• Fall

    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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    Growing Iris, Planting bulbs and sowing wildflowers

    by  • October 30, 2015 • Fall, Garden

    Fall is time for dividing iris, planting and sowing wildflower seeds… Bearded Iris Growing Tips Spring-flowering bulbs thrive in full or partial sun. Good drainage is important for most bulbs, so avoid placing them in soggy areas and in low-lying parts of the garden where water pools during wet winters and spring thaw. Dig...

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    The colors of Autumn in the Sierra foothill garden…

    by  • October 6, 2014 • Fall, Garden

    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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    The season of clouds and light

    by  • November 20, 2013 • Fall, Sierra Foothills

    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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    Violas over daffodils

    by  • November 29, 2012 • Fall, Garden, How to, Plant Profiles, Projects

    End of March 2011, everybody's fine!

    Violas and pansies are perfect daffodil partners Last year, I planted violas over the mini daffodils in patio pots and want to do the same this year. Deer don’t bother these on the patio,…they rarely come up the concrete steps any more and they aren’t attracted to either plant.  It’s a safe zone.  ...

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    When every leaf is a flower

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

    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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    Riding the High Country

    by  • December 13, 2011 • Fall, Field Trip, Sierra Foothills

     “Hmmm. Wonder where that goes?” My husband says as we pass by a hidden trail heading into the forest.  Those are familiar words to me and a joy to him as a new trail is a treat to explore with his friends where they’ll find new routes long ago forgotten through the spectacular Sierra...

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    December gardening in the Sierra foothills

    by  • December 7, 2011 • Fall, Garden

    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

    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

    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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    A garden seasoned with Autumn sage

    by  • November 28, 2011 • Fall, Garden, Plant Profiles

    Autumn sages, Salvia greggii, are low key shrubs most of the year. In cool seasons these evergreen mounding sages shine and give us blooms for a long period adding radiant color to the garden. Right now in my garden they are still in full bloom and it reminds me to buy more! I’d love...

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    At the level of mushrooms

    by  • November 14, 2011 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    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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