• Sierra Foothills

    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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    Orange in the Sierra Foothill Garden

    by  • September 14, 2011 • Sierra Foothills, Weather

    Color in the garden Not only plants provide color in the Sierra foothills… On certain days in the fall, the setting sun  focuses its light in a strip of light on the mountain. All these views are looking east onto the Peckinpah Ridge. It’s a sign of the changing season to me. Even on...

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    Soap Plant in full bloom

    by  • July 24, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills

    Soap plant close up

    Studying the singular Soap Plant As the season passes, the Soap Plant is on the wane, still over 7 feet tall, waving over the drying meadow and garden. Here is a record of its life cycle here in the Sierra foothills. Wavyleaf Soap Plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum Startling at first, this strange plant is really very...

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    What’s blooming in June

    by  • June 27, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Summer

    Here are the native and non-native flowers and plants that are blooming this month in my Sierra foothill garden. The green seedpods of the Chocolate-scented daisy will dry in a layered pattern circling the center of the flower. None of the seeds I collected sprouted with the winter-sown method this year so further reading will have...

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    Celebrate the Summer solstice

    by  • June 21, 2011 • Garden, Sierra Foothills, Summer, Weather

    Welcome Summer! On the summer solstice which is today, the Northern Hemisphere receives more sunlight than on any other day of the year, but that doesn’t mean the first day of summer is also the hottest day of summer,…except here where I live. Garden first, breakfast second Going out to the garden first thing...

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