Tag: Barb Strona

The Amusing Aspects of Aging

| December 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Amusing Aspects of Aging

People complain about getting older. They hate the way they look, the way they feel, the way they are treated. These are just a few complaints. However, getting old should be fun! Have you ever looked at a rose bud and watched its progression until the petals fall off? Our skin is very similar to […]

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Gardening Challenges That Have Become Fulfilling

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
Gardening Challenges That Have Become Fulfilling

Most of my column’s readers know I have never been a fan of gardening. This stems from my childhood. I loathed sitting at the dinner table, bored to tears, while my parents discussed crab grass and dichondra or bonsai or orchids, depending on which parent had the floor. I still cannot comprehend how they could […]

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Soft Succulents That Are Easy to Handle

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Soft Succulents That Are Easy to Handle

Jeff Moore spoke to the San Diego Horticultural Society about succulents that “do NOT draw blood.” While succulents is not a scientific term, it has come to mean fleshy plants that store moisture. Many of these have such pretty leaves that flowers are unnecessary to enhance your garden. Best of all, Moore says succulents have […]

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Reducing the Risk of Wildfires*

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
Reducing the Risk of Wildfires*

Last January Gary Ferguson spoke of some of the results of wild fires. He covered aspects of its benefits and those of its dangers. We know that today wildfires occur with increasing frequency; they burn hotter and faster; and they are incredibly difficult to contain. The consequences of wild fires are ecologically and economically enormous. […]

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Benefits of Wild Fires

| May 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Going to hear naturalist Gary Ferguson speak on wild fires was difficult for me. I have been terrified of fire since I was five-years old when the kindergarten class, seated in a lotus position on wooden folding chairs so feet wouldn’t bang on the seat’s edge, saw a movie about what not to do to […]

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Designing with Succulents

| January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Designing with Succulents

Debra Lee Baldwin frequently gives talks to garden clubs. Her most recent talk at the San Diego Horticultural Society gave highlights from her latest book, “Designing with Succulents.” Probably the greatest motivation for planting succulents in San Diego County is fire protection. During the wildfires many people said, “Succulents saved our house.” Baldwin showed us […]

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How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

| December 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

When Mission Hills Garden Club met in September, Brijette Romstadt gave us a talk on seeds. Of all the seeds she mentioned, tomatoes interested me most. With the exception of 1972 or 1973, I have found it much cheaper to purchase fancy heirloom tomatoes than to grow them. Nevertheless, despite my vow to never grow […]

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Something Special about Seeds

| November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Something Special about Seeds

The Mission Hills Garden Club met in September (we meet on the odd-numbered months) at the Mission Hills Nursery to hear Brijette Romstedt tell us really interesting facts about seeds. Romstedt believes that seeds provide “a window to the past and a door to the future.” Her company, San Diego Seed Company, is the only […]

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Hunters in the Sky

| October 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Hunters in the Sky

In 2013 I met Nancy Conney, founder and operator of Sky Hunters, a non-profit organization that rescues about 350 harmed raptors a year. Last July she was June’s “make up” speaker to the Mission Hills Garden Club. Conney gave us some background. Of the birds rescued each year, approximately 80 per cent are released to […]

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Succulent Tapestries

| September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Succulent Tapestries

I went with the Mission Hills Garden Club for an entertaining presentation by Laura Eubanks showing how she assembles gardens and is paid for doing so. Eubank’s path is both interesting and amusing. I know she has an incredible innate sense of design as she was completely untrained. Eubank has always loved gardens. With four […]

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