• Babes in the woods- preparing a place to build our house

    by  • April 25, 2012

    I’m only mentioning my impressions of the house pad prep, because to tell it all would be very boring.  Although,….we country folk can talk for hours amongst ourselves about the details of our septic installations and well digging.  Those subjects, especially the depth and gallons per minute for your well are hot topics among the...

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    Melding gardens and gravel in the Sierra foothills

    by  • April 12, 2012

    Many of us here in the California Sierra foothills have gravel driveways, paths and roads.  This can be a help or a hindrance to gardeners searching for more space in which to garden. Gravel gardens could have their origin in formal Japanese ‘dry landscape’ gardens located on the grounds of Zen Buddhist temples.  The...

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    Butterfly Gardening: Living leaves in your garden

    by  • April 12, 2012

    Butterfly gardeners begin this way….they see a colorful butterfly in their garden and start paying attention.  They want to see more so they wait and observe during the spring and summer. How can they see more kinds, they wonder.  That’s how I began, I’m sure. Once you begin observing, you notice more and more...

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    April First views in the Sierra foothills

    by  • April 5, 2012

    First views of my garden at the first of April….  First views is the brainchild of Town Mouse, with the idea that wider views will give a better idea of what our gardens look like and a record of how they change throughout the year.  Join in by visiting her post here! *** I...

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    My green onion garden

    by  • March 17, 2012

    Did you know that when green onions get a bit old in the fridge, you can plant them in a garden pot or veggie garden? I did this in my galvanized wash tub garden and could cut fresh onion tops all through Autumn. These are regular grocery store green onions that I plugged in...

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    Choosing a home builder in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • March 10, 2012

    We had a dream to move out of Southern California to paradise on seven acres in the Sierra foothills. Here is more about the process, choosing a builder for our mountain home, around which, my Sierra Foothill garden grows. What I wanted was a log cabin.  Or any kind of cabin. A real mountain house. We had...

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    March First Views- Snow Dust in the Sierras

    by  • March 1, 2012

    March is coming in like a lamb.  What does that mean?  A little rain, a little snow, just an inch or so. One or two things are blooming and the daffodils are about 6 inches tall. My photos are for Town Mouse’s meme, First Views. Visit her post, and sign in to the Mr Linky tool...

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    Drat! Pokeweed! No, Chokecherry? Hope so!

    by  • February 29, 2012

    What I thought might be buckeye or elderberry, turns out to be pokeweed! Darn!  My sister helped my identify this by punching in descriptive words into Google images. How did it possibly get here, so close to the native forest at the edge of the property? American Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, is native to the Eastern...

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    Miner’s lettuce surprising seedlings

    by  • February 27, 2012

    While working on another project last January, I saw this pot full of grass seedlings,..looking so lush and full.  So I took a photo. This is the pot that for the last few years has held hyacinth bulbs and off season, I keep it in my potting area just waiting for April.  It has...

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    Thinking plant combinations in a California foothill garden

    by  • February 26, 2012

    Have you ever noticed a striking color combination when planting flowers together by chance?  You suddenly see that the hot pink rockrose bloom looks stunning with lime and burgundy euphorbia.  Or you see that an orange Monkey flower contrasts wonderfully with an iridescent lavender-blue Cleveland sage ‘Pozo’.  I recently became aware of this particular...

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    I brake for succulents

    by  • February 21, 2012

    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

    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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    Junk garden project-Dutch door

    by  • February 17, 2012

    Saturday– Hmmm, Tractor Man gone for the day?  Having coffee and wondering WHAT to do today. I love having a day when nothing is planned.” Here is friend, Jeanne Sammons’s barn door which grabbed my attention. I first put it in my ‘Idea’ file, but then thought, ‘I have some of the things to...

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    Happy Valentine’s to my friends

    by  • February 14, 2012

     “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” “Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.”...

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    Then and Now-The back slope

    by  • February 12, 2012

    In a series of Then and Now photos, it’s satisfying to look back nostalgically to see how far we have come.  Bought in 2000, and in a completely natural area, we’ve tried to preserve the beauty of our 7 acres near the Sierra foothills of California, as we make a place for ourselves in...

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    Rain gardens for the Sierra foothills

    by  • February 11, 2012

    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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