Instant Halloween decorating with mini pumpkins and succulents
Oct16

Instant Halloween decorating with mini pumpkins and succulents

Instant Halloween decorating with mini pumpkins and succulents – Sunset Instant Halloween decorating with mini pumpkins and succulents...

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We shouldn't hug our chickens?
Oct16

We shouldn't hug our chickens?

That’s the message the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to spread among us chicken owners. (Yes, we still have one hen here at Sunset, who will be going to a good home this coming winter, when we move to our new home in Oakland.) Not surprisingly, backyard hens often become almost a part of the family. But chickens don’t just provide fresh eggs—they also can carry salmonella, and the CDC says...

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7 reasons to grow succulents in the drought
Oct16

7 reasons to grow succulents in the drought

Succulents look gorgeous, even during drought. They’ve got their own moisture sources, says Debra Lee Baldwin, succulent expert and author of three books on the subject. Who needs water when you can fill a dry fountain with red-tinged Crassula ‘Campfire’, small frosty green C. rupestris, silvery Graptoveria ‘Opalina’, and blue-green Echeveria glauca? Seven more reasons to grow them now… 1....

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Native Plants Go Glam
Oct16

Native Plants Go Glam

By now you’ve (hopefully) read our April issue, including Native heroes,  a look into the growing acceptance and availability of native plants for our gardens. My favorite quote is from Jason Dewees, horticulturist (and resident palm expert) at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco: “Not every native garden has to replicate a natural habitat without any design. Give me a hedge of Ceanothus, a lawn of...

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Lovable Yet Rogue
Oct16

Lovable Yet Rogue

It’s time for another installment of design ideas from Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, the Seattle-based authors of Fine Foliage. It’s time for another installment of design ideas from Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, the Seattle-based authors of Fine Foliage. Scallywag holly is the mischief-maker of this combo, threatening to poke those who come too close. Despite its threat of mischief,...

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