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Red clover detail

   I am finally getting around to writing this, ah well. Let me begin by wishing you all a happy height of gardening season! The weeds and the fruit and the veggies and the flowers are keeping me hopping, as I imagine you are. Ah, but the...

Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Poppy Primer

Himalayan Blue Poppy  Photo: TANAKA Juuyoh

With Memorial Day fast approaching my thoughts have turned to poppies because a paper Red Flanders Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is often worn to remember and honor those who have fought for their country. In many parts of Europe the plants are still to be...

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM

The Southwest Connection Part 2

Fernbush John Moreland

Southwest Connections, part 2   Last time we learned about Gambell oak (Quercus gambellii) and a couple of Rhus species, R trilobata and R aromatica. And last year, I wrote articles here about another couple of foundational plants in my...

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 3:11 PM

A Visit to the Peter J Shields Oak Grove

Oak grove

I'm a plant nut. Whenever we travel, I'm always noticing the native flora, keeping my eye out for wildflowers, and scouring the roadsides for nurseries. This past week we went to the Bay Area, and of course I-80 takes you right through Davis. It was...

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:49 AM

Spring Leaf Color

Golden oregano

Part I:  Chartreuse and gold-leaved plants.       Why wait until fall to enjoy spectacular leaf colors?  There are plenty of plants that burst forth in spring with leaves of different hues adding interest to the garden...

Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:31 AM

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