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From the garden of Shepp Ranch

For about 100 years, a garden has been in place at the Shepp Ranch. Here’s a beautiful sampling from the flower beds this year: TweetShare

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How to deal with scary yellowjackets, bald-headed hornets and those nasty nasty wasps

I am allergic to bee stings. Recently, on my Salmon River trip, the lemonade/ice tea table was surrounded by yellow jackets and bald headed hornets. I don’t know which ones scared me more. I would rather go thirsty in 98 … Continue reading

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Firewise landscaping and what you can do NOW!

A recent fire on Hill Road brought danger darn near to the doorstep. For folks in fire prone areas throughout the Intermountain West, and anywhere else, here is a checklist of things you can do to make defensible space around … Continue reading

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Sun Valley Garden Tour July 2013

Ahhhhhhhh, Sun Valley. For me it conjures up images of Baldy (the ski hill), movie stars (Clint Eastwood, Scott Glenn, Demi Moore), kick butt art galleries, good food, good times —and gardens. Here are three containers that caught my eye … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2013

Sometimes, I just get overwhelmed with “to much to do” and miss out on GBBD. Not this month. When I was taking these pictures, I made a mental note: these are special, just for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and my … Continue reading

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Tip of the Week: Wonderful Wood Chips for the garden

A little known factoid: The City of Boise, Community Forestry Department has some very VERY nice wood mulch available for a suhweeet price: $15 per cubic yard. This is a medium size, shredded bark, a little dusty at first, but … Continue reading

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Very Pinteresting: Using Pinterest as a cool garden tool

Several friends have written recently, about using Pinterest (the HOT HOT HOT social media site) as a gardening tool. Amen. It’s a wonderful thing. I fell hard for Pinterest. In no time I had a 1000 pins, then 2000 and … Continue reading

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More “Better Plants for Better Gardens”

A couple years ago, I did a series of posts that got a lot of attention around the region: Better Plants for Better Gardens, or “Instead of That, Plant THIS!” I was recently asked what else I would recommend in … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts as an ornamental

I tucked these in the front pots on a lark. Of course, they are totally happy and hogging all the attention. I’ve decided to make them the stars of the show. I will redesign the containers to “showcasethe sprouts. TweetShare

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Echinacea pallida is showing off

That tough as nails but wistful looking pale coneflower is dancing in the garden right now. And with such a lovely fragrance. TweetShare

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