February in the Garden

February is a busy gardening month in our area, even with fog, rain, snow, cold weather and general gloom. It’s not my favorite month. But some of you love cold and fog, and even I recognize the importance of winter. So on we go with dreams of spring, cheerfully taking care of the following garden… Continue reading February in the Garden

Will summer ever end?

Concha Ceanothus

September is a hopeful month that begins to remind us that winter will be here again someday. It has become harder to predict what kind of September we will have. Historically, we should enjoy cooler temperatures both day and night, mostly due to the ever-shortening days. Planting:. We can finally begin to plant trees, perennials… Continue reading Will summer ever end?

What Should I Be Doing in the Garden?

Garden Tips for February 2020 Wait out rainy days – should they actually return — by planning the garden year ahead and shopping online or in print catalogs for ornamental and edible seeds. On dry days, at our little farm, we are harvesting oranges, pomelo, limes, kale, collards, chard, lettuce, spinach and radish. The broccoli… Continue reading What Should I Be Doing in the Garden?

Spring 2013

Silver bush lupin

Howdy, March 1 – weather is warm – rain is scarce – the bush lupins  & early wildflowers are blooming, and it’s hard not to want to plant something! But it’s early days yet, and if all goes well, we’ll have another few storms–maybe even cold ones–before spring really settles in. I know this, I… Continue reading Spring 2013

CA native plant sales this fall

Opportunities to buy CA native plants this Fall! November is a great month to plant! Saturday November 3 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (note early closing time) Springville Ranch Marketplace -The White Barn Hwy 190 & Balch Park Rd, Springville Monthly “first Saturdays” at the marketplace. **CA native plants **Climate-right, low-maintenance plants from around the… Continue reading CA native plant sales this fall

Almost Autumn

Howdy I’m writing this indoors in the office, but I really want to be outdoors. The thermometer’s reading 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit, but it feels cooler, which I guess is an upside for going through days and days of over 100 degree-temps. Perhaps, it also feels cooler because night-time temperatures have been lower, so early morning,… Continue reading Almost Autumn

CA Native Plants & Fresh Veggies at Market Tomorrow 6/2

Howdy & Happy Friday! Springville Ranch Marketplace “First Saturdays” tomorrow, 6/2. I’ll be there in person with CA native plants for sale (and some other great summer-blooming plants like “Dark Knight” Butterfly Bush and “Lipstick” Sage), and Fresh Springville-Grown Greens from Auntie’s Home Grown Farm: Kale, Chard, Broccoli, Collards and Beets. Hope to see you… Continue reading CA Native Plants & Fresh Veggies at Market Tomorrow 6/2

Mothers’ Day Spring Boutique – May 5, 2012

Saturday – May 5 –  Scroll below for full flyer — I can’t wait!   This is shaping up to be one fine event, and I am thrilled to be a part of this celebration, which benefits Friends of Tulare County Animals and is being held at just one of the prettiest gardens in Tulare County.… Continue reading Mothers’ Day Spring Boutique – May 5, 2012

See you at Saturday’s Market!

Howdy, Full newsletter next week, but in the meantime hope to see you Saturday: Springville Ranch Market Place “First Saturdays’ Saturday, March 3 9 a.m. – noon CA Native Plants for sale – including some spectacular CA Lilac and Manzanitas from Theodore Payne Foundation, plus Sages,std Coffeeberry and more. Opportunities to talk about your upcoming… Continue reading See you at Saturday’s Market!

Almost Spring?

Here in the Southern Sierra signs of imminent Spring are everywhere. Ceanothus are budding, and a few of them, like the ones at the Springville Native Plant park, are beginning to bloom. Heuchera and Hummingbird Sage also are sending out or opening flowers. Manzanita have been blooming for almost a month now. Is summer around… Continue reading Almost Spring?