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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – 15 February 2019

I’ve never participated in the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, but I’ve enjoyed seeing what is blooming in other people’s garden each month, so I decided why not start now? Each month on the 15th garden bloggers around the world post what’s blooming in their gardens. Thanks to the May Dreams Garden Blog for the idea.

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A not-so-ordinary ordinary day

Earlier this week we had what I would call a not-so-ordinary ordinary day. We did all our ordinary things: pulled weeds, moved rocks, went to the park, read stories. But we did some not-so-ordinary things too. Continue reading

Garden Tour: South Coast Botanic Garden

If you, like me, are (im)patiently waiting for spring to really make her appearance, what better way to pass the time than virtually touring someone else’s garden (either in real life or virtually)? It’s time for another Garden Tour! (Previous garden tours can be found here, here, and here.)

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Garden Tour: Mountain Crest High School Outdoor Classroom

You can find previous Garden Tours here and here.

This Garden Tour is a bit late in coming to you. I don’t really know what happened, except life, I guess. My little buddy and I went exploring our new neighborhood shortly after we moved in, and now, a full two months later, I’m finally getting around to sharing this little gem we discovered – the Mountain Crest High School Outdoor Classroom. Continue reading

Discovering Seeds

This post originally appeared on Gardening Know How as an invited guest blog. The version here is the same, with the addition of a couple more photos.

I have long been fascinated by seeds, as my elementary school self with her shoebox full of horse-chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) can attest. It turns out this fascination served me well when I became a graduate student. As part of my research on different methods to control downy brome (Bromus tectorum), I counted thousands and thousands of downy brome seeds to document the effects of those different methods. If you’ve ever wondered what a plant science graduate student does, you can bet that counting seeds is part of it.

horse chestnut, aesculus hippocastanum

Walking across campus this week, I just couldn’t help but pick up a few horse chestnuts.

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