Drought tolerant and colorful plants for any garden… Sometimes you find an ideal list of plants suitable for your area to save and keep. This time one of my customers at the nursery happened to bring in an especially nice one. We were able to impress each other,..they were because most of the plants...Read more →
Spicy mints? “Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.” – Benjamin Franklin The rich, spiciness of these plants makes them useful in cooking, and nearly half the spices in your kitchen come from this one family, including basil, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, germander, thyme, savory, plus culinary sage and of course mint, peppermint, and spearmint....Read more →
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...Read more →
Caring for native trees in the garden …and a list of what to plant When faced with a new, mountain or rural garden, you need to make peace with your oaks and pines. These beautiful trees can be unkempt, stickery and surrounded by brush and poison oak at the start. I wondered what could...Read more →
The objective is to plant shrubs and trees as foundations for the beds. Here are the first plants put in. Read more →
We have lived here for 8 months and five of those in the new house. As far as the garden goes, the first big priority was to dispose of the huge piles of construction debris...our responsibility according to our contract with Western Homes.Read more →
Last year we had built a retaining wall and I couldn't resist planting a few things like rosemary and lavender. We had no hose or water supply, so everything would get hand watered on our monthly(hopefully) visits to the property.
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