Citrus (Citrus Genus)

If you live in California, especially in any of the numerous valleys, chances are good you have a citrus tree. If you don’t, probably a neighbor does. If you are Greek, you for sure do (and if you don’t, what the heck???).

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Snow! Snow! Snow! … For Now

One of the things a person comes to accept about living in California is that there is a level of unpredictability when dealing with the seasons. You just learn to go with the flow.

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The Best Laid Plans… Will Get Changed.

Twenty-six years (and counting) of teaching has given me more than a little bit of experience in planning. It has also taught me that plans don’t mean jack-diddly-squat.

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The Third Time Wasn’t a Charm… Sort Of.

How long do you give plans a chance to work before you decide… meh, maybe it’s not happening? I mean, I’m a pretty stubborn person, but even I have my limits.

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“Everett’s Choice” California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum var. latifolium)

Let’s face it, plants that bloom in spring and summer get the lion’s share of attention in nursery’s and gardens. Soooo… what’s happening in your garden in the fall?

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Over the River-bed and through the Avocado Orchards to Grandfather’s House We Go…

20200217_125839I guess this is the California version of the winter sleigh song, though if you go high up enough in the Sierra-Nevada mountains you will find snow.  It’s just not where we were.

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California Lilac (Ceanothus spp.)

20180331_182530One of the things missing from so many modern cultivars of plants is the one thing we keep sticking our noses into them for: fragrance.  Yes, looks are good, but why not have both?

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