Autumnal Acts of Faith: Planting Alliums for Food and Beauty

PHOTO: The dense spherical head of the ornamental Allium ‘Globemaster’ in a home garden in Chico, CA. I am planting bulbs, culinary and ornamental. A heavy box of hope and spring dreams arrived from the heirloom bulb supplier Old House… Continue Reading

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Late Summer Bloomers: California Fuchsias

Late summer bloomers never fail to amaze and impress me – and perhaps this year more than most. What reserves are these plants drawing on after these many years of drought and heat? The shimmering late summer grasses, the deep… Continue Reading

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The Power of A Garden that’s Open to the Public

I’ve spent a very enjoyable portion of my life visiting gardens – small and large – rustic and elegant – casual and formal – public and private. I’ve visited as a girl, as a daughter, as a student, as a… Continue Reading

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Late Summer Beauty of Buckwheats

It’s August. Drought or no drought, August is hot and dry in interior northern California and in most cases, our gardens are looking a little…worn, a little worse for the wear of our long, hot, dry summers. Every gardener I… Continue Reading

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Fortunately: A Rich Resource for Gardeners in Times of Drought

When my children were little among the books they loved to have read to them was one entitled Fortunately, first published in 1964 and written by Remy Charlip. The story goes something like this – “Fortunately, Ned was invited to… Continue Reading

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Waterwise: Can Mandated Restrictions Meet Water Conservation Goals?

Drought is nothing new to California, as the entire state has been in this condition for more than four years. Even so, debates among politicians and communities have varied regarding the best way to manage the growing water crisis. Much… Continue Reading