• Summer

    Last day of June in the garden

    by  • July 2, 2015 • Garden, Summer • 1 Comment

    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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    Larry Rettig’s melancholy and ‘Summer Treasures’

    by  • October 15, 2012 • Something different, Summer, Weather • 0 Comments

    Leaf miners eat leaves in a pattern, never seemingly to cross its own path

    Here in the Sierra foothills of California, sometimes the Autumn season brings a feeling of melancholy to gardeners, faced with drooping faded flowers, drizzly rains and overcast skies. Larry Rettig, a member of Dave’s Garden website, pondered this feeling one day while out walking and a poem just came to him that expressed all...

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    Yosemite Nature Notes- Moonbows and Sky Islands

    by  • September 16, 2011 • Summer • 0 Comments

    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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    Hot as an oven, …a California ghost town

    by  • September 2, 2011 • Field Trip, History, Sierra Foothills, Something different, Summer • 7 Comments

    St Catherine's Church cemetery, little ovens

    Field Trip: Hornitos On a recent photo trek through the area between the Sierra foothills and the Central Valley of California, the little tiny town of Hornitos was found, baking in the 105 degree heat. My brother Ken accompanied me. Quiet and deserted now, the one-street town once had 15,000 people living there, Mexicans...

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    Time Tracking in the Garden

    by  • August 23, 2011 • Garden, Summer • 5 Comments

    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 • 3 Comments

    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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    NZ Week- The Plants of New Zealand

    by  • February 5, 2011 • Summer, Take a NZ vacation, Winter • 10 Comments

    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 • 2 Comments

    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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