally, finally, had pushed up...

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    Sycamore, king of Sierra foothill trees

    by  • May 13, 2017 • CA natives, Sierra Foothills

    Sycamore

    The stately sycamore With slanted and twisted trunks and mottled bark, the California Sycamore is a majestic curiosity.  For me, this stately native marks nature’s cycle with beauty and grace and also reminds me of my childhood. Sycamore! I love this tree and grew up with one next to our lawn in suburbia. I used to volunteer to...

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    Grow a ‘Cut and Come Again’ salad garden

    by  • April 19, 2017 • Edibles, Garden

    ‘Cut and Come Again’ Salad Garden-featured

    How to grow a Salad! Thinking about ‘Cut and Come Again’ salad gardens…you may have already started lettuce or mesclun seeds or found some healthy starts to plant. For Cut and Come again, you snip off the leaves about an inch and a half from the soil, make your salad, then two weeks later...

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    Growing your garden, all from seed!

    by  • March 19, 2017 • Edibles, Garden

    My wheelbarrow full of happy Johnny Jump ups self seeded from last year

    Learning to grow from seed It’s Spring!  My friend, Marie, inspires me so much with her courtyard garden fitted with raised garden beds she and her husband built. Each year she plants a garden and this one is all from seed. Here she shares a few easy secrets. Also, which flower seeds transplant best, building...

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    A water-saving veggie garden for the foothills

    by  • February 17, 2017 • Sierra Foothills

    4 Tomatoes, eggplant and peppers

    Your water-wise veggie garden Does everyone in our Mountain Community grow at least one tomato? I think so! For me, sun-ripe, sliced tomato sandwiches, with slivers of cheddar, a little lettuce, salt and mayo is the goal.   Planning now Now, in early early spring, is the time to plan and build that deer...

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    Earliest Spring bloomers to plant now

    by  • February 1, 2017 • Garden

    Winter and early spring blooming plants Brighten these grey, rainy days in the foothills with cool-season bloomers in containers and areas close to your home where they can easily be seen.  Annuals can provide quick color and perennials and shrubs will reward you year after year with reliable and surprising blooms, should you forget...

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    Pretty propagating: How To Multiply your Plants

    by  • November 21, 2016 • Garden, How to

    Lamb's ears are easy reseeders

    Propagating plants in a Sierra foothill garden Propagating plants is making new plants from existing ones in your garden. Anyone can be a plant propagator with these easy, traditional and low-tech techniques that are perfect for our California foothills. It’s fun and economical, and you’ll be surprised to see how easy it is with these...

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    Day Trip! Bald Mountain exploring

    by  • November 19, 2016 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills

    2016-11 Bald Mountain 4WD

    Call of the Wild! Attention, Four Wheel drivers… The view from the top of Bald Mountain, looking down on Shaver Lake is astonishing and awe-inspiring.  The summit where the fire lookout stands is one of the highest places you can drive in the Sierra National Forest! Check out our four wheeling day up on Bald Mountain and the...

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    Fall color in the garden: A gallery

    by  • September 17, 2016 • Drought tolerant plants, Fall

    Path through my Fall garden

    I was able to show photos  as I gave a talk today on Fall Color at the Oakhurst Library.  For those who missed this event, here is what happened! Fall color surprises! It’s fun to discover Fall color in the garden when you don’t expect it, but don’t forget to plan for more color by choosing...

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    Year-round hummingbirds of the Sierra foothills

    by  • September 14, 2016 • Sierra Foothills, Wildlife

    What do you call a group of hummingbirds? A charm!

    Attracting Hummingbirds to the garden… Plant a hummingbird garden and they will come!  Lure them right into your own garden with a proper feeder or this list of plants so that you can enjoy them.  Be sure to keep binoculars and a zoom camera handy.  Hiding behind the drapery may become a habit when you begin attract these living...

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    Discover Hummingbird Mint!

    by  • June 27, 2016 • Plant Profiles

    Hyssop or Agastashe or Hummingbird mint

    A plant I’d love to see in local nurseries… Considering their long-lasting vibrant blooms, hardiness and resistance to drought, deer, extreme temps, Hyssops or Agastache offer plenty of food for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. What more can a gardener ask for? No wonder they’re adored by gardeners far and wide – with several varieties hardy to USDA...

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    Corn lilies of Beasore Meadow

    by  • May 30, 2016 • Field Trip, Native plants

    Corn lily or Skunk cabbage?  I find out… A wildflower walk yields a new name and an interesting plant to photograph up in the high country near Jones’s Store in Beasore Meadow. Travel from Bass Lake, California, up Beasore Road, opposite the Pines Village, and you’ll be in the high country within 40 minutes....

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    Trying out the new Calscape website

    by  • April 27, 2016 • Sierra Foothills

    An easy tool to find CA native plants for you! Just enter your address into this database and all the CA native plants that are perfect for your garden are displayed with photos and descriptions. It’s easy and fun! Despite the wettest winter in five years, California remains in a drought which is motivating...

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