• Garden

    Thinking plant combinations in a California foothill garden

    by  • February 26, 2012 • Design, Garden, Plant Profiles

    Have you ever noticed a striking color combination when planting flowers together by chance?  You suddenly see that the hot pink rockrose bloom looks stunning with lime and burgundy euphorbia.  Or you see that an orange Monkey flower contrasts wonderfully with an iridescent lavender-blue Cleveland sage ‘Pozo’.  I recently became aware of this particular...

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    Then and Now-The back slope

    by  • February 12, 2012 • Design, Garden

    In a series of Then and Now photos, it’s satisfying to look back nostalgically to see how far we have come.  Bought in 2000, and in a completely natural area, we’ve tried to preserve the beauty of our 7 acres near the Sierra foothills of California, as we make a place for ourselves in...

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    Rain gardens for the Sierra foothills

    by  • February 11, 2012 • Design, Garden, Winter

    What is a rain garden? It’s a garden specifically designed to take advantage of where water naturally collects. In dry climates, this extra water allows a wider variety of plants to be grown. Rain gardens can also be planned just to direct water away from certain areas, like home foundations or low spots that...

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    Keeping garden records

    by  • January 26, 2012 • Garden, How to, Projects

    Plant lists for each shopping trip

    Simple Record Keeping for the Garden Fall and winter can be good times to settle in and plan for future projects. One thing that helps is keeping records, making lists and collecting clippings all in one place A garden journal can help when sorting out a new garden situation.   It is all different gardening...

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    My favorite gardening equipment

    by  • January 21, 2012 • Garden, Winter

    Winter is a good time to evaluate your garden tools. I’ve stashed them all away for the coming rain and in doing so, looked them all over really good.  After gardening for so many years you kind of get a familiar routine or system when it comes to your equipment, gardening clothes and tools.  First of...

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    Indian summer-January First Views

    by  • January 4, 2012 • Garden, Winter

     In each month of the year, on the first few days, we post wide views of what our gardens look like in that month.  Town Mouse of Town Mouse and Country Mouse, started this series of posts, called a meme, and any garden bloggers can take part. Go here to post a link to her blog....

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    How will you garden in 2012?

    by  • December 28, 2011 • Garden, Something different

    I am interested in business practices in general after owning my own small company for 20 years and became fascinated by how businesses get their customers, specifically how trends are set to direct spending. This is off my normal topic but may interest you if you plan on spending any money this year on...

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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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