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California Carnivores

  While visiting Sonoma earlier this summer, I told my husband that I just had to see a nursery located in Sebastapol, just a few miles away. He groaned, assuming that once again he’d be stuck wandering alone through the aisles of yet another nursery while I quickly disappeared, only to return an hour later with …

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Tantalizing Tillandsias

It’s no secret that this past year has been a whopper for me.  During most of my chemotherapy treatments I was able to continue writing and public speaking, but it became increasingly more difficult as time went on. After my mastectomy (and a few ‘hiccups’ along the way) I just needed to hibernate for awhile …

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Heavily Pruned

Today my mother and I took a little field trip to Palo Alto’s Elizabeth Gamble Garden. Even though it’s still early spring here, with our unseasonably warm weather, we couldn’t wait to see what early surprises we might find. As was expected, there was plenty to see in this early-spring garden. Like the Easter-egg drifts …

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Scent in my late winter garden – my favorite top 5

Here we are in the early days of February, and my zone 9 garden is filled with heavenly fragrance. There’s still a few leaves hanging on to deciduous branches for dear life, but with each gentle breeze the leaves quickly lose their grip, leaving behind one skeletal shrub after another. Thank heavens for the evergreen …

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Camellias in my garden

This is the time of year when camellias, the workhorses of my winter garden, get their moment in the sun (so to speak). I haven’t always been a huge fan of camellias, but over the years one of my favorite gardening friends has successfully enlightened me. Thank heavens I’ve seen the light as I now …

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Formerly called ‘Gossip in the Garden’, this is the blog for Harmony in the Garden where I share all things garden-related. I’ve been designing gardens throughout California for over 20 years.  I have lots to say and lots to share!

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