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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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In the third week of January, tomato seedlings arrived at our local Lowe's. Less than a month into what passes for winter in Bakersfield, our days were cool, dry, and sunny. I couldn't resist bringing a few plants home to get an extra-early jump on tomato season.  I limited my selection to seven smallish plants -- [...]

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More pics from yesterday's tour of our back yard veggie garden ... here's a bit of what's currently blooming in our back yard: Though some people think it's strange -- or a waste of valuable food growing space -- I'm a cottage gardener at heart, and I love the look of flowers mixed in with [...]

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Today we got an unusual break from the Bakersfield springtime heat ... yesterday's high was 87, and today we only made it to 75, though it felt plenty warm in the sun while working in the garden this afternoon.  A strong breeze came up around 4:30, shocking the sunflowers I transplanted today, and knocking over the [...]

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