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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

Define Summer | Grow Tomatoes

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    Summer, if defined by the olfactory of senses, could have endless interpretations.  Like "snow" for groups such as the circumpolar Sami people, it could have 100's of words to name it, all synonymous yet...

Nutwalk at Sissinghurst

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It was this stand of Kentish cobnuts (a type of hazelnut) and an old, determined rose found buried under brambles in the orchard at Sissinghurst Castle Garden that first captured Harold Nicholson and Vita...

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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We were on holiday in the UK this very month last year visiting friends.  There wasn't much time to research points of interest before leaving, in typical fashion, we planned to travel only weeks...

Unexpected Present

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This stem cutting of Lepechinia calycina, also known as Pitcher Sage, is one of my first.  Or I should say, one of my first that appears to be thriving.  It's funny because I remember...

Dark Star for a Grey Day

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I tried to get a decent photo of this particular shrub, Ceanothus 'Dark Star', but it proved to be a challenge.  It sits in a neighbors front yard, in a bed smashed between the...

Pistil Passing at Annie’s

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I checked out Annie's Annuals website before making the journey to her Richmond, CA nursery.  One of the first bits to pop off her home page is a quote that reads: "A trip to Annie's...

A Gardener’s Best Friend

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What do a dog and a lesser known California sage have in common?  Well, technically nothing.  However, a few weeks back I was witness to and mediator for a bit of a tangle between...

Garden Approach

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Ever have one of those moments where you walk into a space, any space, but in this case a garden, and hear yourself say, "ah-ha"?  One where you relax with an exhale and, suddenly,...

Fetid Surprise

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The leaves of Fetid Adder's Tongue, Scoliopus bigelovii, pop out like a beacon below the shaded cover of redwood forest canopy.  Just last week, I was strolling along the trails of Muir Woods, minding...

Think Like a Native

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It takes a certain amount of street smarts to think like a native.  Confidence, adaptability and the right flavorful pizazz help too.  But what does it mean to be native? The dictionary says something like...
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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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