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Years ago, there was an unbelievable nursery and gift shop named Humble Bee Cottage in Red Bluff. I have been to many nurseries as they are my favorite places to shop but have never come across any that was as sensational as this one. All the plants were skillfully displayed in individualize…

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A few years ago, I purchased a Salvia apiana, or white sage, at one of the Sacramento River Discovery Center’s plant sales. I knew it was a California native plant, and pretty drought resistant which were a couple of qualities I was interested for planting on a new hot, dry bank along our dr…

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 The phrase “lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly,” is taken from an English nursery rhyme written over 350 years ago. So, is lavender a flower, a color or just a word (a verb)? It is, of course, all of those; but what in the world is a dilly? A dilly is an obsolete term once used in the 1700’s for…

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The April weather has been really incredible, a sprinkle of showers and rain, a rumble of thunder, and a good measure of sunlight and heat. It is so conducive for gardening that the seeds of anticipation and contemplation will germinate and sprout ideas for our gardens. It is with revelation…

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My source for identifying plants, a master gardener friend, was baffled by my lovely new plant, a Japanese Rose. Granted she didn’t have the visual just heard the name on the phone. “Never heard of it,” was the response. When I began my search to purchase the Japanese Rose, Pleniflora Japane…

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My dear friend Sarah and I loved taking Saturday nature-related adventures together. One Saturday we drove west to explore Muir Woods, complete with a delightful picnic lunch along the coastline. Once we made the drive to Mill Creek in search of Sugar Pinecones and a thick chocolate milkshak…

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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.