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Ladybug afloat on leaf in water

Is It A Ladybug Picnic?

The garden seems to be a popular place for ladybugs this year. I’m seeing many more than usual, even for spring. Online, the local gardeners seem to be saying…

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The Roses In My Garden — wild, exquisite, and tough as nails

In celebration of Mothers Day Just in time for Mother’s Day, the roses in my garden are starting to bloom. These are not fragile beauties; they are survivor superstars!…

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Pipevine Swallowtail underwing, on cherry blossom

Winged Wildlife Rescues

As gardeners, we learn to observe, don’t we? Our senses become attuned to the plants, the insects, the weather — life all around. And sometimes we notice life forms…

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Spring apple blossoms with yellow shad umbrella

Petals Aplenty — six snapshots of spring from a Sonoma County garden

The petals are popping and the juice of spring is coursing through my veins like so many shots of espresso. The spring garden is a party not to be…

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Puffball Kitty inspects fallen pine

Our Garden Seems To Be Marie Kondoing Itself

Nature in the form of our garden is having a purge. First, a huge branch of a decades-old willow tree dropped, narrowly missing our most productive mulberry and blueberry patch. Next, a sizeable limb of an old red maple fell. And then one evening while knitting, I heard a splitting crack and felt the house shutter. Was it an earthquake? No, it was a pine tree up on the hill splitting at the base and hitting the ground with force. Our garden seems to be Marie Kondoing itself and has inspired us to have a thorough garden clean-up.

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Begonia maculata | Wings with silver polka dots...what's not to love?!

The Sensory Pleasure of Houseplant Foliage

Of the many eventualities I tried to plan for in the garden back when we first began planting 20 years ago, gardening-without-knees wasn’t one of them. Back in late…

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Saffron Crocus / Crocus Sativus with honeybee 2

Saffron Crocus — Exquisite In Every Way

Something new and vibrant waved at me from across the garden this last week–a bright horizon of purple, beckoning me to come near. As I got closer, an exotic…

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Raindrops on ripening persimmon

Raindrop Adornments — the thirsty garden is quenched | for #six-on-Saturday

As I write this, our drought-parched landscape here in SoCo California is about to get a thorough dousing, probably even flooding! But that is for the next post, which…

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Purple Echeveria

Six Sun-kissed Succulents

I’ve been longing to participate in the Six-On-Saturday blog-fest again (see The Propagator) but in the mega-drought we are experiencing here in the western U.S., the garden is a…

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Peacock plant (Calathea orbifolia | Goeppertia orbifolia)

Houseplants Have Become My Summer Oasis

The drought and everything else got to me. Something had to give. Gardening in our summer-dry climate of Sonoma County requires adjusting to winters that are usually verdant and…

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Potato harvest

Summer Garden Harvests In An Extreme Year

Given the extreme drought we’re dealing with here in Sonoma County and the West Coast of the U.S. in general, I’m especially grateful that we still have some sustaining…

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Yellow Sunflower with honeybee

Sun & Sunflowers (and a very dry summer)

I thought I’d start with something cheery. Certain flowers, like daffodils or sunflowers, just brighten the moment — a garden anti-depressant — kissing your face with affectionate optimism and…

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Pastel Dahlias with Mexican Sage

Six On Saturday — A Flurry of Flowers

Today I am dipping my toes for the first time into the phenomenon called Six On Saturday. For those of you who, like me, were unaware of it, #SixOnSaturday…

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Concrete Garden Sidewalk with recycled latex paint and leaf imprints

Upcycle Leftover Paint In A Garden Sidewalk

Summertime in the garden bespeaks the sensual delights of picking juicy tomatoes, finding yourself danced over by butterfly shadows and basking in the radiance of sun and sunflowers. It’s…

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Lavender Harvest!

The highlight of the garden right now is a waving patch of purple, aromatic and buzzing with life. It’s time for the lavender harvest! We planted this patch fourteen…

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Lapins cherries on the tree. I didn't notice the heart-shaped yellow leaf until I cropped the photo. :)

Dry Soil, But Delicious Cherries

You’ve probably read about the extreme drought here in much of the western U.S., or you are dealing with it yourself and have the biceps to show for it…

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Upcycled micro bag made from plastic bag waste and fabric scraps

Upcycled Micro Bags & Bins — Made From Plastic Bag Trash

Though this is primarily a garden blog, I like to toss in a few posts about creativity and upcycling from time to time, since those also inspire me and…

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2 thoughts on “Blog

  1. I discovered your blog through your comment on The Nostalgic Gardener’s blog and was pleasantly surprised with the content. We don’t have a garden ourselves, but we do have a balcony where we do a bit of gardening. The content of your blog is very diverse, creative topics are also given a place. It would be great to follow your blog.
    Sincerely,
    Rudi

    1. Oh… how sweet Rudi! Thank you. I like your Nature Photography site as well and just followed you too. Sel does a great blog at The Nostalgic Gardener! I love balcony gardens. Would love to see a photo if you feel like sharing. I’ll check your blog to see if you have already posted there.

      For any who are reading, you can find Rudi’s site here: https://picpholio.wordpress.com/portfolio/macro-detail-photography-1/
      For The Nostalgic Gardener, visit here: https://thenostalgicgardener.com/

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