Category Archives: .CA

BIRDS&BUTTERFLIES: Here Comes the Sun…flower!

Another epiphany for the plant of the month… if it is December it is Toyon… the Christmas berry… California Holly! It needs sun… as does the butterfly B&B… so here is the beginning of the Bird & Butterfly Bed & … Continue reading

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WINTER BREAK: North Lake Tahoe

A winter full of surprises… and epiphanies… after looking for another ski or winter destination we came to realize that for us Tahoe is a 14 year old tradition to be continued and celebrated… wonderful beach walks… amazing sunsets in … Continue reading

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PLANT ITINERARIES: More California Natives

Last native plants of the year… THE Ceanothus ‘Centennial’… and a few additions for the butterfly bed&breakfast…  Achillea millefolium ‘Sonoma Coast’  Asclepias speciosa / Showy Milkweed Ceanothus ‘Centennial’ Scutellaria antirrhinoides / Snapdragon skullcap

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PLANT ITINERARIES: Color & Fragrance

Never say last fall planting… unless you fall for the Peachy Keen Hummingbird Mint… and Salvia ‘Aromas’… the Purple Sage… the Evergreen Currant or Catalina Perfume… California Aster… you know, for the butterflies 🙂

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HIDDEN VILLA: California Native Plants

If it’s November it is seed sowing time… and the Santa Clara Valley Native Plant Sale for the last planting of the year… got a couple buckeye seeds as well… adding some California Color to the mix… the fall magic … Continue reading

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Black Friday was a mystery we’ve never tried to understand… why does black Friday even exist… not much surprise here… we flee back into the nature… a refreshing rainy day in Point Lobos that helps with the crowd control… we … Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING: Refuge by the Sea

A new tradition started last year… Thanksgiving at Asilomar… Refuge by the Sea… this time getting ready for a long awaited storm… after the most devastating Camp Fire… many thoughts on that… and the current state of the world… appreciating … Continue reading

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WILD WEST: Goose Creek

Fragrance in the Wild Western Garden: Philadelphus Western mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii) was collected by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on their return trip through Idaho and Montana in 1806. It is named for Meriwether Lewis. Just one good specimen … Continue reading

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CALIFORNIA: Tending the Wild

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PALO ALTO: Overture to a Season

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra‘s Overture to a Season concert in Palo Alto… Michael Gilbertson‘s modern short work inspired by “Ode to Joy”… Overture to a Season… followed by a musical journey through the woods and streams of Beethoven’s sixth symphony… … Continue reading

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