Tag Archive for ‘Jennifer Jewell’

Portrait of an Empress, August in the Garden & North State Calendar of Regional Gardening Events

I never did get a get picture of her. Not a drive-by snap shot, not a proper portrait. Despite regularly remarking on how lovely she was. And now that she’s gone – with the others – I go out of my way to avoid driving where I used to see her. Why bother? It’s painful [...]

A Penny For Your…..The Penny Pines Reforestation Program in CA

A penny for a …..pine? As they have for the past 50 years, this year the Chico Horticultural Society – along with other garden clubs statewide – chose honorees to receive a Penny Pines Plantation. I was among this year’s honorees, and to me it is a high honor indeed. According the US Forest Service, [...]

Unity of Opposites: July in the Garden & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

“I hear my mother calling when the summer wind blows, Go out into the garden in your old, old clothes…” Rosemary Wells, “First Tomato” The garden in the height of summer is a source of deep comfort for me despite some contrasts between the reality of it and the idea of it. This quote from [...]

Oreganos: Ornamental, Useful, Fragrant & Tough

Ahhh, despite heat and drought, these tough-as-nails beauties are in bloom again….enjoy revisiting this summer garden treat: oreganos. I’m a big believer in Beauty for its very own sake, but in a gardening life where choices must be made as to what we will give room, resources, time and attention – it’s always nice to [...]

June in the Garden & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

Sometimes I’m really organized as a gardener and sometimes I’m just not. Take for instance the deadheading that is now in progress among my early summer blooming perennials – sometimes I get everything in order in advance: I get my gloves and clippers and even the kids’ old red wagon for collecting the cut back [...]

Henderson Open Space – The Restoration and Recovery of a Public Treasure

Randall Smith – known as Randy – is a retired physician and community activist who for more than a decade now (many of these as the environmental chair for the Rotary Club of Redding) has been working with the California department of Fish and Wildlife and the City of Redding spearheading a native plant restoration [...]

Sweet – May in the North State Garden & Regional Calendar of Gardening Events

PHOTO: Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’ April has me left considering the total inadequacy of the word Sweet. I have happily filled my house this past month with old roses, hybrid tea roses, musk roses and climbing roses, with Salvia fructicosa, Salvia ‘May Night’, Salvia officinalis, and Salvia spathacea, with sweet peas, and now with peonies [...]

In a North State Garden and Two New Friends

On Tuesday April 8th, I hosted a special edition of In a North State Garden during Northstate Public Radio’s Spring Membership drive the theme for which has been “A Steady Stream.” With this in mind, my special was a celebration of the steady stream of garden, nature, ecology and local food programming that North State [...]

Shasta Chapter CNPS Spring Native Plant Sale – April 10 – 12

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 10th, 11th and 12th – the Redding-based Shasta Chapter of the California Native Society will hold their annual spring plant sale open to the public.

Penstemons: Colorful Western Perennials for the North State Garden

PHOTO: Foothills penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus) in vigorous summer bloom in a low-water Chico home garden. Some people call them beardtongue – the visual image of which always made me laugh as a girl. Now – as an adult gardener whose criteria for garden plants include: provide color, attract insects and birds, low maintenance, low water [...]

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