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  • Morning glories on the back fence


    It’s one of those things that happens sometimes. You want something. You try for it and try for it, and you fail. You give up. (Or perhaps some less defeated word. You surrender. Let it go.) Then when you’re not looking, it moves into your house.

  • Learn to Prune a Fruit Tree

    Grow a Little Fruit Tree

    I’ve been looking forward to the publication of Grow a Little Fruit Tree for a year and a half, ever since I took a pruning class with its author, Ann Ralph. When I signed up…

  • Plum Fall | Hitchiking to Heaven

    Prune Your Fruit Trees, People!

    A majestic Santa Rosa plum tree cracked and dropped a huge limb in my neighborhood last week, spilling so much unripe fruit over the fence and onto the ground. It was painful…

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    How to Prune a Freeze-Damaged Citrus Tree

    I’m slowly getting better at gardening. Partly, it has to do with simplifying. Instead of trying to grow everything, I’ve been concentrating on what I love most. More than anything else, I…

  • The leaves are green
    Garden, Words


    Today on Facebook, a good friend who is caught in deep winter asked her friends for a story “about how outside their door the sun is warm, the leaves are green, and…

  • 12_hostas

    February in the Garden

    This is what it’s like in the February garden. The soiled rag, the oilcloth hanging half off the table, the untrimmed ivy. (The forever untrimmed ivy.) But I love the warm morning…

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    November in the Garden

    To those who have not yet learned the secret of true happiness, begin now to study the little things in your own door yard. ~ George Washington Carver Door-yard contentment is something…

  • Gardening Shoes || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    May in the Garden

    May in the garden means things are getting bloomy. Back in February (seems like just yesterday), I seeded a couple of beds with native wildflowers to reduce soil depletion. So far it…

  • Yard Waste Bin

    Making Way

    One of the first things I did when I moved out of my parents’ home and into a place of my own was buy a few house plants. None of those plants…