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Quiet reflections, gratitude and a holiday offer for you
This is the fourth night in a row where I've awoke at 3:00 in the morning, not feeling sick and nauseous as I typically do during this week of my cancer treatment, but wide awake and filled with gratitude and happiness. Night after night I've quietly laid here, letting my mind wander to where it wants to go.  And oh, where my mind takes me!   I can't believe all that's happened in one year, and it fills my heart with [read more]
  I love repurposed items in the garden. Things that may be broken or have lost their usefulness are all too often headed to the dump.  But sometimes all that's needed is a coat of paint, a little sprucing up and a healthy dose of creativity to use that item in a brand new way. Not only are these recycled items being kept out of our landfill, but they can add such a welcome personal touch to your garden. Here's [read more]
I've just returned from Lake Tahoe, where anything green (besides the pine trees) was buried beneath six to eight feet of snow.  Even the poor trees were hunched over, already tired from bearing the heavy load of snow draped across their shoulders.  While the snowy landscape is truly stunning, I must admit that now that I'm back in my mild Bay Area climate, I'm truly enjoying my rainy but GREEN garden. As I look around my garden I can't help [read more]
Thinking of buying a fountain? Then read on before you make a HUGE mistake.... [read more]
. Roses, roses, roses...nothing says 'spring is right around the corner' more than all the bare-root roses in stock right now at the nurseries. Especially when you see their hopeful, little leaves starting to emerge from their stark stems. And now's the time to buy them, as they're such a better deal when sold bare-root ($15) versus when they're re-potted into a 5-gallon container ($35.00) And while it may seem a little early to start thinking about which roses you'd [read more]
. With most of the country being hit so hard this past month with unusually frigid weather I thought it might be a bit rude to talk about the blooms that are currently in my Northern Californian garden.  Yes, I know that's the whole purpose of the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day event, (a wonderful monthly celebration of gardens, created by Carol over at May Dreams Gardens) so instead, I thought I'd show a different type of flower that's blooming in [read more]
  Pruning hydrangeas in Northern California is entirely different from the colder parts of the country. What you read in most gardening magazines doesn't always apply here because our hydrangeas are looking pretty awesome right now! I mean really...who in their right mind would want to prune off these gorgeous blooms! The photo at left was taken December 7th and see how beautiful my hydrangea bush still looks? Many garden magazines are printed back East, where their hydrangeas are already [read more]
It's been a cold and frosty December, and this is the time when I begin to receive daily emails from people asking how and when to prune their perennials. Here in the Bay Area (USDA zone 9b) most of our gardens are still looking pretty good.  While some of the more tender annuals are long gone (see you next year coleus), a few of our perennials are fast asleep (anyone seen your phlox lately?), and for the most part our [read more]
. Here in Northern California (specifically the Bay Area - USDA zone 8b), ornamental grasses can look fabulous all the way through December.  But once the temperatures start to dip and the occasional frost hits, the grasses start to lose their form and color and one day you walk outside and all you've got is a big, messy clump.  Because our winters tend to be mild (average lows here are in the mid-30's) those grasses can 'hang on' for quite [read more]
What do you do when Mother Nature showers you with grapes? [read more]