• Posts Tagged ‘Sierra Foothills’

    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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    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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    Rain gardens for the Sierra foothills

    by  • February 11, 2012 • Design, Garden, Winter

    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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    Soap Plant in full bloom

    by  • July 24, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills

    Soap plant close up

    Studying the singular Soap Plant As the season passes, the Soap Plant is on the wane, still over 7 feet tall, waving over the drying meadow and garden. Here is a record of its life cycle here in the Sierra foothills. Wavyleaf Soap Plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum Startling at first, this strange plant is really very...

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    A profusion of Pretty Face

    by  • May 19, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    Pretty Face, Triteleia ixioides Sunny starry yellow, Pretty Face is sometimes called Golden brodiaea or Golden Stars, and is native to California, appearing only slightly beyond the borders, according to CalFlora. This variety, found on our place and all through the Oakhurst Yosemite area, may be Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra or Foothill Pretty Face. This pretty bulb first shows...

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    How Peckinpah Mountain got its name

    by  • March 15, 2011 • History, Sierra Foothills

    After establishing our home on  Malum Ridge, looking out onto Peckinpah Mountain, I heard from neighbors about the  logging history in our town of North Fork, CA.  I became curious about the Peckinpah name and being a bit of a history buff, I decided to dig a bit further. This is what I found. Peckinpah Mountain rises...

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    Friends,…I meant to do my work today

    by  • March 10, 2011 • Winter

    I Meant To Do My Work Today I meant to do my work today, But a brown bird sang in the apple tree, And a butterfly flittered across the field, And all the leaves were calling me. *And the Buttercups nodded their smiling heads, Greeting the bees who came to call, And I asked...

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