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Winter has arrived and fresh, home-grown fruit is at a premium. Yes, we are still eating fresh persimmons from our big tree, but that will soon end. Our go-to winter fruit is anything citrus. We do have a dwarf mandarin orange tree on the patio and a Meyer lemon growing in a flower bed. Ther…

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I’m writing this the day after Christmas, ours was lovely, hope yours was too.. Here it is only 5-6 days after the Winter Solstice, and I’m thinking about Spring! I took a walk around my garden on the solstice and noticed several early things. My lilac bush is budding new leaves, the roses a…

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This time of year evening night lights burn brighter, the stars shimmer ever so slightly in the night sky and the early morning dew sparkles in reflective light across our gardens. The feelings of hope and renewal abound. As a gardener, it is natural to anticipate the promise of tomorrow. I …

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One December, when my husband and I had very little expendable income, I found myself in a holiday funk. Our children were little, my mother-in-law who shared our home was not well, and I was becoming depressed about the upcoming holidays. I remember having an hour to myself one weekend and …

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If you ask me what my favorite plant is, I wouldn’t be able to answer because I have lots of favorites. Now if you ask which plant do I get the most comments on, I would definitely say my ‘Crown of Thorns’ because it is not only beautiful but very unusual. I actually incorporate it into my C…

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Finally, at long last, autumn is here. It is my very favorite time of the year. I love the colors, the smells and most of all, the tastes (pumpkin spice – yum) of autumn. I am sure that most of you have been praying for rain in the valley which will replenish our aquifers, as well as snow pa…

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 Maybe a regular houseplant doesn’t appeal to you, but if you have inner caregiver needs and a pet doesn’t fit into your lifestyle (and you also possibly possess a little bit of a dark side), one option is a carnivorous houseplant. Dictionary definition of a carnivorous plant: “subsisting on…

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I’m looking at my summer-worn roses and thinking about my spring garden, especially my roses as they need some advanced tender loving care. It is early, but I know I need to be planning for spring.

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The garden called my name. In touring the garden, I realized Fall isn’t the end of beautiful colors. Autumn chrysanthemums are so deep and rich in color this year. The deep maroon color is my favorite, and combined with the rust, yellow and orange colors, they are the epitome of Fall.

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My memories of my great-aunt Nelly center primarily around the years my family lived in Campbell, California. Born in 1889, Aunt Nelly was an older sister to my maternal grandmother. Nelly was the ninth of 13 children, born to Swedish immigrant parents who homesteaded in the cold of North Da…

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I truly love the color blue in my gardens. Finding true blue flowers are difficult to find. Many horticulturists consider purple as a blue. That is why many of us are confused when we read a garden label that describes the obvious purple flowers as blue.

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On September 15, the Red Bluff Garden Club hosted a fun filled morning for members and prospective new members. Club members were encouraged to attend and invite a friend to join in the activities, who might then consider joining the club!

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She has been on the bank of the Sacramento River between 130 and 150 years. We don’t know for sure, as she isn’t talking. Her bark is thick and deeply fissured, and she stands 90 to 100 feet tall. She is a female Fremont cottonwood tree. She is covered with burls, possibly developed because …

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What do gardeners do on vacation? If we’re lucky, and I was, we go to big nurseries and lovely gardens. I had a wonderful time in Alabama with my brother and sister-in-law who are enthusiastic gardeners. One of the first things we did was visit a huge nursery. That’s how I came to be faced w…

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For 18 years I commuted to and from Red Bluff and Chico to a job I loved. My daily commute frequently took me through the little town of Tehama. There was always something interesting to see during my daily drive, but every July my heart smiled as I drove through Tehama past long, single sta…

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I have been gardening for some time but apparently not long enough! I thought I would save time and money to relocate a large asparagus plant to a new large pot that sits beside a decorative bench along my front sidewalk. It was large enough to drape easily over the sides of the container. I…

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I was not looking for a new plant when, while visiting friends John and Tamara, one jumped out and grabbed not only my attention but also my imagination. Located on the edge of John’s Koi pond where it added not only texture, but also provided habitat and broke up the starkness of the pond w…

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My husband just picked our first figs today, July 22! We will have plenty to eat and share as once they start, they are very prolific. So, as I was tasting the first yummy ones, I decided to make a batch of fig bread which is one of our favorite ways to use some figs.