• An Explosion of Asters

    by  • October 21, 2010

    Their colors are so intense, majestic, it is a privilege to be out among the asters and goldenrods and drying weeds under a hard autumn sky.                                                              Robert Morgan 1970 In notes, after seeing the first blooms of some New England asters, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, in my garden 3 years ago, I say, simply, ” Get more...

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    Morning Stars

    by  • October 19, 2010

    On these late October mornings when even a late riser gets up in the dark, make time to go outside and let the stars see you. We’re all part of the same wide universe here on earth. How can any challenges you may have stand up to that? If you are still a child,...

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    Marvelous Milkweed, part of a butterfly garden

    by  • October 17, 2010

    Collecting milkweed pods I found these milkweed pods on a drive up to Bald Mountain in the Sierra Forest. I admired the neat way the seeds are ‘lined up’ and packed tightly in the pods, so when I threw them in a basket by the front door, I thought I’d come back later to...

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    Invasive plants and impatience in the garden

    by  • October 15, 2010

    Arrrgggghh! I did it to myself,…I planted Mexican Primrose in my front beds in my impatience for something to fill in while waiting for my evergreens and groundcovers to grow. Now, after four years, it has spread to the back garden and I have had it with the dried brown stems in the off...

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    Ice Wings

    by  • October 13, 2010

    Each with their secret and each with their song Narcissus lifting their faces to me Paper-white petals so fragile so strong Only in darkness can one truly see Miracles dance in the moonlight tonight! Dull was the day but the midnight was bright!                                                    by Steven Curtis Lance   I’m planting bulbs now, for...

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    Design in Nature

    by  • October 7, 2010

    Ajuga and Woolly sage

    In art school, we had an assignment on ‘Design in Nature’, and that, I think, inspired my love of patterns found in plants and close-up photos of nature in general.  I bought three macro filters…as macro lenses were too expensive for my Minolta SRT 101 single lens reflex camera I had saved for when...

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    Gardening in the Rain

    by  • October 5, 2010

    First storm of the Autumn season and what gardener alive doesn't love that? Some people dance and sing in the rain, but we're gardeners, so we go out to the garden!

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    New discoveries, new joys

    by  • September 20, 2010

    Oh, red berries, redberries! Hollyleaf Redberry Rhamnus ilicifolia, a plant new to me! A new native plant right here on our place. Cool. Considered a slow growing understory shrub, a Redberry is related to a coffeeberry, usually 3-9 feet tall and it looks just like an oak.

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    ‘Sweet vagrant’ tarweed

    by  • September 16, 2010

    "What is that wonderful smell", guests exclaim! So spicy and fragrant, Common Madia, Madia elegans and Rosinweed, Calycadenia truncata are both referred to as tarweed in the Sierra Foothills.

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    Local, local, local

    by  • September 2, 2010

    Welcome to Madera County Gardening Examiner , Facebook page. What you can do here: Get connected to informative articles about gardening in our mountain area and much more. Fun!

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    August ‘Easter’ Lilies

    by  • August 18, 2010

    Three pots of lilies, with faded blooms, given to me by a friend in May 2009, were planted on the back garden bank and then forgotten until early this summer when the stems popped up from among the yarrow.

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    My easy seed saving system

    by  • August 15, 2010

    In late summer, Nature has a way of reproducing each plant and all you have to do is take notice of how it’s done naturally.  Take a good look at your flowers and vegetable plants and notice that their seeds are developing. The seed pods start to swell and dry when the plant has achieved its...

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    How to: Meat Bee Trap

    by  • August 4, 2010

    Meat bee trap

    Some folks can live and let live in the garden, but meat bees push my limits! A friend told me about this simple way to make a trap for pesky meat bees (or yellow jackets) that can keep them from getting between you and that bite of juicy hamburger next time you BBQ.

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