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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.

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Plumbago auriculata, also known as Plumbago capensis, Cape Plumbago, Sky Flower, or Leadwort is native to South Africa. It will grow comfortably in Zones 8-11 in the U.S. and is commonly found in Texas and Florida. It will flower year-round in tropical areas. Here it flowers beautifully from…

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What is the secret to a long lasting bouquet of flowers in a container? Believe it or not, frequent water changing and adding a spoonful of vodka does the trick. The scientific reason, of course, is that alcohol inhibits ethylene production, which is a ripening gas emitted by plants to help …

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The Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica), is one of the best ornamental tree choices for our sizzling Northstate summers. This tree absolutely thrives in our summer heat and produces a plethora of dazzling flowers as irrefutable proof. It has many appealing features that will convince seriou…

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Graduation season is upon us, and my graduation celebration circuit went north from Oregon to Steilacoom, Washington, between Olympia and Tacoma area on the Puget Sound.

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In 1957, my family moved to Oakland when my dad started a new job as a detail rep for a pharmaceutical company. This job took him away from home for long stretches, leaving my mother with three young girls to keep occupied. My parents rented an older home situated at the back of a long stret…

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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.