• Spring

    ‘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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    The Wildflowers: Yellows and whites

    by  • April 29, 2015 • CA natives, Spring

    Wildflowers yellows and whites

    “What’s blooming Wednesday” In the Sierra foothills, after the blues, of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks, the early Spring wildflowers: The blues, come the yellows and whites of April. Have you seen these? All over the roadsides now you’ll see blooming Elderberry bushes, with lemony white umbrel (Umbrella) shaped flowers. have you wondered about...

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    Our good Sierra foothill soil

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Garden, Spring

    Our ‘bad’ soil…? I get comments all the time about ‘our bad soil’ in the Oakhurst, Coarsegold and North Fork areas.  Giving this some thought, I’m wondering if gardeners are making use of the natural ‘mulch’ we have in pine needles and oak leaves. After doing some reading on the tannins in oak leaves,...

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    Rainy Spring Walk with Maggie

    by  • April 4, 2013 • Garden, Spring

    On a rainy day in April, I still take Maggie for her daily walk in the garden.  It’s not cold and though Maggie’s not a fan of wet, she loves to walk and sniff, waggy, waggy…she sniffs everything!  Just yesterday, I was weeding the meadow, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, with the sun...

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    Up at dawn

    by  • May 19, 2012 • Something different, Spring, Weather

    Do you get up early?  I do,…but have found that many couples have one.  One that gets up at dawn and the other who sleeps through it all. The cool air, the purplish cast in the early, early dawn, the soft peeping of the first birds all draw me out to sleepily make my...

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    Garden orb of modest materials

    by  • June 10, 2011 • Design, Projects, Something different, Spring

    Everyone has seen these garden spheres in the garden, but recently after finding a bowling ball at Oakhurst’s “Clutter Clearance” I decided to try decorating one. I was inspired by an example found online on Google images, bought some bags of ‘gems’ used for filling vases to hold stems straight. Start with a clean and...

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    Wangling wood chips from work crews

    by  • June 10, 2011 • Spring

    I heard a huge truck coming down the driveway just now and my ears perked up. Tractor Man had walked up to the mailbox with Maggie, so it wasn’t him. Turns out the Asplundh tree trimmer guys came down with a huge load of nice fine textured mulch to dump at the end of...

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    Our love bugs

    by  • June 8, 2011 • Spring

    Bordered Plant Bug, Largus californicus These true bugs, ones with sucking mouth parts, live in the Sierras of California, especially in areas with lots of pine trees. These are striking looking fellows, with neon colored borders.  They seem to like the patio or at least that’s where we see them most. Home for these...

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    Lewis Creek: The Wildflowers

    by  • June 1, 2011 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    Lewis Creek is about 7 miles south of Yosemite National Park, CA. The trail all along it with the flowers,waterfalls and natural beauty are a lovely alternative to visiting the Park if you have limited time, or if you want to avoid crowds, or if the roads are snowy in the Spring. I described the trail...

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    Checking on May projects

    by  • May 27, 2011 • Garden, Projects, Spring

    Notes on what I am really doing in the garden. Mexican Primrose eradication in front beds Last Fall I decided to sift the soil of the front beds after the first quick weeding did nothing to get rid of this stubborn pretty. It is pretty at one stage, but dries to tall sticks throughout...

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