October Gardening Under the Big, Bright Boise Sky

Oh my! If every month were like October, Boise would be a gardening mecca. With temps between 60-75° every day, no wind - just the occasional breeze, and a landscape so brilliantly colored that all kinds of people are snapping photos of trees, shrubs, flowers and the like...it would be inevitable. You see, the loooong warm …

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San Francisco Spring Break – A Visit to the Japanese Tea Garden

I have a general rule of thumb when it comes to Spring Break. Get out-of-town. Why? Because it's inevitable the weather will be better...most anywhere else. You may think this an exaggeration but I think not. I remember a few years ago when we were spending Spring break in Phoenix, Arizona and I overheard two ladies …

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Are You “Fir” Real or “Faux” Fake?

To those that celebrate Christmas, do you still whole-heartedly stand by a "real" Christmas tree, say a Doug, Grand, Frazier or Noble fir?  Or, are you in the camp that faux is where it's at - fake it baby, just don't break it! Or, maybe you are really hard-core - part of the 'live tree …

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Purple Rain, Purple Reign

Now maybe it's because I was in high-school and college in the 80's that certain Prince songs are permanently embedded in my brain, but the other day an old favorite popped into my head while perusing the garden. Purple rain, purple rain....purple rain, purple rain... Yes, we had just received another shower (we are having so …

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Growing Cherries In Your Own Back Yard

The harvesting of sweet cherries is one of the premier growing/gardening experiences of June here in the Intermountain West (Zone 6).   And although the rest of the garden is showcasing beautiful flora and tasty produce, local cherries, being one of the starlets of June, steal the show! I don't grow my own cherries yet but I have …

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