Fremontia

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California Fremontia, Fremontodendron californicum, is one of my all time favorite plants.  To qualify this, I have an endless list of favorite plants, from...

How to Choose The Right Plant

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Let's get it straight.  Choosing plants at the nursery, even with experience, can be daunting.  Not only do you need to try to stick...

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...

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

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...