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Shiso, a Japanese green.

This is shiso, a plant in the mint family. The stems and undersides of the leaves are purple, and the plant resembles coleus. (There is also a green-stemmed variety, and a frillier type.) Shiso, a form of perilla, originated in East or Southeast Asia, and…

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Johnson's Hybrid Aloe



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Mystery plant. Who can identify me?



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Scabiosa anthemifolia, Pincushion Flower) -- and a Monarch revival?

We were delighted this morning to discover a Monarch butterfly in the garden. We hadn’t been visited by one in several years, since the great decline. The Monarchs require Asclepias — milkweed — to thrive, and Roundup has been killing all the milkweed.…

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California Rises from the Drought

This Nasa “video” is really a slideshow. You might want to turn the music down or off. Cool photos from space though.

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Lemon water for a hot day.

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Lost two fairly big lemon tree branches to excessive fruit weight. Should have thinned them out, but this has never happened before, so I wasn’t concerned. What should I do with all these lemons?

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Waaar-i-ors! Great fun at the GSW championship parade. I missed some of the players and coaches, but I did get several cool photos. Here are a few.    

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Fermentation is the bacterial and fungal process of decomposing sugars that gives us wine, beer, cheese, salame, pickles, kimchi, and so much more. Recently I made a post about making homemade ginger beer, a process that uses wild bacteria to ferment…
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