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Most gardeners agree that they want to have flowers all year long. It has taken me awhile to finally reach this goal, but it has been well worth the wait. I am proud to show my gardens in any season.

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The Australian mint bush, Prostanthera rotundifolia, belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is of course, as its name implies, native to Australia, Wales, and New Zealand.

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 My husband walked into the house not too long ago with a rock in his hand. He seemed excited and he asked me if I knew what it was. I figured this was a test. Right away I could see it was not a gold nugget. So after some intense scrutiny and squinting one eye, I came up with, “It’s a rock”.

Corning High School honored the following students with Student of the Month certificates for January: Agriculture-Veronica Trujillo and Claudia Wright; Science-Carolina Paredes, Erick Pintor, Nalani Capistrand; Career Tech Education-Tayler Snow, Mirella Solorio, Brian Torres, Gonzalo Avila,…

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While pondering the subject of this Red Bluff Garden Club article, I sauntered down my garden paths seeking inspiration. There right before me in the patent splendor of a ground cover carpet, Grevillea Lanigera, Coastal Gem, aka, Wooly Grevillea revealed itself to me. Sometime ago I had plan…

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Following my last article about “Hedges” of Great Britain, and my faux hedge dubbed “Charlotte’s Wall”, a reader asked what was in my hedge. I’m sorry I neglected to include that information. In my bird habitat hedge, I have the following climbing plants on white and wooden trellises: Caroli…

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From the street, you would never know it was there. Even visitors to our backyard are unaware of its existence. It can’t be seen from the patio or the back lawn. But, just out our kitchen side door sits a sunken secret garden. Two steps down and you are in a different world.

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Finally, at long last, winter is making its appearance. I’m sure that most of you have been dreaming of rain in the valley to replenish our aquafers, and snow pack in the mountains to provide summer irrigation for our farmers and sustenance for our wild life. I must admit, however, that I ha…

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Enticing birds to visit your gardens is relatively easy, and can add an extra dimension of satisfaction and joy. The essential requirements are a water source, food, and shelter. or optimal viewing and identification, you will probably need a bird book, and some good binoculars.

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It is a dark gray day with some drizzly rain, love it! It does keep me inside. Now that I've got my Christmas decorations down and mostly put away, I'm looking around at my house plants. After the busy holidays they need some TLC.

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Everyone loves a good story. This is a story about a promise made and a promise kept. Twenty-five years or so ago I visited a friend in Willows who had a plant sitting in her screened-in front porch covered with beautiful flowers. When I admired the plant, she said her mother, many years bef…

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After all the Christmas rush and the bah-humbug of 2020 in general, I am thinking about my spring garden, especially my roses as they need advanced tender loving care.

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There I was, sitting at my writing table inside my garden, waiting for inspiration to write my next garden article. Then it came to me. The crimson holiday glow was radiating right before my eyes, the tried and true old-fashioned Bottlebrush plant (Callistemon).

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Grecian Skillet Ribeyes was the 1995 National Beef Cook Off grand prize winner.

Kirkwood Elementary School recognized several students with Student of the Month certificates for November: First/second grade, room 5-Emma Derington; Third/fourth grade, room 1-Draven Cowger; Fifth/sixth grade, room 2-Kalany Macias; Seventh/eighth grade, room 7-Ella Fredrickson; P.E.-Hunter Votaw.

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Recently, I read a very interesting article “Scotland Yards”, by Peter Ross in the Smithsonian, November 2020. Nope not a whodunit mystery. Think of Great Britain with castles, moats, mazes and hedges galore. Great Britain and hedges are the clue words.

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Although we are happily of one family, as mother and daughter-in-law, we certainly are not of one mind about our gardens. One of us is all about what is easy and colorful; the other is passionate about gardening for food and the satisfaction of vegetable and fruit production. So, true to for…

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Q is not a letter in the alphabet used as much as some letters, but when I googled plants and flowers that begin with Q, there really were more than I thought there would be! So happily, my alphabet theme is continuing on.

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A great holiday main dish recipe

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Folks always ask me what my favorite tree is and I have to admit that is difficult for me to answer. There are many trees that I dearly love such as Cryptomeria japonica, Japanese maples, smoke trees (Cotinus), strawberry trees (Fragaria), and the Chinese pistachio. However, my most favorite…

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Autumn – what a glorious time of the year. This year has been particularly wonderful. To have azaleas and chrysanthemums blooming at the same time is truly a treat. Add to that the lantana, roses, bottle brush and pink muhly lavishing us with beautiful bloom, and life is good. We are also bl…

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Makes 4 servings

Triple digit temperatures and devastating wild fires creating dense smoke for days. Social distancing and the lockdown of local businesses, all because of the Corona virus, which also caused a shortage of products and of course the usage of masks and seemingly gallons of hand sanitizer. Then…