• Winter

    Winter welcome in the Sierra foothill garden

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Garden, Winter

    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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    Secrets for a weed free garden

    by  • March 15, 2013 • Garden, Sierra Foothills, Winter

    Plants are closely planted

    One year of seeds brings seven years of weeds! Three things will make your life easier when it comes to weeds in your garden… #1 Mulch I use mulch around the plants in my garden as a lazy way to manage weeds. After three years of mulching your garden, you’ll see that your weeding chores have...

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    What to do in Winter in the Sierra foothills garden

    by  • December 27, 2012 • Winter

    'Iceberg' Roses

    Plant sweet peas. Between rains you can plant sweet peas along a fence or trellis.  It’s amazing how sturdy the stems are on this delicate looking plant. Plant bulbs.  Many bulbs are on sale now and can be planted in groups of 5 or 6 about 6 inches deep. When March arrives, stop and...

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    A favorite junk store and a favorite day

    by  • November 24, 2012 • Winter

    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

    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

    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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    Morning snowy foggy tree

    by  • February 18, 2012 • Sierra Foothills, Weather, Winter

    Across the valley, where Willow Creek flows south, there is a tall sugarpine that becomes backlit at a certain point in the morning.  It must be on our side of the mountain, but far below.  Here it is in November: Early morning, February 15th, I woke up to see everything covered in a frosting...

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    Rain gardens for the Sierra foothills

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

    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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    Our valley, one view, two photos

    by  • January 25, 2012 • Sierra Foothills, Weather, Winter

    The first photo is from a set taken this month after a small fire broke out in the valley a mile up from my California mountain garden. It shows a Ponderosa pine tree superimposed over the column of smoke.  The second photo shows the same tree appearing through the gathering storm.  Welcome rain! The...

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    My favorite gardening equipment

    by  • January 21, 2012 • Garden, Winter

    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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