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Bee Balm

Try growing bee balm in view of a window so you won’t miss the acrobatics of hummingbirds that visit in summer. Bee balm also attracts butterflies and bees.

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Moon Cactus

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii is a species of cactus from South America commonly grown as a houseplant. The most popular cultivars are variegated mutants which completely lack chlorophyll, exposing the underlying red, orange or yellow pigmentation. These cultivars are often called moon cactus. Since chorophyll is necessary for photosynthesis, these mutations die as seedlings unless grafted onto another cactus with normal chlorophyll. …

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T & A Farms

This is a shameless promotion of the beekeeping website of my brother Adam and his wife Therese.

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Trellis – Circular

circular trellis

Circular trellises are a great design element. You can hang decorative elements, especially those that move in the wind. We use ours for anchoring the marionberry canes. The height is 84 inches unplanted (76 when planted).

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Nopal Cactus

Nopal (also known as the Prickly Pear cactus) is hardy, drought-tolerant, and reproduces easily by cuttings. Forty years ago I took a small cactus pad from the home of my wife’s grandmother in Hollister California. Nopal is a species and an ingredient made from the Opuntia cacti, in the subfamily Opuntioideae. They are particularly common in their native Mexico where …

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Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe

The black phoebe is a common visitor in the Sunnyvale garden. It is mainly insectivorous and waits on a perch before flying out and catching its prey in the air. (Sayornis nigricans) is a passerine bird in the tyrant-flycatcher family. It breeds from southwest Oregon and California south through Central and South America. It occurs year-round throughout most of its …

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Annie’s Annuals

Annie’s Annuals is a great source of live plants that are not carried by the big-box stores. They are the equivalent of an indie-record store (an analogy for those over 40).

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Yamagami Nursery

Yamagami Nursery is my local nursery for live plants in the Sunnyvale/Cupertino area. They also carry a big selection from Annie’s Annuals. Address: 1361 S De Anza Blvd #2, Cupertino, CA 95014 Phone:(408) 252-3347 Hours: Open today · 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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ChilePlants.com

The Crosswinds Nursery in New Jersey runs the ChilePlants.com website. It is an excellent source of live plants. Order in early April when planting in Sunnyvale California. As of Dec 2014, they offer 500 varieties of chile peppers; 180 varieties of tomatoes; and 65 varieties of Eggplants

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