• Posts Tagged ‘California’

    For the love of Iris

    by  • April 2, 2016 • Field Trip, Plant Profiles

    Historic Iris

    A gardener’s April day trip On a recent visit to Coarsegold, California, I stopped by the Hillside Iris Farm of Bill Tyson, just before the peak bloom.   His farm is open to the public just during the month of April when Iris are in full bloom and ready to order by color and shape.  You choose the...

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    Penstemons, a perfect foothill flower

    by  • March 18, 2016 • CA natives, Plant Profiles

    Penstemon 'Elfin Pink'

    Beautiful Beard Tongue As I stroll through the garden, my attention is drawn to how well adapted Beard Tongue or Penstemons are for the Sierra Foothills! Whether, cultivated hybrids or CA Natives, they are perfectly easy to grow and the bloom is spectacular in your garden.  Scroll through the ones I have in my garden and...

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    Growing Iris, Planting bulbs and sowing wildflowers

    by  • October 30, 2015 • Fall, Garden

    Fall is time for dividing iris, planting and sowing wildflower seeds… Bearded Iris Growing Tips Spring-flowering bulbs thrive in full or partial sun. Good drainage is important for most bulbs, so avoid placing them in soggy areas and in low-lying parts of the garden where water pools during wet winters and spring thaw. Dig...

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    ‘First week of June’ gardening day

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Garden, Spring

    Cleveland sage

    Just came in from the garden,…perfect day to be out there, especially with my camera. There was really nice, even lighting. Come see what I’m doing in the garden and what is blooming now in June. I’ve been trimming the lower branches off oaks and manzanita, …I’ll pull all that ivy, (from 1 4″...

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    In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    by  • October 8, 2014 • CA natives, Field Trip

    Intermountain-Nursery

    Celebrating a fine nursery… Have you been here?  I hope so! We are very fortunate to have a nursery nearby that purchases and grows plants that are perfect for our foothill gardens.  Besides having a wide variety of California native and drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, Bonnie Bladen, her husband Ray Laclergue and their staff...

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    The Lavender Experiment

    by  • May 11, 2014 • Sierra Foothills

    Lavender fields

    What happens if you don’t trim lavender? You all may know I like garden experiments. For the last two years I’ve been experimenting with my Spanish lavender field and NOT trimming the blooms off. This is the field a week ago that I’ve not trimmed OR watered and as I went up to inspect,...

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    House of many colors

    by  • November 9, 2013 • Design, Home Building

    House of many colors

    In 2000, we moved from the city to the country of California in the Sierra foothills near Bass Lake.  For five years,  I planned the decoration of my dream, a casual camp-style ranch house on a pretty steep slope. In February 2004, the building began and that August we moved into our trailer to wait...

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    Happy is the meadow planter

    by  • October 6, 2013 • Meadow project

    3rd Year Meadow

    First weeks of Fall in the Sierra foothills The season has changed in the foothills around Oakhurst. The fierce heat of the last month has broken and the cool of this morning is delicious. I’ve been hand watering all along and I can see the end to this chore coming. I take stock of...

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    Manzanitas are not filled with fire popping sap

    by  • September 6, 2013 • Uncategorized

    Peeling Manzanita branch

    The Highly Valued Manzanita Manzanitas are typical and beautiful Chaparral plants in the Sierra foothills.  They, and the chaparral as a whole, have long been here in California before we so how can we think it is good or bad?  My thought is that manzanita is not any more flammable or less flammable than...

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    Thinking plant combinations in a California foothill garden

    by  • February 26, 2012 • Design, Garden, Plant Profiles

    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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