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  Its early afternoon and 84 degrees in my zone 9 garden in Bakersfield, a reminder of the crazy weather we're currently having all over the country. This week, I've been gardening in shorts, slathering on sunscreen, and wiping sweat on my gloves, while my friends on the east coast have been hunkered down with [...]

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  A gardener knows all about anticipation ... the year's first daffodil, the threat of frost and the promise of rain, the cautious back-and-forth flight of birds building a nest and foraging for worms in the garden, the rebirth of perennials, and the delightfully sweet smell of lemon blossoms foreshadowing this summer's tall cool glasses of [...]

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Things are hopping in the garden this month ... most of what was blooming in mid-February is still going strong, and many other plants have come into bloom. At the end of February, Ray and I took a 10 day trip to Vancouver, B.C., and our weather at home was crazy while we were away ... [...]

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It's been very busy in the garden so far this year, as it was all of last year, and the thirty-something years before that. I take dozens -- sometimes hundreds -- of garden photos each month, and have faithfully taken photos for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for close to two years. But, somehow, I am [...]

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