Category: Plants & Trees (page 3 of 10)

Pacific Coast IrisPlant Profiles

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If you need a plant with show-stopping color for shade, Pacific Coast iris, also called Douglas iris, is your plant! It resembles bearded irises in leaf and flower appearance but is more diminutive. Bearded iris flowers tend to stand tall above their leaves, while Pacific Coast iris flowers are shorter. Pacific Coast iris grow from […]

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Buckwheat (Eriogonum)Plant Profiles

Eriogonum is a versatile plant that works really well in drought tolerant gardens. It’s a California native plant with lots of personality. Eriogonums, also known as buckwheat* feature plants of various heights and spreads that work well in most landscapes. The flowers are splashy and prolific and last for a long time. Description of Plant […]

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Drying PersimmonsDIY

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat healthier in 2016, and I think adding more persimmons to my diet is a great first step. I think a lot of people have made the pledge to be healthy, but it’s important to REPLACE unhealthy foods with healthy ones. So, this year I’m replacing eating […]

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Christmas CactusPlant Profile

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Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) as well as Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) are succulent, tropical plants available for purchase during fall and winter. Read Thanksgiving vs. Christmas below if you want to know the difference.  There is also an Easter cactus that blooms in spring, if I see one this year I’ll buy one and write about […]

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Lettuce HarvestCedarcraft Planter

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My salad garden is looking great! We had some cooler weather in October as well as some rain, and the lettuce started growing and putting out a lot of leaves. I started the carrots in late August, so they should be ready by the end of the month. I put in a second row later […]

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Salad Garden Sprouts!Cedarcraft Planter Garden

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About two weeks after I planted the seeds for my fall salad garden, tiny seedlings began to grow. From what I could tell, most of the carrot, lettuce and beet seedlings came up! Sadly, this meant I had to thin the seeds, which is always a tough decision. Who stays and who goes? Who lives […]

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How to Make a Terrarium

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There are several steps to making a terrarium, follow the ones below to make your own. Step 1: Choose your container and then wash it in warm, soapy water. To remove labels, put the container in a sink of warm, soapy water for 10 minutes. Then scratch the label off with a fingernail. Use a […]

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Fall Salad Garden

My post Confessions of a Not-So-Perfect-Gardener detailed my spring gardening flop. Happily, I’ve moved on and have planted a salad garden in my CedarCraft planter for fall. I created a salad garden with several varieties of lettuce, carrots, and beet seeds, onion transplants and a few cloves of garlic. I’ve tried to cram as many […]

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Conservatory of Flowers, San FranciscoGardens to Visit

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The Conservatory of Flowers is one of my favorite places to visit in San Francisco. The gorgeous Victorian-style conservatory is located in Golden Gate Park and is surrounded by a large park with plenty of places to picnic, ride a bicycle and enjoy the sun. On cold days, the interior of the conservatory is an […]

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Summer Limb Drop in Trees

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  One summer several years ago, I was a witness (and nearly a victim) to summer limb drop.  While weeding under a grove of eucalyptus trees I heard a loud “crack!” I looked up into the tree canopy and saw a branch falling towards me. Like a deer in the headlights, I stood frozen to the […]

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