Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2015

If it is sunny where you live, after the turkey and pie, enjoy the outdoors and relish your work in the garden with family and friends.

Blessings from In and Around the Garden.





November 11, 2015


I have been trying to find the time to post this photo taken last month. This is the first year the Silver Maples covered the driveway (well, one-quarter, anyway) overnight. Usually the leaves drop slowly which means there are tire tracks. Ralphie wasn’t sure what to think when we took our morning walk.


Did I mention free time? I had also planned to pick this watermelon. Then splat! It dropped. That was one for the hens.







Take a Walk

October 25, 2015

Join me as I view the two-acre Sherwood Demonstration Garden, managed by UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County.


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El Dorado Center – Folsom Lake College
6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667

Hours of Operation beginning: 

October 3, 2015 to October 31, 2015:
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10-3
Rainy days – closed

November 1, 2015 – March 31, 201 – closed

April 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 10-3

Folsom Lake College does charge $2 parking fee on weekdays
Saturday parking is free.

*** No dogs allowed ***



Summer’s End

September 10, 2015

It’s that time of year–late summer–for a walk around my perennial garden. Enjoy the tour.











Message in an Egg

August 11, 2015


I had a difficult time peeling off the shell of this hardboiled egg without tearing away chucks of egg white, also called albumen. By the time I finished, the white was thin and lumpy.

Because I had already peeled a lot of eggs that day–easily and perfectly smoothed ones–I nearly tossed this one into the sink. There wasn’t much left of it. Then I considered how hard my hen had worked to produce the egg. So I took hold of my knife, sliced down the longest length of the egg and opened it to remove the yolk.

Surprise! The hen had left a message of love with a heart-shaped yolk.

I like to think this had nothing to do with the boiling process or air pockets, but rather a message of appreciation for the scratch I provide, for the fresh water, food scraps, free range pasture, and a safe place to roost at night.

Now, no matter how difficult a hardboiled egg may be to peel or how badly it appears, I always look for a message in my hens’ eggs. After all, it is what’s inside that matters the most.

Check out The Food Lab’s great tips on boiling eggs.



Garden Pop Ups

July 27, 2015

Pop Up #1: Remember the Cosmos seedlings that I planted and they did not survive? Well, surprise! The dead annuals kindly sprinkled seeds before I took their little bodies away. I have Cosmos popping up near and far from where the seedlings were planted. This confirms my theory. Cosmos grows better from seed. Here are the first blooms. I am eager for more of these whimsical flowers to explode.





Pop Up #2: Wow! I did not plant Lysimachia ‘Goldii’ in this location. It must have been the garden fairies who sprinkled seeds from where it is growing. The fairies knew what they were doing. ‘Goldii’ is thriving in this location and I am pleased with the appearance and how it filled in a bare area. DSC00786_edited-1


Pop Up #3: This little guy or gal pops up to say hello to anyone approaching our front door. His voice is a little croaky and deep, but he or she is friendly just the same. 




Shrimp in the Garden: what’s that about?

July 17, 2015

Nell Foster, gardener extraordinaire, has done it again. This time she shares her spectacular shrimp plant in full bloom. I have to admit this is the first time I have heard of shrimp plant. Since it grows in my zone 9 (8b – 11) this beauty is certainly going on my must-have plant list. I am going to bookmark Nell’s article and her video how I prune my Shrimp Plants.



Photo courtesy of joyusgarden.com


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