• Fall

    The season of clouds and light

    by  • November 20, 2013 • Fall, Sierra Foothills • 2 Comments

    Wispy clouds settle on the pines

    November’s first rains start the season I call Clouds and Light. After months of brilliant blue, sunny skies, the weather and wildlife are the stars of the show… The garden is buttoned up, the last of the garden’s produce picked and there is a rest for the gardener, finally. With the Peckinpah Ridge as...

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    When every leaf is a flower

    by  • November 13, 2012 • Design, Fall, Garden • 6 Comments

    One evening near dark, I lost myself as I wandered, looking for turning leaves around the place. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  Albert Camus French “the quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes,...

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    December gardening in the Sierra foothills

    by  • December 7, 2011 • Fall, Garden • 6 Comments

    What you and I can do now in the Sierra foothills: Christmas shop! Christmas trees are at our local Western Sierra Nursery right now and as an added bonus, owner, Mark Holland, will be serving from his cauldron of chili most every day to shoppers buying bulbs, bare root veggies and violas, all of...

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    December First Views-Late Fall Chores

    by  • December 1, 2011 • Fall, Garden • 6 Comments

    First views is a meme that Town Mouse started in order to get wider views of our gardens to show the changes from month to month. You can join in here on Town Mouse’s Mr Linky link.. In December the blooms of the summer have really faded and you search for small pleasures where you...

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    Stellar’s jay means cool weather in Autumn

    by  • November 30, 2011 • Fall, Wildlife • 4 Comments

    At Sierra Foothill Garden, we love birds! In our albums we have collected, there are many photos of the ones in our backyards, from humble sparrows to brilliant bluebirds.  And what better time than Autumn and Winter for watching them? It’s a sign Cool weather is here.  Steller’s jay, Cyanocitta stelleri, with its black...

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    At the level of mushrooms

    by  • November 14, 2011 • Fall, Plant Profiles • 3 Comments

    Too risky to try

    “Misidentify a mushroom and your liver could dissolve.”  Hank Shaw, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook  After one autumn rain, it’s enough moisture to release a passel of mushrooms pushing up from the loamy soil here along one of my paths.  I noticed that a few have been kicked, (by a man walking a dog) which...

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