Tag Archive for ‘Jennifer Jewell’

Heavenly and Hardy Hellebores

Every year my hellebores lift their buds and open in the midst of January and February; the multitude of blooms continue to lift my spirits on through April. With their show just in its early stages, I thought I would re-run this piece with David Walther, of Spring Fever Nursery in Yankee Hill, on his [...]

Tools of the Trade – Caring for your garden tools with Fanno Saw Works

With the season of pruning, planting and gifts in mind, it seems a perfect moment to repeat the In a North State Garden interview with Robert Fanno of Fanno Saw Works in Chico. If you are like me, you love your tools. If you don’t love your tools – you should. Every gardener needs tools [...]

Stars of the Spring Woodland Garden: Trillium

With warm temperatures and little rain so far this winter, it will be interesting to see how the spring plants respond. In a “normal year” the first of the wild trilliums are up by late January….I will go looking for them – they are among my favorites. While I might rightfully be described as a [...]

Scents & Sensibilities: Winter Fragrance in the Garden

Ahhh fragrance….all I can say is “thank you” to the universe of sweet scents. With all these plants soon to be in bloom again, they count high among things to look forward to, so while we wait for winter to settle in for real, it seemed an apt time to revisit this piece. Enjoy. My [...]

New Moon, New Year: January in the Garden & Northstate Calendar of Gardening Events

By some powerful synchronicity New Year’s Day 2014 arrives on the same day as the New Moon. A fresh start in the stars and in our daily planning. A traditional time for letting go of the old and welcoming the new. What do you have planned? What are you ready to release with gratitude and [...]

A Winter’s Tale: The Mother Orange of the North State

Photo: The Mother Orange in Oroville, CA. Winter in the North State brings several seasonal luxuries, among them, citrus. There’s nothing quite like a prolonged and hard cold snap for a gardener’s true colors and true priorities to show. In the last week of severe (for us) cold on the Valley Floor, where temperatures in [...]

Bulbs for the Forcing: Great gifts for Gardeners/From the Gardener

Even a small selection of bulbs ready to be forced, make great gifts at the holidays, for friends, for hostesses, for something to look forward to in early 2014! A few dry bulbs, some decorative rocks or marbles, a sweet perhaps gently used container or vase, tied up with a bow and there you have [...]

December 2013 & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

It is the eve of December. The first frosts arrived on the valley floor only recently, but multiple hard frosts that will knock our tender plants down is in the forecast for the coming week. The air is crisp, the deciduous trees and shrubs are on the last run of their circle through the seasons [...]

Wreaths of the Season 2013

The beauty of the garden in winter is a unique pleasure: fragrant, fresh evergreens, bright berries, frosty mornings. Photo: Frosty Indian hawthorne on a cold North State morning. Seasonal greens, winter fruits, and sculptural cones have long been associated with the winter holidays–with brightening shortened days and long nights, with the universal hope for the [...]

Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies of the field – and those of the home garden. Heralds of summer and heat, they are trumpets of abundance, turk’s caps of beauty. Abundant in color, size and blooms. You can press your face into theirs to drink the fragrance and come up not caring a bit about your pollen-tattooed nose. [...]

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