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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!

Nutwalk at Sissinghurst

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Pollinator Allure: Bumblebees & Native Plant Pollination

  A bumblebee forages on Squaw Carpet, Ceanothus prostratus. Squaw Carpet, also known as Mahala Mat, is one of the first native plants to flower in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. If you...
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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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