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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A Lounge of Lizards: Upstanding Community Members of a North State Garden

PHOTO: A Western Fence Lizard (Scleroporus occidentalis occidentalis)on my garden’s basking on a warm wall. Each evening when I get home from work, I water my front south-facing garden beds and pots. It is a dry and sort of rocky… Continue Reading

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It’s Pomegranate Season!

It’s pomegranate season here in the North State and I recently watched a friend demonstrate a new (at least to me) pomegranate cleaning device that looks a little like a flat strainer. You place the pomegranate cleaning device over a… 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