Monthly Archives: November 2018

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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MARS: InSight Landing


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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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I think this might be the very first movie that opened up the Ghibli world for us… from cats to movies… and back to celebrate that… with some more insight, food and art from Japan… it’s a world to celebrate … Continue reading

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari Unfortunately, history makes no concessions. If the future of humanity is decided in your absence, because you are too busy feeding and clothing your kids – you and they will … 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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Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona

During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, two violinmakers from the same small town, indeed, the same block, were making the most sought-after violins ever created. Everyone has heard of Antonio Stradivari, but few know the name Giuseppe Guarneri … Continue reading

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