• Plant Profiles

    Two garden accidents and a happy ending

    by  • April 25, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles

    OK, there are conflicting accounts, but seeing as it is my blog, I will say that the Tractor Man got too close to my container plant. Tractor Man came in after the accident full of advice for me, primarily to keep my garden further away from his driveway. No defense is needed for my part, so...

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    Blue-eyed grass, a native gem

    by  • April 19, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    It’s California Native Plant Week and I’m profiling a different California native each day that is on my particular wish list.  Today is a favorite, Blue-eyed grass.   Western Blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium bellum “Out of the clover & blue-eyed grass He turned them into the river-lane; One after another he let them pass, Then fastened the...

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    A California native, served sunny side up

    by  • April 18, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Spring

    It’s California Native Plant Week and I’m profiling a different California native each day that is on my particular wish list. The first is Coulter’s Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri. The flowers of the tall and dramatic Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri, look eggish, growing atop an 8-12 foot plant.  A perennial, this grey-green leafed California...

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    Of fog and rain

    by  • December 18, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles, Weather

    “An absolute patience. Trees stand up to their knees in fog. The fog slowly flows uphill. White cobwebs, the grass leaning where deer have looked for apples. The woods from brook to where the top of the hill looks over the fog, send up not one bird. So absolute, it is no other than...

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    Why did these gummy resins make good presents?

    by  • December 14, 2010 • Plant Profiles, Winter

    Frankincense and myrrh These fascinating herbs are best known through the story of the Three Wise Men delivering gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the baby Jesus. Even though details of the story of the three wise men are questionable, the Bible does specify that gifts were given of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Besides gold,...

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