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The Art of BEEing: Start of the flow

The desert winter seems to be quickly moving into summer as the early wildflower bloom is underway and flowering trees are starting to break bud.  There are still a few more cool days and nights ahead, but highs in the … Continue reading

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Golden Russet – past the breaking point

Years ago the sump pump failed and the basement flooded at Rurikia; a portable pump with a temporary outlet into the driveway was used to pump it dry. Unfortunately the flow routed through the orchard directly to the Golden Russet … Continue reading

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The drought of 2012 at Rurikia

In school I learned about the Dust Bowl and how the lessons learned from it had led to better farming techniques. I read The Grapes of Wrath. I had seen museum exhibits of FSA photos and reports . I had … Continue reading

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Tokyo Views – The tree wins

Spotted in central Tokyo – Paper (in the form of a tree) covers rock.

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Tokyo views – flowers in February

Winter is usually the quiet season for my pollen allergies, but they kicked into overload a couple of days ago and left me scrambling to understand what could possibly be driving them. On my walk home from Shinagawa station today … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on mail order nurseries

It is winter in Tokyo. Warmer and drier than I had expected and the late camellias are still blooming, but the last leaves of a late starting autumn have fallen. The landscape contractors are out in force through the city … Continue reading

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The accidental orchard

The day I took possession of my first house, I went out to a local garden center and bought the only two fruit trees they had left (both were dwarf pears) and a couple of grape vines. I planted the … Continue reading

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