• Winter

    Winter welcome in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Garden, Winter • 9 Comments

    Winter garden 2014

    A Winter walk-around What’s blooming? What’s happening? A walk through my garden just before Winter begins. First off, the patio has been cleared of summer projects, tools, soil and extra containers! I’ve put three sugar cones in three pots to act as a winter centerpiece for the table and all the cushions are in...

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    A favorite junk store and a favorite day

    by  • November 24, 2012 • Winter • 5 Comments

    Finding a color scheme, Bauer pots and Talavera

    My Favorite Junk Store and Why I Like It I’m itchin’ to go to the junk stores again. Boy do I miss the “ARC Store” (Assoc of Retarded Citizens) in Fullerton, CA, near where I used to live. They’d bring new things in by the box-full EVERY DAY from the greater Los Angeles area...

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    Bringing home ‘rescued’ plants

    by  • September 15, 2012 • Plant Profiles, Winter • 4 Comments

    Brown leaves will fall and hopefully sprout again in spring!

    How to choose end-of-season sale plants Every year, while visiting my favorite nurseries, I prowl the sale tables in late August and September.  I cheerfully call these plants that I purchase “rescued plants.”  I bring them home at a much discounted price and find them a home in my garden so that they can...

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    I brake for succulents

    by  • February 21, 2012 • Winter • 2 Comments

    A few months ago, I found this rusty brake thingy in front of our car in a parking lot.  Of course, I lifted the heavy thing and set it in the back of our small truck bed.  In the dusk, I couldn’t tell if Tractor Man rolled his eyes. It was a Red Lobster...

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    Rain gardens for the Sierra foothills

    by  • February 11, 2012 • Design, Garden, Winter • 8 Comments

    What is a rain garden? It’s a garden specifically designed to take advantage of where water naturally collects. In dry climates, this extra water allows a wider variety of plants to be grown. Rain gardens can also be planned just to direct water away from certain areas, like home foundations or low spots that...

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    My favorite gardening equipment

    by  • January 21, 2012 • Garden, Winter • 13 Comments

    Winter is a good time to evaluate your garden tools. I’ve stashed them all away for the coming rain and in doing so, looked them all over really good.  After gardening for so many years you kind of get a familiar routine or system when it comes to your equipment, gardening clothes and tools.  First of...

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