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summer rose care

Winter is for Planting Roses!

As January draws to a close and the days start to get a little longer, it’s time to jump out of hibernation and take care of one of my favorite flowers: the rose. I planted about 100 heirloom roses from David Austin last winter, and in the coming weeks I’ll put in another 25 from […]

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A Year Year, A New Garden

Happy 2018, gardeners! I love this time of year because it allows me to be purely optimistic. It’s so different from, say, July, where all of the goals and plans I haven’t yet accomplished are tossed aside for another year. Here in January, I can just dream big. I’ve written before about new year’s resolutions […]

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My 2017 Garden In Review

Like any other part of life, I find it really important to look back through the year in my garden. I invite you all to do this with me because it’s a great way to encourage some time for reflection and to start to move forward with garden resolutions for the next year. Sit down […]

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A Fascinating Talk on Fire Ecology

A few weeks ago I attended a fabulous talk on fire ecology hosted by the California Native Plant Society. The speaker was Dr. Sasha Berleman, who earned her PhD at Berkeley and focused her research on the use of prescribed fire in California. Sasha gave a thorough overview of the history of fire in our […]

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Cleaning Up the Fall Garden

The rains came, and now the fall garden has transformed into a muddy mess. It’s a tricky time of year in the garden. Some plants are long dead, having seen their end at the first sight of the first frost. Others are hanging on for dear life, like my roses who are managing to push […]

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Turning Over a Garden For Winter

There’s so much to do on a farm in the fall. There’s the harvesting of remaining summer crops, coaxing of younger fall crops, ripping out spent crops, composting and preparing new ground, and, if you’re lucky, taking the time to sow and transplant new things for spring. Over at my little flower farm, I’m usually […]

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Rebuilding Soil After a Fire

What a tough week it’s been in the North Bay. Following the devastating fires that have swept through large swaths of California, we’re all coming out of initial shock and moving through stages of grief and onto thoughts of rebuilding. As a gardener, in the moments I’m not mourning all the tangible things people have […]

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The Beauty Of Biennials

There’s something truly beautiful to me about biennials. When I really think about annual flowers, they seem too simple, too easy. I mean, think about it. You start them from seed, they grow quickly and easily into big plants, flower abundantly, and then just like that they set seed and senesce for the year. The […]

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A Guide To Summer Rose Care

I planted about 100 roses this past winter. It took months and months, through storms and heat, and hungry deer (and the tedious erecting of a deer fence), but this summer they finally took off and have just finished their second burst of blooms. As we all know, roses are needy beasts. Everyone under the […]