Sacramento Connect: Best of Blogs

Published: Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 11CALIFORNIA LIFE

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings: sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com.

• Davis gardener Gerhard Bock, author of "Bamboo, Succulents and More," finds something that grows very well during Sacramento Valley winters – aeoniums:

"In October, I turned a neglected planting strip in the backyard into another succulent bed. Although there are a few echeverias, two agaves and a Kalanchoe beharensis, the strip is dominated by aeoniums.

"I'm still amazed by the rate of growth. … Since aeoniums are winter growers and go dormant in the summer, I expect their growth to slow down the closer we get to summer (mid- to late May in our neck of the woods). But fast forward to this time next year; I wonder if the entire planting strip will be an aeonium jungle?"

Read more (and see before and after photos) at: www.bambooandmore.info

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