• Summer

    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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    Yosemite Nature Notes- Moonbows and Sky Islands

    by  • September 16, 2011 • Summer

    Yosemite Nature Notes is a video series produced by Steven M. Bumgardner, an employee of Sequoia National Park.  I’ve blogged about the first 14 videos in the series before. Here are the next two, Moonbows and Sky Islands. Yosemite Nature Notes – Episode 16 – Sky Islands Throughout the Sierra Nevada, high flat plateaus...

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    Time Tracking in the Garden

    by  • August 23, 2011 • Garden, Summer

    Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. Jane Austen Sometimes it can be so enjoyable to have unlimited time to wander and putter and work on projects in the garden, but if I’m short of time, I...

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    How Sharley divides an African Violet

    by  • July 10, 2011 • Summer

    The popularity of African violets in the US began in the 1920s when the Armacost and Royston Nursery in Los Angeles began selling a number of easy to grow hybrids through the first retail store, Woolworth who began distributing the now famous violets nationwide. Their constant bloom and ability to thrive indoors continue their...

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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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    NZ Week- The Plants of New Zealand

    by  • February 5, 2011 • Summer, Take a NZ vacation, Winter

    Sunday- Rarangi Beach Monday-Blenheim Wineries and Gardens Tuesday-Totaranui and Abel Tasman Nat’l Park Wednesday-Birds of Abel Tasman Thursday- Nelson, New Zealand Friday- Picton and the Marlborough Sounds Saturday-Native Plants of New Zealand The wild and wonderful plants of New Zealand So many plants, exotic and commonplace, native to NZ and native to California! First...

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    NZ Week- Picton and the Marlborough Sounds

    by  • February 4, 2011 • Summer, Take a NZ vacation, Winter

    Picton, the gem of the Marlborough Sounds Sunday- Rarangi Beach Monday-Blenheim Wineries and Gardens Tuesday-Totaranui and Abel Tasman Nat’l Park Wednesday-Birds of Abel Tasman Thursday- Nelson, New Zealand Friday- Picton and the Marlborough Sounds Saturday-The Plants of New Zealand Picton is where you land, if traveling by car or campervan from the North Island, which...

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