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Blooming-May

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

Harvesting-May

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

           

Cambria – Labor Day Weekend – Pinedorado

Pinederado, a time-honored tradition will return to Cambria this Labor Day weekend. The 68th Annual Pinedorado Days celebration extends from September 2, through September 5, 2016, offering fun for the whole family. […]

Japanese Tendergreen Mustard Spinach “Komatsuna”

Gathering large mature leaves of Komatsuma for salad or soups.

As it turns out, tendergreen mustard spinach, also referred to as “Japanese mustard spinach” and “komatsuna”, is actually not a spinach but in the Brassica family. In most of California, komatsuna can be grown year-around. This means you always have at hand, flavorful fresh greens to add to your salads. […]

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. […]

Labradoodles Garden Party

Four colors of labradoodles from left to right, cafe, chocolate, red, and cream. Beautiful!

We, who own labradoodles in Cambria, are very proud of our doodles. There are several of us that own them in this town and when we get the chance, we try to get them together in our gardens. […]

Australian labradoodle puppies are here again!

Meet "Brown Sugar" at 3 days. Eat, sleep, love is her motto.

Meet “Brown Sugar” at 3 days. Eat, sleep, love is her motto.

Some of you who read my blog know that once and in a while I get “off subject” and leave gardening on the back burner. We have two lovable Australian labradoodles that we co-own with a breeder (Country Labradoodles). They bring great […]

Back In the Garden Again

Lee, wearing her brace, visits the nursery.

Lee, wearing her brace, visits the nursery.

 

I once wrote that I was a “Terrible Garden Blogger”. I was referring to the fact that I just couldn’t get into a daily or weekly routine but wrote a blog when I was inspired. When I broke my hip last February, I had no idea […]

Taking Care of the Labradoodle Puppies

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It’s too wet to garden and I’m spending my time raising six Australian Labradoodle puppies. Mind you, I’m not complaining about the rain. We who live along the central coast don’t complain when we get rain. It is so desperately needed to keep our gardens growing and our Monterey Pines thriving.

I Thought my readers […]

Dog attacked hen. What I learned

Sweetpea's wound from dog attack.

Dog attack. Hen lost skin and feathers.

When I encounter a mishap, I try to learn from it. Most of you who read this blog know that our dear Sweetpea, a barred rock, was attacked by a dog last month. The dog was thankfully not one of our own labradoodles. That would have been […]

Late Summer in the Garden

Late Summer in My Garden

Late Summer in My Garden

My garden exploded with color this late summer and I’m out in it every morning. I enjoy the rising temperature as the fog lifts and fades. I want to burst into song and sing John Denver’s “Sunshine on my Shoulders Makes me Happy”. But I don’t. My neighbors may […]

Growing Rhubarb Along the Coast

Stems of rhubarb are edible

Stems of rhubarb are edible

I’m looking around my garden to see what needs to be done, what worked this past year, and what didn’t. The rhubarb looks really healthy and I’ve harvested it for months. What works for me, may just work for you.

January is a perfect time of year for planting […]