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Matcha Tea: Healthier Caffeine Habit?

Matcha tea could become my new expensive habit. I limit myself to one per week but am scheming as to how I could afford to drink more. I’m addicted to caffeine and need my daily fix! In my 20’s I started drinking coffee at a temp job because I was bored. The organization had one of […]

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Fall Color Leaves, Joy in the GardenFall Color Trees

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Every year I’m amazed at the fantastic leaf colors of gold, yellow, and deep orange, red and purple that decorate the trees in the neighborhoods of my town. The leaves fall to the ground slowly like confetti and leave the sidewalk looking so festive. Why Fall Color? It’s Science! Green leaves turn magical colors because […]

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Bottle Brush Tree or ShrubPlant Profile

Bottle brush flower. [H.Guenther]

Bottle brush is a striking evergreen shrub or tree. Once a commonly seen landscape plant, it has become less so and been replaced by more popular flowering trees such as crape myrtle and western redbud. Description of Plant This plant flowers heavily in spring, and continues to flower during warm weather. The flowers are spiky, […]

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Brussels Sprouts and BaconRecipes

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Brussels spouts. The name of this vegetable causes most kids across the world to shudder (or so I’ve been told). This tiny cabbage-like vegetable is much maligned for good reason. It’s not usually cooked correctly or creatively. But Mom, I HATE them! Growing up (and for much of my life), I intensely disliked Brussels sprouts. […]

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Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees

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The drought in California is well into its 3rd year. Many people have cut back on watering their landscapes and let their lawns die. Lawns are easy to replace, but landscape trees are not. Sprinkler water may be the only water landscape trees receive during summer. One of the symptoms of drought stress in trees […]

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Kids DIY Gardening: Miniature GardensDIY

Scotch moss is a chartreuse colored plant that makes a perfect fairy lawn.

Letting kids have free reign to be creative and not squashing their enthusiasm is important. I grew up believing I wasn’t artistic since I couldn’t draw or paint like the “talented” kids in school. When I heard the praise those kids received and heard teachers gush over their artwork and ignore what I did, I […]

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Apricot Tree PruningEutypa Dieback

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Apricot trees are the one deciduous* fruit tree that should not be pruned during winter after leaves drop. Apricot trees pruned in winter are susceptible to a disease called Eutypa dieback. The fungus enters the pruning wounds and infects the tree. The symptoms of Eutypa show up in late spring or summer. Trees ooze sap […]

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Plant RustPlant Diseases

Rust spore conglomeration.

Rust has had a great year. This plant disease does well during wet spring weather. If you’ve noticed odd-colored spots on leaves on plants in your yard, it’s possible your plant has an infection. (However, there are other problems that cause spots as well.) What is Rust? Rust is a fungal disease that spreads by […]

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Spring Wildflowers

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This past weekend I went hiking to see wildflowers in the hills above where I grew up. I was delighted to see so many gorgeous blooms! It was a cloudy day which should be good for photos, but I only had my iPhone 6. I was honestly a bit disappointed in how the photos turned out, […]

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Lilac Vine-HardenbergiaPlant Profiles

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Want to be the first front yard in your neighborhood with flowers every year? You can be if you plant a lilac vine (Hardenbergia species). The bright, cheery flowers of this climbing vine are a colorful reminder that spring is nearly here! Description of Hardenbergia Lilac vine (also called coral pea) is an evergreen vine with dark […]

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