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• African daisies
• California Poppy
• Calendula
• Calla Lily
• Narcissus
• Lavander
• Ivy geranium
• Mexican Sage
• Pride of Madera
• Lantana
• Society garlic
• Wild geranium


• Baby arugula
• Onion and garlic greens
• Thyme
• Rhubarb
• Parsley
• Strawberries


Ants in the house, ants in the garden.

Argentine ants live in the garden and move into our houses in search of food and water and to escape flooding. They are not native to North America are not considered beneficial insects. There are ways to rid your house and garden of Argentine ants. […]

Australian Labradoodle Happenings

Five Australian labradoodles visiting for a playdate. From left: Mattie, Madelyn, Chloe, Tillie, Cocoa.

Australian labradoodles enjoy socializing with humans as well as with other dogs. We have regular play dates with labradoodles that live in our community. […]

Storing Avocados for Later Use

There is a solution for storing ripe avocados so that you can eat them in daily salads or save them for guacamole when you have the inclination. […]

Success! Peeling Hard-boiled Fresh Eggs

Poke small hole in wide end og egg.

Love those fresh eggs but hate that they’re hard to peel?

Years ago, when we got the first six hens, we had more eggs than we could use. We ate quiche, scrambled eggs, omelets, egg casseroles and hard-cooked eggs. The beautiful eggs had dark golden yolks. Little works of arts. The only drawback was that […]

A Peacock Comes to Visit


Randy flares his beautiful tail to impress us.


We have a peacock, named Randy, that wanders through the little village of Cambria. He has been seen walking along Main Street and through various neighborhoods. Originally, Randy lived at Linn’s farmhouse, five miles out on Santa Rosa Creek Road; the place where they sell […]

Constructing a Garden Room

New garden room construction.

We’re building a “garden room” or conservatory in our garden. It will be a place for plants, dogs, a place to hang jackets, take off boots, and “sit a spell”. Plants and trees in the garden have had to be removed to make way for construction. […]

A Garden Tour in Cambria – 2012


A charming Cambria residence for birds.

Cambria Pines by the Sea is full of gardeners and people come from all around to participate in the Cambria Garden Tour. Cambria has had a garden tour for the past 18 years, but last year the sponsoring group took a break. We were tour deprived last spring! […]

New Sunset Western Garden Book, Do You Need It?

Assortment of Sunset Garden Books to Look At

Old Sunset Garden Books-We Go Way Back

There’s a new Sunset Western Garden Book out and I had to buy it. Sunset Western Garden Books and I go way back. When I was young I used to leaf through my mother’s old “First Edition” 1954 publication. I knew nothing about gardening, but in the […]

Cowpea Weevil-Bugs on Dried Peas

Cowpea Weevil "Playing Dead"

Cowpea Weevil "Playing Dead"

I’ve not started planting seeds this spring. What is stopping me? Everything. First of all we are still getting light frost some nights. Secondly, my youngest labradoodle, “Maddie” thinks my vegetable beds are her own private “digging grounds” and my low pressure plastic emitters her “chew toys”. So last night […]

Do Plants Really Clean the Air?

Pathos is an "Easy to Grow" Air Cleaner

Pathos is an "Easy to Grow" Air Cleaner

Now, we gardeners all know that plants breathe. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through tiny holes on the underside of leaves. But do they actually clean the air? Are they really “botanically vacuum cleaners”?

I wrote in my column “A Gardener’s Notebook” in the […]