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Creating garden vignettes is fun and easy. A vignette is actually a small scene put together within your landscape or around your home. They can be used to enhance your entryway or fill in an empty space along a fence or bare wall. They can be centered to break up a large expanse of lawn. Th…

Here I sit looking out the window at all the wonder that surrounds us. The trees are swaying gently in the breeze. I listen and hear only the sounds of birds singing and can admire the vast forest fading into the distance. What a glorious day and what a beautiful place. No, I’m not at home b…

During these days of stay at home COVID-19 guidelines, we have had plenty of time to enjoy our backyard, flowers, trees, and birds. It is good to find something positive to focus on throughout these challenging times.

Avid gardeners will plant thousands of plants over the course of many years. It's easy to pull a plant out of its pot and drop it into a hole and push soil around it. Sometimes just doing that is all that's needed.

A few years ago while browsing in the garden section of a store with my BFF (best friend forever) she suddenly stopped and said “Look, there’s Harry Lauder”.  As I was looking around to see where this person was, she said “It’s a shrub, silly.”  So, that is how I met my new shrub.

The 2020 Tehama District Fair Beef Carcass contest results were announced at an Ice Cream Social hosted by Tehama County Cattlemen (TCCA) and Tehama District Fair (TDF) on June 17, in the Tehama Room at the Tehama District Fairgrounds, with Aiden Flood, Bowman 4-H, receiving a $1,000 check f…

A few weeks ago, Cathy Wilson’s article was on the grass/lawns that connect her garden spaces. This week I am writing about the trees in my garden/yard. While grass/lawns are “connectors”, I consider trees “protectors.” Trees beautify and add value to property, help clean the air we breathe,…

What is the first aloe that comes to your mind? Undoubtedly, it is the ubiquitous Aloe Vera. This aloe is associated with many medicinal remedies, treating heartburn and skin irritations, lowering blood sugar, eliminating halitosis and relieving constipation. It is even used as a primary ing…

I doubted my Master Gardener friend and fellow garden club member when she told me my mystery plant was a Coreopsis. I was like, “Hmmm.”  I’ve never told her she was right - again, so here’s my apology.

It all began with a visit to my 95 year old cousin, Helen. When I looked out her dining room window, I discovered that the Persian Ivy along the porch was blocking the view. My solution was to grab a pair of pruning shears and get to work. 

Well, can you believe it?! This will be my 26th article based on alphabet gardening themes. The A article was written July 28, 2016 so it has taken a while to reach Z!

Controlling weeds uses up a lot of time and effort. Weedwhacking, spraying or pulling weeds can seem like a never-ending process. One option to deal with this in some areas is to plant groundcovers, which over time can fill in and cover areas of ground, preventing most weeds from germinating…

This vine is native to Central and Northern California woodlands. The flowers it produces, could have been designed by a whimsical Dr. Seuss. It is called a California Dutchman’s Pipevine (aristolochia californica). You guessed it, the odd looking purple striped flowers on it look like a Dut…

At last year’s State Garden Club Convention, I attended a workshop titled “Tea: A journey from Leaf to Cup”. The young tea entrepreneur/aficionado Ben Vallens briefly explained the history of tea and its place in the world, the growing of the tea plant, the harvesting and processing of the t…

I decided to deviate from my usual article on plants and write something which I hope is both timely and inspirational for the subscribers to our local publications. As in war, we are in the midst of a major battle for our survival. Victory Gardens were born out of the fear and uncertainty o…

Violet was taught how to make tamale pie by a Portuguese lady friend in Las Flores (Mary Myers) prior to Mary’s death. Mary had no family to hand the recipe down to, so she gave it to Mom Cofer. Violet Cofer was the head cook at Gerber Elementary School and prepared tamale pie for students f…

Spring seems to suddenly appear in my garden and always catches me by surprise. It arrives each year and announces its presence in vibrant colors and pleasing temperatures. I welcome this new season more than any other.

What a wonderful gift my husband and I received. About 10 years ago, just as we began to landscape our yard, we happened to notice a scraggly bush. We recognized its leaves as being those of a redbud. Since we both were enamored with the redbud, we worked around it. For the next few years we…

The Corning Chamber of Commerce first Business Showcase comes from Marina about New Life Assembly Church on Solano Street. She writes:

Many times when adding plants in the garden, planting a vine can be a fast and easy way to fill in an area. Many vines are quite fast-growing and free of pest and disease problems, and often provide a lot of colorful flowers over a long blooming season. Some vines that only bloom over a spec…

We here at the Chamber would like to start something new and we are in need those in the community to help us. As you may know we have been writing a dedicated section in the Corning Observer here every week titled Chamber Chat. We will be dedicating each of these weeks to a community subjec…

The Fair of the Century is coming up April 30-May 3, 2020! Yes, earlier than ever! This is the Tehama District Fair’s 100th year of recognizing the resources—plant, animal, and human—of Tehama County. Red Bluff Garden Club has been in existence since 1955, making contributions to the Fair Fl…

My garden is divided into sections with various microclimates and soil mediums. While I am partial to succulents and xeriscape gardening, I do have an assortment of perennials that contribute to a general Mediterranean look. The genus Eunonymous, is a colorful addition to a gardener’s canvas…