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Ready to go back to school and get that degree in "higher education"?
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An apple tree with dirt removed. Interestingly, there is more "root mass" than "above ground" growth.

photo: Jim Borland
http://bit.ly/2l3kWtD
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This is yesterday in Garden Valley, Ca. That's hail, about 2-4" worth that fell in one hour. All our vegetable plants are shredded. We have found some more starts to plant, so all will not be lost. Over a foot of new snow at Donner Pass! Now we are told it will be in the 90's F next week. Quite a roller coaster ride of weather.
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This would make a nice addition to the farm.

"Is the master at home?"

"No, he has retired to the greenhouse with instructions that he be left alone."

Nice, indeed...

Near Paris, France.
Steampunk Tendencies‏
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Looks like we'll be eating artichokes soon. We have eight of these plants!
#garden
#artichoke
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Seed vault flooding?

This doesn't say much for our ability to plan for the future. Looking at this picture of the vault, it seems odd to have placed it so close to the water, which is apparently rising due to climate change. We are suppose to be shocked it's now flooding? Wasn't that the idea behind storing these seeds? To protect against such events? Unbelievably naivety from the people who designed, and built this.
The Guardian article:
http://bit.ly/2rCtHdr
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Ladybug laying eggs

Our customers at the garden shop are starting to see these small yellow eggs on their plants. Wondering what they are they bring us samples to ID. Just so you know what they are, here is a longish (9 minute) video showing an adult Ladybug laying the eggs. If you see these on your plants leave them alone! They will hatch and eat the aphids, as well as some other garden pests.

#garden
#ladybug
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Indian Paintbrush

Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush, is blooming all along the foothill roads that cut through the serpentine belt. They are hemiparasitic on the roots of grasses and forbs, which means they receive some of their sustenance from other plants, and not the soil.
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Breath deeply

There is a hedge of lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) growing in Marshall Gold Discovery Park. Their refreshing fragrance is one of the most delightful of the plant world. Likely been there quite awhile. It was raining when we gathered up a bunch, and placed them in a vase at home where the fragrance can be enjoyed.

Seems people planted more lilacs in the past. You can often tell where the old homesteads once stood from the mature lilacs in a empty field. Do people still plant the "old fashioned" lilac anymore? Reading the wikipedia article on lilacs we read, "No fall color is seen and the seed clusters have no aesthetic appeal."

We in the horticulture trade should stop deciding what has "aesthetic appeal" to different people. Maybe the seed clusters and browning leaves have no "spectacular show", but we can still learn to appreciate and admire those plain seed clusters, and leaves. Seems too many plants and flowers not enjoyed because they don't show off all year.
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Violas

Nothing says spring quite like pansies and violas, which are really just smaller versions of the pansy. These were growing at our nursery, ready for someone to buy them, and give them a new home.
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