• Garden

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Last day of June in the garden

    by  • July 2, 2015 • Garden, Summer

    Cupflower, or Nierembergia

    What I’m REALLY doing in the garden…last day of June I just came in from an hour out in the garden! Yep, from 6:30am to now, I puttered in the garden doing what I call ‘watering as needed.’ Lamb’s ears are a good ‘indicator plant’ for watering and when this VERY hardy plant droops,...

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    ‘First week of June’ gardening day

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Garden, Spring

    Cleveland sage

    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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    Winter welcome in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Garden, Winter

    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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    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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    Planting in an old wicker chair

    by  • August 22, 2013 • Garden, Projects

    Wicker chair

    I’m a fan of this chair! Take a couple old pieces of junk and transform them into into a tiny little garden scene using just a little imagination.  It’s sometimes difficult to find outdoor decoration that will fit into a ranchy/foresty type garden but this wicker chair is a classic.  Here’s how I planted...

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    Summer progress on the straw bale garden

    by  • July 11, 2013 • Edibles, Garden

    Part Two: Summer In May, Tractor Man and I lugged four bales of hay down our slope and set them up as a garden! At the same time, we constructed a ‘Ranch Gate Garden’, by stringing three old ranch gates together that we found on our place, fencing in the 16′ x16′ garden. The...

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