Kerole
A Gardener of Disrepair
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Re: A Garden Grows in California

13 Jul '11 10:09 am
Hi Mark!

Lovely to see your garden again. And the dogs of course. Both are looking well and content.

I can always count on you to show us some unusuals - love that massive salvia.

I would call that pink magenta-ish. :D

casper19
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Re: A Garden Grows in California

11 Feb '12 9:19 pm
Does California have any water restrictions when it comes to gardening? I heard that there is a water shortage there, and thought it would be costly do have a garden there unless you grow the right types of fruits & vegetables.
How much should I expect to pay for an heirloom emergency seed bank online? I'm interested in gardening this summer, and want to start planting seeds in the spring. I'm hoping to plant kratom seeds before summer.

Mark
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Berkeley, California, USA

Re: A Garden Grows in California

11 Feb '12 10:19 pm
Hello Casper and nice to cybermeet you at such a nice virtual website. Moosey's is one of my favorite online garden destinations, though lately I've been keeping up with Mary's own garden more often on facebook.

We frequently do have water restrictions. Last year was a very good year for water. We are getting very little this year. Where are you gardening and how is your water supply of late?
Mark in California

Q: "Do you ever sit down?"
A: "All the time until the urge to 'play' some more becomes too strong."

Mark
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Berkeley, California, USA

Re: A Garden Grows in California

28 Jan '13 3:14 pm
It has been too long. I got sucked into cyber space for about a year, only rarely making it out into the garden. So I've dropped off of the forums I was spending the most time on and have given up playing online poker. I still enjoy both and miss it, but I just need to be more active than I'd become. I always walk the dogs daily but I wasn't often getting out on any longer walks in the hills. Lets call that my new year's resolution for 2013.

Fletcher is 13 but closer to 14 and Heidi Rose is 10 years younger than him. He still keeps up on walks on trails but at the dog park he gets turned around and, like today, will sometimes hurry off in the wrong direction to find me. The trouble is he doesn't see or hear so well and he is as social as ever, always stopping to sniff every dog's butt and seduce the affection of its master.

I'm edging closer to retirement. By accepting a deal whereby I get to work 80% (teach 4 instead of 5 classes), I've guaranteed that I will be retired in no more than four more years after this one. They only pay me 80% but they contribute to my retirement at 100%. Sweet deal but it comes with a time limit. I'm not currently itching to be retired but I think I will be happy to find other ways to amuse myself.

My non-gardening spouse has been busy. She has a show opening in Madison, Wisconsin next week and she was recently on a documentary produced by our public television network called "Handmade In America". Her weaving was featured on the episode known titled "Crossing Borders".

I'll have to get back to leave some photos of the garden. I've actually done quite a bit of editing of the garden of late. I yanked the Palo Verde tree which has never thrived where it was planted and on top of that was dropping litter everywhere. I planted another tree near by. I yanked a Cyathea cooperii tree fern which I hired a guy to move from a neighbor's yard but it never recovered from the shock. I've got a pretty amazing new salvia growing there which should develope a mass much greater than the tree with time. You know how it goes. With time you realize certain plants don't work with their neighbors or just aren't earning their keep.
Mark in California

Q: "Do you ever sit down?"
A: "All the time until the urge to 'play' some more becomes too strong."

gordonf
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Lillooet, BC, Canada

Re: A Garden Grows in California

28 Jan '13 6:43 pm
Great to hear from you again, Mark! You'll be amazed how busy your life will be once retired! Even if not "doing" anything in particular, you'll be able to take your time and enjoy doing it more than when you have lesson plans in your head all the time!

While I can't guarantee anything, I have had one lady come to look at my place 3 times in 2 weeks now. She says she "loves" the garden (what's not to love, eh?) and I figure that gardeners always get their way eventually, so I'm in full swing (again) planning gardens for at least 2 possible places that I can afford.

All the best and keep fingers crossed for me!

Kerole
A Gardener of Disrepair
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Re: A Garden Grows in California

28 Jan '13 11:20 pm
Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely garden Mark. Best of luck with the exhibition - her weaving sounds lovely. Do we get to see a pic of that too?

Best of luck with your house sale too Gordon. Keep us posted.

MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: A Garden Grows in California

29 Jan '13 12:50 am
Great to see you back Mark! :) I'd love to see how your garden is looking, and the weaving too if we could?
Good luck Gordon, hope there's good news soon!

moosey
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Re: A Garden Grows in California

30 Jan '13 8:48 am
Yippee! A reunion... Missed you, Mark, so all the best to those lovely dogs and your super-creative NGP. And great news about the demi-semi-retirement. Well done! Cheers, M
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Mark
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Berkeley, California, USA

Re: A Garden Grows in California

18 Feb '14 2:52 pm
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/serialplantfetishist/12590143374/" title="Photo on 2-17-14 at 6.29 AM by serialplantfetishist, on Flickr"><img src="https://s2.yimg.com/sk/3822/12590143374_0d70565c74_n.jpg" width="320" height="213" alt="Photo on 2-17-14 at 6.29 AM"></a>

Hi everyone. I'm not sure I'll be able to remember how to post a picture here. But I thought I'd try posting one from my flickr account and see how that goes. If it works you'll see my latest snap of my pups, Heidi Rose (now 4) and new boy Buddy (1.5). Wish me luck.
Mark in California

Q: "Do you ever sit down?"
A: "All the time until the urge to 'play' some more becomes too strong."

Mark
Home gardener & plant fetishist
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Berkeley, California, USA

Re: A Garden Grows in California

18 Feb '14 3:08 pm
Well that didn't work lets try something else.

More of a test than anything else. Again, the doggies because I think the file may be small enough.
Photo on 2-17-14 at 6.29 AM.jpg
Mark in California

Q: "Do you ever sit down?"
A: "All the time until the urge to 'play' some more becomes too strong."

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