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Towering White Flowers and a Flashback t...

Driving through a neighborhood in the town of Benicia en route to a poetry reading at Roseanne’s European Delights a stand of white flowers at about eight feet tall caught my eye.  “Of course,” I chuckled to myself with greedy horticultural glee, “Matilja Poppies!”  And without further ado, turned around.  On closer inspection, there behind the impressive shrub of rare (not categorized as rare, just rarely seen) giant poppies rested a Volkswagen Van, reminiscent of my hippy days as a youth in the Bay Area. Naturally compelled to capture the scene with my handy iPhone...
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Garden Tour by Mountain Mama!

Environmental educator and founder of nonprofit LifeGarden, Judy Adler alias Mountain Mama, offers classes on habitat gardening at her own garden in Walnut Creek.  I attended one this past weekend with 14 other eager gardeners.  Number One Lesson:  no matter how many years we study gardening, natives and the environment, there is ALWAYS something new to learn.  AND not only is it fun to review but it is often inspiring to see through fresh eyes! Judy’s garden is one of the first certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  It is also...
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California Poppies

  “Volunteer poppies in my vegetable garden: Spring 2016”  The sheer, delicate vibrant beauty of golden sunrise orange poppies (Eschscholzia californica; Family: Papaveraceae) takes my breath away. Volunteers, like this one, are blooming in my raised beds. And yes, they take up precious room.   I pull out some and leave a thick stand at one end of the beds for the bees, other pollinators and me! “Violas and sleeping Poppies” Have you ever wondered why or noticed that California poppies fold up at dusk? Tulips, hibiscus and crocuses do also. This phenomena is called,...