• Firewise Landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • October 23, 2010 • 6 Comments

    When landscaping in a fire risk area, like the Central Sierra foothills of California, you normally have to keep a hundred foot fire safe barrier around your home.   There is quite a bit of research done concerning plants that ignite slower and burn slower.   First, protect your property by grooming the branches and brush 10...

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    An Explosion of Asters

    by  • October 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

    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 • 2 Comments

    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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    Invasive plants and impatience in the garden

    by  • October 15, 2010 • 5 Comments

    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 • 6 Comments

    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 • 7 Comments

    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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    New discoveries, new joys

    by  • September 20, 2010 • 0 Comments

    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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    Local, local, local

    by  • September 2, 2010 • 0 Comments

    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 • 0 Comments

    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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