Tag Archives: perennials

Habitat Gardening: Tips for Developing a Good Habit

Habitat gardening—until about 15 years ago, that was a term and concept that had eluded me. Now, it’s a way of life. I simply refer to it as gardening for birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs. As a habitat gardener, I’ve learned to … Continue reading

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You CAN Have an English Cottage Garden

My article first appeared on the Sonoma County Master Gardener website a few years ago. It’s still relevant today as we enter our fourth year of drought here in Northern California. It’s a long article, but if you love English … Continue reading

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Daffodil Obsession

I admit it. I love daffodils! What’s not to love? They begin blooming here in Northern California in late January; they punctuate an otherwise drab winter palette with masses of bright yellows and oranges; they thrive reliably year after year … Continue reading

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The Hold-Outs and Winter-Bloomers

The drab perennial winter garden is here except for a few final blooms trying to hang on to autumn. I have a single Tabu rose, now a deep red though it begins as an almost-black, tightly-wound bud. Its petal edges have … Continue reading

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Wanna Lose the Lawn?

Thinking about getting rid of your front lawn? Lowering your water bill? Spending less time, energy, and money on mowing and blowing, collecting clippings, weeding and feeding, gopher and mole chasing, and watering? Well, here’s what’s happening in the lawn … Continue reading

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Untended Gardens

Unattended Children. I saw the sign at a swimming pool where on occasion, parents let their kids out of their eyesight for a while or perhaps give them a couple bucks for the snack bar. Do you laugh when you … Continue reading

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