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Pond plants are helping our little backyard waterfall run crystal clear in the transition from winter to full on spring, when lots of blossoms are fluttering down and clogging up the works. Right now it looks like a lot of rockscape, but soon the elephant ear (colocasia) and lilies will fill in and provide a greener look.
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One of my fave pond plants is the fanwort (canomba). The bright green fronds sitting at the top of the waterfall are a great filter. Sometimes it filters a little too much and impedes the flow, but we just yank a little of it out and it restores the balance.

The plants also provided nice hiding places for fish, which we haven’t had for a couple of years now. We had two small koi for five years before a raccoon outwitted them one night.😭Sourdough loved watching them swim around (he never went after them, just watched verrrry closely), so maybe we’ll try again one of these days!


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I was about to take a photo…when this swan closed its eyes. Such a lovely creature!

#oaklandlake #oaklandgardens #goldenhour #swan #birdphotography #closeup #portrait


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Welcome spring!
Snow peas, mustard greens and Romaine lettuce #growsomethinggreen #oaklandgardens #urbangarden


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//Jasmine in full, sweet-smelling bloom in my yard. It’s one of the things that makes Oakland smell so beautiful on spring nights. Borrow a few garden tools from us and you can have your own vines planted in an hour. Come see us!// #communitytools #oaklandbeautiful #eastbaygardens #oaklandgardens #oakland #oaklandtoollibrary


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Happy #caturday friends! Are you poking around in your garden today? I’m currently traveling, but I know what Sourdough’s plans are: drink from the stream, sleep on all the herbs, and generally be the biggest pest in the garden. So, just like any other day.😻


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The blue and white print reminds me so much of Chinese porcelain ceramics. You never know what you’ll find in your parent’s closet! Should I raid dad's next? 😜⁣

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I always enjoy the few days when the plum and pear blossoms come fluttering down and dust the ground like snow. Sometimes it happens in February, sometimes March. Marking my journal with the first few days of spring this year for the “snow fall.” (Swipe for video of the gentle beginnings of blossoms falling) There may still be more gray days than sunny ones ahead here in California’s east bay, but there is still lots of color to behold!
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Do you mark these types of occasions each year? I can’t wait to see the first bright orange dragonflies, that’s always a good day!


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Rhododendron season is in full swing here in Oakland #garden #mygarden #mygardentoday #oaklandgardens #rhododendron #rhododendrongarden


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I’ve heard that some rhododendrons are poisonous to honey bees (and humans via poisonous honey), but the bumble bees love them. According to the Xerces Society they are a good source of pollen and nectar. #garden #mygarden #mygardentoday #oaklandgardens #bumblebee #pollinatorgarden


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Anyone else have their wasp traps out yet? I saw a yellow jacket over the weekend. #garden #mygarden #mygardentoday #oaklandgardens #yellowjackettrap #rhododendron #rhododendrongarden


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Peek of green! 😛⁣ (shame I didn’t post this one on st paddy’s)

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TBT to a couple years ago when I attempted to harvest and roast sunflower seeds from our homegrown beauties! They were whoppers but a lot of spittin ‘n crackin’ for the size of the seeds - not really worth it, but sometimes you just gotta try!
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Most of them went back into the ground the following year to grow new flowers, and then a hungry gopher gobbled them all up. Win some, lose some.
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What are some of your tried and failed garden experiments?


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//It’s this weekend! The Plant Exchange! It’s a day of gardening demos, food, and exhibitors. It’s gonna be gorgeous out. Go play outside. And remember, after you get all inspired, we have garden tools you can borrow!Details link in bio. // @theplantexchange #oaklandgardens #diygarden #communitytools #oaklandtoollibrary


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You know me and my flowy materials. Keeping it comfy this spring!⁣

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I was weeding in between the rain and this yellow caught my eye. Last year I dumped a dead @traderjoes tulip plant in the garden and - as a wise man walking by said - I am more blessed than I realize! Had no idea flowers would pop up. Just thought I was re-using the soil. #plantingtulips #tulipbulbs #oaklandgardens #springflowers #mothernaturerocks #flowersgrowing


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Cheesesteak empanadas are one of my favorite kinds of empanadas. Steak + cheese + onion is a hard combo to beat. What kind of empanadas do you like the most?
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#empanada #empanadas #cheesesteak #cheesesteakempanada #steak #onion #pepper #cheddar #cheese #cheesepull #oaklandgardens #bayside #baysidequeens #queenseats #nyceats #eeeeeats


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Happy #firstdayofspring from my drizzly front porch #oaklandgardens


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Native grasses provide us with a great natural screen in our front yard garden. When building out this area, we knew we wanted a barrier between our raised beds and the street, but didn’t want another fence. Planting native grasses was not only much more affordable, but it softened the geometric lines of the redwood garden beds (untreated and food-safe) and the repurposed railroad ties that make up the rest of the design.
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They only need trimming a couple of times a year, so they are easy to maintain, and really look lovely when they grow taller and rustle in the wind! Since we are right on a busy corner, it also adds a level of privacy that feels just right - not completely hidden from the street but ok if I feel like watering in my pajama pants.
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We planted a combo of blue and California fescue, feather grasses (so pretty, but caution with this, it can seed out everywhere), and purple fountain grass. Do you utilize native plants like grasses in your garden?


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