Category Archive: Gardening

Posts about gardening including edible gardening, xeriscaping and California native plants.

A little perspective from the garden

For anyone exposed to media of any kind this week there is no denying things have been overwhelmingly morose. Besides the happenings in World News, personally things have been a little bothersome too. Add in the lovely menopausal hormone fluctuations and I was headed for a meltdown of epic proportions. And then I went outside. At first, I …

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I am going to my happy place

Summer is unofficially over. Too bad no one told Mother Nature! Our 5 day forecast: UGH! It is so miserable out there my yard looks hot and tired. Which, for California native plants, is actually quite normal. They go dormant in the dry and heat. Come cooler wet weather they will perk up again. I am …

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Down low in the garden

Last week I posted some close up photos of the flowers in my garden. This week I decided to get down low and take shots from another angle. I only lasted a short while out there, because it is rather hot out there, and when you are a woman “of a certain age” the heat …

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A Gardener’s Midsummer Nightmare!

It began in late winter. The hopes, the dreams, the plans. The Happy Little Gardener scoured seed catalogs and stores for just the right ones. Choices were made and 6 weeks before the predicted last frost date, the delicate little seeds were hopefully nestled into nutrient rich seeding medium in a draft free place with …

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Close up and personal with some California Native Plants

So many Californians are still under the misguided impression that in order to have a drought tolerant garden you need to have rocks and cacti. And I won’t even comment on people outside of the state that still insist the entire state is, and always was, a desert. In my area, Coastal Sage Shrub is …

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Saturday in my yard

The weather was finally cool enough to spend some time outside, so we made the most of it. I snapped these flower photos for the Bloggers Get Social Photo A Day Prompt “flowers”. lovely little lavender blossom. lily in the pond Zauschneria californica – one of the California native plants. My son kept himself occupied… …

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October 2014 Garden Update

Ah Fall! The time of regrowth in my garden. Yes, I said regrowth. Many people quip that we don’t have seasons in California, but that isn’t true. We do, it’s just a little different from the way many people who are more familiar with the traditional four seasons are used to. We have three seasons …

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Best picture I have taken in awhile

I have been participating in FMS Photo a Day for over a year year now. Chantelle gives us a list of prompts at the beginning of the month and everyone takes a picture a day and shares it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or her site. I started doing it because I knew my food …

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DIY: Self Watering Planter

My yard is mostly clay. Attempting to grow anything other than native plants can be quite difficult without a lot of soil amendments and water. So, for the last few years I have been experimenting with container gardening for my edibles. This year was another dismal year. The plants started with such promise, but ended …

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September Garden Update

I have been sneaking out early in the morning to get a little work done in the garden because it is still hot here by 10 a.m. And with Hurricane Norbert heading north it is going to be pretty humid for the next few days. Fingers crossed that it will bring us some desperately needed …

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May 2014 Garden Update

This is a busy beautiful time in my yard. I got the lawn organically treated a few weeks ago and I finally trimmed the monster tree in the front yard – I wasn’t spending $250! M is still not thrilled the roots of the tree are breaking through the grass, but now that the lawn …

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Mini Mushroom Kingdom Garden for Your Yard

As I may have mentioned a few times, J has a slight obsession with Super Mario right now. He has also noticed me pinning cute pictures of Fairy Gardens and he immediately wanted one! So, I put the two together and came up with this Mini Mushroom Kingdom Garden. I also thought it would be …

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