2020 Champion Tree Register is out!
American Forests has just published the 2020 Champion Trees National Register. This is a fun and informative list, and can be sorted by type
Taxodium Species Finally Get Some Respect!
Bald and pond cypresses are versatile trees for the landscape, so why don’t they get planted more? Sometimes Taxodium species are not consid
Cool colors beat the heat
Much of the country is experiencing extreme heat this summer and as we shelter in place, we're all in search of ways to stay cool. The high
It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Bling!
Most of us wouldn’t dream of messing with a wonderful conifer specimen. They sit there in the sun regaling us with their colorful foliage or
Lights! Camera! Action! Am I a movie director or a gardener ?
Editor's note: This entry was not written by me. It was submitted anonymously by a director who specializes in conifer gardens. The author h
The Lushness of the Late Summer Garden
Late summer can be a difficult time in an ornamental garden. Most perennials are as weary as we are of seemingly endless days of heat and w
How I fell in love with conifers
I made my first garden when I was nine years old, and, but for a few years off here and there when I lived in cities, I have been gardening
Winter Wonderland - California Style
We think of a winter wonderland as a landscape covered with snow, glazed and glistening, soft and serene. But for those of us who never re
When the weather is hot, we look to cool blues for relief. We've written about blues in autumn, when they contrast strikingly with the fier
This rainbow doesn't just END in gold!
Generally the winter skies in Sonoma County are the most dramatic; the low sun lighting up the clouds and sky all shades of orange and pink
Winter Finery - Bright Spots on Dull Days
We love the soft light of winter and how it shows almost everything to advantage. In the shot above, conifers, yucca and the lingering leav