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Tag: Barb Strona

Looking on the Bright Side

| May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments
Looking on the Bright Side

Because of COVID-19, the Mission Hills Garden Club will not be meeting until further notice.  I shall continue writing about whatever strikes my fancy or seems reasonable, as always. Today I want to talk about opportunities self-quarantine is giving us.  We have heard about what to do to slow the course of the corona virus.  […]

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My Cats and the Escape Artist

| March 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
My Cats and the Escape Artist

We have two cats, Lord Harry S. Plushbottom, an 18-pound ragdoll who goes by “Harry,” and a nine pound black cat, Cayman Last, known as Cayman.  (My daughter’s last name is Last and should Cayman outlive us, he will become a member of the Last family.)  Harry is gentle, slow moving, and is content with […]

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Attracting Backyard Birds with Mike Matherly

| February 1, 2020 | 0 Comments
Attracting Backyard Birds with Mike Matherly

At its first meeting in 2020, Mission Hills Garden Club was entertained and educated about what we could do to encourage birds to visit our yards.  A long-time member of the Audubon Society, Mike Matherly is well versed about birds.  As he took us through his slide show, he knew what species was singing in […]

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Another Aspect of Aging: Lessons learned in My 80th Year

| January 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
Another Aspect of Aging:  Lessons learned in My 80th Year

A year ago, I wrote an article about how much fun and how interesting it is to grow old. I still believe that, but I have learned that the veracity of that statement tempers as time goes on. My current belief is that as long as the body cooperates, the sky is the limit. Sadly, […]

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Gardens Revitalized

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
Gardens Revitalized

In September the Garden Club presented Steven Harbour who treated us to some terrific ideas for coping with our water situation.  Harbour has spent the past 35 years plus in one form or another of the nursery business.  A friend bequeathed his “yard boy” customers to Harbour when he was only a kid.  This was […]

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Controversial Eucalyptus

| November 3, 2019 | 0 Comments
Controversial Eucalyptus

In front of my property on the city’s land stands an enormous eucalyptus tree.  It has been lauded by all and has been designated a community asset.  It is truly beautiful with its lofty branches, its variegated colored bark, its leaves and pods.  It shades our house, and it provides entertainment.  Unkempt fledgling hawks and […]

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Setting Up and Maintaining a Native Garden (Part Two)

| July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments
Setting Up and Maintaining a Native Garden (Part Two)

Last month I gave you a synopsis of Greg Rubin’s basic explanation of the ecology of a native garden.  The remainder of Rubin’s talk dealt with how to keep your garden looking healthy and vigorous all year.  Rubin thinks 75 percent of your landscape should be ever green.  Manzanita, Penstemon, as well as citrus and […]

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Ecologically Speaking with Greg Rubin

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Ecologically Speaking with Greg Rubin

Reluctantly I went to the Garden Club meeting since I’d heard the speaker before.  Was I in for a pleasant surprise!  I learned more in that meeting than I can possibly relay.  However, I will point out the highlights.  Greg Rubin, a former aerospace engineer, is an award-winning landscape contractor.  In the past 23 years […]

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A Reading Addict

| March 8, 2019 | 0 Comments
A Reading Addict

I have an addictive psyche. I am addicted to overeating and buying shoes, but I am not addicted to alcohol or coffee or sodas. At times I have mastered food and shoes, but not my earliest addiction: reading. Long before I could read, I took a book with me wherever I went. Our bathroom had […]

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For the Love of Plants

| January 7, 2019 | 0 Comments
For the Love of Plants

October’s Garden Club meeting featured a past president of San Diego Horticultural Society and our own garden club, Jim Bishop. He introduced himself as a plant-a-holic. He explained his first slide by saying he always loved to dig. There was Bishop, maybe two years old, shovel in hand at the beach in Panama City, Florida. […]

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