“Baby” Cages

I won’t take credit for ideas that aren’t mine, but I won’t hesitate to shamelessly show them here.

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Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)

I’m a big fan of having a colorful array of flowers in my yard blooming throughout the year.  But without splashes of white to offset all that color, it just tends to run together.  With satiny white petals, and bright and cheery yellow centers, the Shasta Daisy fills that roll of color balance very nicely!

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Hoplia Beetle (Hoplia callipyge)

20180415_154143If you grow light colored flowers, you may have noticed this lovely little critter chewing holes in them in the spring.  How sweet of them.

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Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)

The scent of lavender is incomparable.  Good thing that lavenders tend to be profuse bloomers!

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That Circle of Life Thing

All of nature is centered on the premise of “survival of the fittest”.  As I like to tell my students, the struggle is real.

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Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica)

20180203_095251Being in zone 9 makes growing cool weather crops a bit of a challenge, especially if you are trying to follow the instructions usually given on seed packets.  I finally gave up and used science as my guide.  What do you know, it worked.

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Protecting Frost Tender Plants

20171221_171349The last time it snowed where I live was December, 1998.  My oldest was my only at that time, and a wee one at that, being only four months old.  The snow was about 1 inch deep, if that much, and was gone in a day.  Continue reading Protecting Frost Tender Plants