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Waiting For the Rain, February in the Garden & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

Photo : A small Pacific chorus frog, waiting. How long has it been? I sat with my eyes closed this past Wednesday just listening – listening to the sound of the rain on the roof, on the trees, on passing… Continue Reading

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Darkness & Light: March in the Garden & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

“There is a certain slant of light/ on winter afternoons/ that oppresses…” wrote the poet Emily Dickinson. But Emily, an avid gardener herself, knew just as surely that this same slant of light – made slightly higher and longer with… Continue Reading

December, Time & the North State Calendar of Gardening Events

It’s officially the rainy (or snowy) time of year in the North State. And despite inconvenience, we are thankful for it. Two or three rounds of seasonal storms have our California oak grasslands greening and wetlands filling. Deciduous blue oaks,… Continue Reading

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Parable of the Mushroom, November in the Garden & Calendar of North State Gardening Events

Where is it? I’ve been looking for more than a month – given the diminishing hours of daylight, the cooling temperatures, the increasing humidity – it should be there! It was here last year at this same time, I reason.… Continue Reading

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September in the Garden & Calendar of North State Gardening Events

The summer’s most recent heat wave went on long enough that I became stir-crazy. The ensuing sense of restriction actually motivated me to get outside and do something. Pruning an overgrown hedge was the perfect task. Prior to this last… Continue Reading