Blog Posts - Northern California



Colorful bounty at Davis Farmers Market

With friends visiting, my focus has been away from our garden. We spent four days in California’s Eastern Sierra (post coming up) and have been doing things around town that we aren’t doing as much as we should. This includes going to the Davis F...
by Bamboo and More on Jul 3, 2016

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by McKinney Mommas on Apr 22, 2016

Retail therapy at Annie’s Annuals

Yesterday was a perfect late-winter day—blue sky and warm enough to work outside in a T-shirt. But instead of puttering around in the garden, I decided to give in to the plant-shopping itching that had been plaguing me all week. It’s no secret t...
by Bamboo and More on Feb 7, 2016

White Christmas 2015

A month ago we had a white Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s place in Mount Shasta. That was a wonderful surprise, considering it doesn’t often snow that early any more. Fast-forward four weeks. We’re back in Mount Shasta for Christmas, and lo...
by Bamboo and More on Dec 24, 2015

UC Davis early December aloe check

The other day I showed you how the winter-blooming aloes in my front yard are doing. Some should be in flower at or shortly after Christmas, depending on how many warm days we get between now and then. I also took a quick trip to the UC Davis camp...
by Bamboo and More on Dec 11, 2015

I’ve glimpsed paradise… and it’s a front yard in Walnut Creek

A few months ago somebody at the Ruth Bancroft Garden told me about a fabulous front yard in Walnut Creek. It took me a while, but I finally checked it out yesterday when I had meeting in the East Bay anyway. What did I think? Well, the title of thi...
by Bamboo and More on Nov 13, 2015

Exploring the Ruth Bancroft Garden, October 2015 edition

It’s become a tradition now: At each Ruth Bancroft Garden plant sale, I first pick out the plants I want, then I stroll through the garden to see what’s new and revisit old favorites. It was no different last Saturday. Since I had to get raffle...
by Bamboo and More on Oct 14, 2015

Grand opening of The Cannery farm-to-table community in Davis, CA

Last weekend was the grand opening of The Cannery, the first major new-home development to be built in Davis in over 20 years (Davis is renowned for its anti-growth politics). I’m not looking to move but like so many people in town I was eager to g...
by Bamboo and More on Aug 22, 2015

Big box garden centers adapt to the drought in California

I have a conflicted relationship with the big box home improvement chains (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Orchard Supply Hardware, etc.). On the one hand, I appreciate the one-stop shopping and huge range of products they offer, on the other hand I lament how...
by Bamboo and More on Aug 7, 2015

San Francisco Guide to Private Winery Tours

Heading to San Francisco? The team at IHG shares their favorite private wine tours to get you exploring CA's stunning wine country. The post San Francisco Guide to Private Winery Tours appeared first on The Traveling Scholar.
by The Traveling Scholar on Jun 12, 2015

Return to the Wave Garden

Last Saturday, after visiting Annie’s Annuals & Perennials in Richmond, I took my mother-in-law to see the Wave Garden in nearby Point Richmond. I wrote a long post about this very special garden in February 2014. Please refer to it to se...
by Bamboo and More on May 28, 2015

Your Wine Tasting Adventure Starts in Sacramento

Want to explore Northern California’s wine country?  Well pour yourself a glass of wine, sit down at your laptop, Smartphone, or Home Computer and plan your trip with Free Flights in Sacramento!Not only the California State Capitol, Sacra...
by Sipped in California on May 13, 2015

Don’t mess with old men and their Chihuahuas

This story could go with my Macho Men and Tiny Dogs series of a few years ago. Carl Moore is 73 years old and does not know fear. "The man or beast that I run from ain't been born, and his momma's already dead," he told CBS-13. "I ain'...
by The Poodle (and dog) blog on May 2, 2015

Comcast's gigabit internet hits northern California in June

Comcast is bringing its twice-as-fast-as-Google-Fiber internet service to northern California. Potential customers will need installation of professional-grade equipment to access it and, you'll have to be near its fiber network -- Fresno, Monterey,...
by engadget on Apr 18, 2015

Comcast's gigabit internet hits northern California in June

Comcast is bringing its twice-as-fast-as-Google-Fiber internet service to northern California. Potential customers will need installation of professional-grade equipment to access it and, you'll have to be near its fiber network -- Fresno, Monterey,...
by engadget on Apr 18, 2015

Green Acres in Elk Grove: the newest nursery in the Sacramento area

While the Sacramento metro area is home to 2.2 million people (#26 in the nation for population), the opening of a new nursery is not a common event. In fact, the trend over the last 10 years has been going in the other direction, with several cheris...
by Bamboo and More on Apr 17, 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

Ruth Bancroft Garden 2015 spring plant sale: bigger, better, and longer

Yesterday (April 11, 2015) was the 2015 spring plant sale at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA. Or, to be more correct, it was the start of the spring plant sale. For the first time, the plant sale will run for six days. If you weren’t a...
by Bamboo and More on Apr 12, 2015

Ruth Bancroft Garden in February 2015

Sorry it took me the better part of a week to post more pictures from my visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden last Saturday but I had 200+ photos to go through. You’d think that after having been there so many times I’d run out of things to photogra...
by Bamboo and More on Feb 25, 2015

Pink Sea Slugs Invade Northern California Coast as Ocean Waters Warm

When people visit tidepools in northern California, they aren’t used to seeing a lot of pink. That’s usually reserved for people down south, but something strange has been taking place over the last few weeks. The Hopkins’ rose nudi...
by Debt Free Living Guru on Feb 3, 2015


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