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Blooming-Mar

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

Harvesting-Mar

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

Gophers Live Underground

Gophers live underground in tunnels and runs.

Ever wonder where pocket gophers go when they burrow underground? They have a complicated system of tunnels, runways, a nest for babies, a pantry for storing food, and even a toilet area for waste. Pretty civilized. […]

Milkweed for Monarchs – Native or tropical?

Before planting milkweed (the host plant for the monarch butterfly) know the variety that is best in your area. […]

“Good” Bugs Control “Bad” Bugs

The ladybug larva looks nothing like the "lady". He devours aphids and their larvae in astonishing quantities. He is considered very beneficial.

Get to know beneficial insects and their larva (good bugs) that live in your garden. Become familiar with their appearance and what flowers and plants they find attractive. “Good bugs” do not eat flowers and leaves, they prey on destructive insects, considered “bad buds”, and their larvae, and they will help to keep your garden in balance without the use of insecticides. […]

Spiders are Welcome Here

Spiders play an important part in keeping your garden healthy. The more spiders you have in your garden, the healthier it will be. […]

A Praying Mantis Lives in Our Garden

A praying mantis in a coastal garden.

The California praying mantis lives along the coast and into Oregon. They are good bugs who eat harmful insects. […]

A Peacock Comes to Visit

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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 […]

Events for Gardeners This Weekend April 28-29 in Cambria

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There are several events here in Cambria this weekend that should be of great interest to gardeners and appreciators of the beauty of flowers. At the annual wildflower show in the Vet’s Hall at 1000 Main Street, you’ll find hundreds of freshly picked wildflowers for viewing and smelling (if you dare). Wildflowers are picked before […]

Gophers, Gophers, Everywhere

A naughty labradoodle uncovers a gopher den

A naughty labradoodle uncovers a gopher den

A colony of pocket gophers has set up residence in our yard, and Maddie, the labradoodle decided to expose them. She dug a hole, five feet in length and two feet wide in the soft soil between the roses. The pretty California poppies went flying but she […]

Wild Turkeys on the California Coast

Three cocks among the oaks

Three toms among the oaks

I have the Thanksgiving spirit today and wanted to share a couple of photos of turkeys that stroll by our house each day. These are by no means domestic turkeys that are raised for consumer consumption. They are tall, lean, and strikingly beautiful. They meander at a slow pace […]

California Wild Turkey

Wild California Turkeys.

Three handsome cocks in the oaks

We have a lovely flock of wild turkeys that walk by our house each day. They roost in the trees in the “open space” and migrate each morning to more populated areas. They look nothing like the domesticated turkeys that you see in farmyards. They are slim, streamlined, […]