This past weekend, Oct. 26 – 27th, we spent the night in Nevada City (an historic quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the Sierras.) We had no idea that this was THE PLACE TO BE for fall color in Northern California. We had had an overnight in Tahoe the night before to […]
If you’re reading this today it’s January 1, 2018: Happy New Year and I hope for you a lovely start to 365 days of gardening opportunities. I’m thinking with a full year ahead of us, sky is the limit as to what can be done in your garden, it’s just mapping it out, and going for it.
Do you have a favorite time of year? I do, and right now it’s A U T U M N. Actually, I always get excited when the end of summer rolls in… It’s just a matter of time before the leaves begin turning and the light changes. Plus, people’s priorities change, kids go back to […]
For a bright show of color in spring few plants can beat these California natives – with the electric blues of Ceanothus or California lilac; or the bright orange of the state’s flower: Eschscholzia californica or California poppy. There are so many varieties of Ceanothus, differing in forms from ground covers to trees. Some are […]
My dog’s sense of smell has gone through the roof! If only I could get on the same page with her and enjoy the whiff of what she likes. But here’s the thing, if you’re not a canine, take a look at these stunning and/or fragrant plants.
If you’re a modest tree who feels bashful loosing your leaves each winter, forget feeling awkward cause you look great! Some trees look exceptional in their birthday suits: Stout or slender trunks giving way to beautiful course branches that lead to finer and finer branches and twigs.
Please get back to me immediately with answers – the mysterious nature of some of my favorite plant friends has left me perplexed. Why, for example, are all of the wine grapes in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino county dormant today, still, March 8th…
What do you do during the quietest days of winter to enjoy nature and the outdoors?
I had a really nice hike the other day… Though it was cold outside, (no snow or flooded ground) there was nothing but clear skies and clear footing, making it a very delightful day to amble about and enjoy.
There’s always something to do in the garden, whether it’s pruning, tidying, planting or sowing. In Northern California’s zone 10, where I live, Fall is the perfect time to divide overgrown perennials and grasses…
You’re smarter than you think if you’re considering pruning your roses. Left unpruned, your roses will definitely be less productive…