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Books: Water-Wise

Seems like everyone is trying to save water in the garden, especially since watering restrictions are now in place in many communities across the country. And it doesn't seem like that's going to change anytime soon. So here are two new titles to hel...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 1, 2016

Front yard desert bed at 1½ (October 2015 update)

It’s been six months since I last talked about the desert bed in the front yard (technically outside the backyard fence on the street side). As a quick reminder, this is what this area was like until February 2014: February 16. 2014 before the Pi...
by Bamboo and More on Oct 23, 2015

Late summer at the UC Davis Arboretum Valley-Wise Garden

This morning I went to a presentation at the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum. I learned that the garden was started in the early 1980s as a demonstration garden to showcase plants that would thrive in our Mediterranean...
by Bamboo and More on Aug 29, 2015

Sue’s impressive front yard makeover

Fellow Davis gardener Sue Fitz is no stranger to this blog. I’ve featured her expansive backyard a few years ago and I’ve written about her volunteer work at Woodland High School. Now it’s time to take a look at her recent front yard makeover.
by Bamboo and More on May 17, 2015

The elephant in the room, a.k.a. our front lawn

As the drought in California and other parts of the western U.S. continues unabated, more and more homeowners are switching to water-wise landscaping. In our garden, we’ve been focusing on low-H₂O plants since the beginning so we haven’t had to...
by Bamboo and More on May 14, 2015

Palo verde update

I receive more comments and questions about our palo verde trees than any other plant in our garden. I don’t know if it’s because homeowners are rethinking their landscaping in the wake of the ongoing drought in the western U.S. and are looking f...
by Bamboo and More on May 10, 2015

Spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

After I’d done all the damage I could at the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s spring plant sale last Saturday, I took a leisurely stroll through the garden. I’ve been here so many times, I’m always afraid of running out of things to photograph. Fortuna...
by Bamboo and More on Apr 14, 2015

Front yard desert bed at age 1

A little over a year ago the area in front of the fence below was an overgrown tangle of Japanese mock-orange (Pittosporum tobira). After we had the hedge taken out, we built a mound of well-draining soil, planted succulents and other heat- and droug...
by Bamboo and More on Apr 6, 2015

March 2015 snapshot of the front yard

Tuesday was uncharacteristically overcast. We haven’t had have days like that very often lately—it’s been nothing but sun, sun, sun. I was happy and took the opportunity to photograph the front yard. These pictures will serve as reference point...
by Bamboo and More on Mar 12, 2015

Partial front yard makeover: from banana and lemon to cactus and agaves

Rule 1 of documenting a makeover project: take decent photos of the “before.” That’s exactly what I didn’t do on our most recent project. Instead of taking pictures when the light was good, I waited until the last minute when it was too contr...
by Bamboo and More on Feb 15, 2015

A walk through Tucson’s Civano community

On New Year’s day, when all the nurseries and most public gardens in Tucson were closed, I finally had time to take a walk through the Civano community located on the southeastern edge of the city. I first became aware of Civano through landscape...
by Bamboo and More on Jan 6, 2015

Weekend stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum is literally 10 minutes from my house, and even though I’ve blogged about it many times before, I don’t go often enough. It seems it requires an out-of-town visitor to jostle me into action. Exactly that happened last Satur...
by Bamboo and More on Nov 3, 2014

Front yard desert bed June 2014 update

≡ This post continues the coverage of our front yard desert garden project. ≡ It’s been 3½ months since since we removed the Pittosporum tobira hedge next to the house and built a mounded “desert bed.” This is what it looked like right af...
by Bamboo and More on Jun 24, 2014

Our chaste tree is flaunting it

“Flaunt it if you’ve got it,” that was the motto of disco queen Donna Summer. Our chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) seems to have taken a page out of her book. It’s certainly flaunting it! Planted by yours truly from a 4-inch pot in 1999, it h...
by Bamboo and More on Jun 12, 2014

Our chaste tree is flaunting it

“Flaunt it if you’ve got it,” that was the motto of disco queen Donna Summer. Our chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) seems to have taken a page out of her book. It’s certainly flaunting it! Planted by yours truly from a 4-inch pot in 1999, it h...
by Bamboo and More on Jun 12, 2014

First look at planted desert garden

≡ This post continues the coverage of our front yard desert garden project. ≡ Yesterday (Saturday) our high was 87°F. I’m sure this broke all kinds of records. Only a few places in California—like Death Valley and Palms Springs—were hotte...
by Bamboo and More on Mar 16, 2014

Guest Blogger: 5 Benefits of Drought Resistant Landscaping

Guest Blogger #987, Entry #2533, June 18, 2013 Spring and summer are the seasons when people really get into landscaping. The sun shines longer, the weather is warmer and it’s the...
by Stagetecture on Jun 18, 2013


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