• Posts Tagged ‘Sierra Foothills’

    California Bush Anemone!

    by  • May 23, 2017 • CA natives, Garden

    Carpenteria californica, California Anemone

    Happy discovery! On Crane Valley Rd (221), just north of Manzanita Lake Rd,(222) going toward Bass Lake, I discovered something quite wonderful! Two full grown California Bush Anemones! That may not sound exciting, but in my own garden I had just discovered that my own California Bush Anemone, Carpenteria californica, finally, finally, had pushed up...

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    Year-round hummingbirds of the Sierra foothills

    by  • September 14, 2016 • Sierra Foothills, Wildlife

    What do you call a group of hummingbirds? A charm!

    Attracting Hummingbirds to the garden… Plant a hummingbird garden and they will come!  Lure them right into your own garden with a proper feeder or this list of plants so that you can enjoy them.  Be sure to keep binoculars and a zoom camera handy.  Hiding behind the drapery may become a habit when you begin attract these living...

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    Discover Hummingbird Mint!

    by  • June 27, 2016 • Plant Profiles

    Hyssop or Agastashe or Hummingbird mint

    A plant I’d love to see in local nurseries… Considering their long-lasting vibrant blooms, hardiness and resistance to drought, deer, extreme temps, Hyssops or Agastache offer plenty of food for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. What more can a gardener ask for? No wonder they’re adored by gardeners far and wide – with several varieties hardy to USDA...

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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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    Grinding holes in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • September 23, 2015 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills

    Grinding holes

    Looking into the Sierra Foothill’s past Generations ago —women would gather at these spots to grind their acorn meats. “That’s where they would go get to work. That’s their kitchen — they would keep that very clean,” “You’ll find different holes at different depths. Traditionally, they like a shallower hole to pound the acorn...

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    Last day of June in the garden

    by  • July 2, 2015 • Garden, Summer

    Cupflower, or Nierembergia

    What I’m REALLY doing in the garden…last day of June I just came in from an hour out in the garden! Yep, from 6:30am to now, I puttered in the garden doing what I call ‘watering as needed.’ Lamb’s ears are a good ‘indicator plant’ for watering and when this VERY hardy plant droops,...

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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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    Spring wildflowers: The blues

    by  • March 30, 2015 • CA natives, Sierra Foothills

    Spring wildflowers Blues

    Driving the foothills: Stopping and turning around…. We had to stop and turn around to photograph this field of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks under the oaks growing thickly in a patch. Iridescent blues just glowed here in a flowery show right next to the roadside not far from our home near Oakhurst. To...

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    The colors of Autumn in the Sierra foothill garden…

    by  • October 6, 2014 • Fall, Garden

    Colors of Autumn

    October in the foothill garden Walking around the garden here in the foothills of Central California, I feel we’re really nearing the end of the gardening season.  I’m tired.  Tired of watering and ready to rake everything, gather up the rest of the clippings,  neaten the garden and come in for some rainy days....

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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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    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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    Our good Sierra foothill soil

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Garden, Spring

    Our ‘bad’ soil…? I get comments all the time about ‘our bad soil’ in the Oakhurst, Coarsegold and North Fork areas.  Giving this some thought, I’m wondering if gardeners are making use of the natural ‘mulch’ we have in pine needles and oak leaves. After doing some reading on the tannins in oak leaves,...

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