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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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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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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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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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