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In just a few days I'll be saying goodbye to my daughter as she embarks on a new adventure in her life as she goes away to college.  And while I'm proud, thrilled and excited for her, I can't help but quietly mourn each passing minute, knowing I'll soon be face-to-face with the giant hole that will be left in my heart, home and garden. My daughter has never been one of those kids that have naturally taken to gardening, never bounding out of bed saying "what are we going to plant today, Mommy!" or "of course  I'd love to read more
I've been traveling a lot this summer and am so glad to finally be home!  But after nearly five weeks away you can imagine the state of my garden. Fortunately (for my garden, not for me!), my husband was home for most of the time so he was able to keep it watered and somewhat under control - but you know how it is.  While most everything survived, there is an overwhelming amount of staking, pruning and dead-heading to be done. One of the things I was really excited about was to see the progress of the Japanese eggplants that read more
Last week I was invited to have breakfast at Sunset magazine’s headquarters, along with a few of my favorite fellow gardeners.  The event was to welcome the new Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook, which will be released next week, as well as to tour the grounds and the test garden. While of course I was thrilled to be included, I'll admit I was a bit hesitant about the breakfast.  Why?  Because breakfast has always been sort of a letdown for me.  I hate eggs.  There – I’ve said it.  I love chickens, I love cooking, and I even love to read more
Phew - it's a warm one this weekend!   We haven't had very many hot days this summer so the warmth is welcome around here.  My green tomatoes are crying out for a little heat so they can ripen (okay, they don't really care - it's me who's crying out for it!!) The herbs in my garden, however, are very happy, towering above my other plants and just waiting to be harvested.  As is the case with my lemon verbena pictured here in the photo (its the one towering 5 feet!)  I've planted lemon verbena for the past 20 or read more
Each fall, a former client brings me loads of persimmons from her very large and very old persimmon tree. Not only are they beautiful, but they provide my family with a season's worth of the yummiest cookies. Most people don't really know what to do with Hachiya persimmons as their previous experiences usually involve biting into a firm one (thinking its the flatter Fuyu variety that you can just directly chomp into for a delicious snack) and suffering one of the worst puckery moments of their lives! (more…) read more
My husband loves our garden, but he's not really interested in gardening in our garden.  He's more of an 'observer' than a 'do-er'.  That's okay with me because, personally, I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to be married to another garden designer and have to share my garden.  I remember reading an article about this once- two designers were married and literally divided their garden in half so they could each design with their own individual styles.  Uggh!!  I would end up in divorce court, for sure.  Sometimes, though, it's nice to have someone gardening with me, so read more
In love with my Rogers Red grapevine, that is.   Vitis californica 'Roger's Red' is a California native, grows with very little water, quickly reaching a massive 30x30 - growing 3 to 6 feet per year!  It produces TONS of grapes which are filled with seeds, so while they're not the first choice for a quick snack, they're great for the birds or for making grape juice. Okay, enough about the specifics - let's get to the real reasons I love this vine.  FALL COLOR!  This vine is growing on my arbor, and it tenderly (okay - thuggishly) embraces my read more
What do you do when Mother Nature showers you with grapes? read more