Tmouse provided many great informational posts, too many to list. Here are just a few...
- Is it time to water? Use your moisture meter! - Tip I most wish I had paid attention to: "Make holes with a stick to avoid breaking the meter."
- Native, Exotic, Invasive, Say what?
- Myth Buster: California Natives Don't Need Water
- Myth Buster: Get Natives Because: - IMO the most pervasive myth, resulting in a lot of scruffy gardens that give natives a bad name is: "Natives belong here so they won't need any care.")
- Native or Naturalized - Being a dialog between T and her imaginary friend Pet Rat.
- Lawn Reform - Including TMouse's before and after pictures of her back yard remodel
- Blog Action Day: Earth-Friendly Gardening Practices.
- Book Review: Designing California Native Gardens. Just one of many great reviews.
My little water garden - I so admire how Town Mouse experiments with different habitats such as water plants and shade containers.
You can't miss TMouse's great five part series on the great front garden remodel. You'll learn a lot and be entertained too.
- The Great Front Garden Remodel: Before
- GFGR Part 2: Plan
- GFGR Part 3: Trees and Shrubs
- GFGR Part 4: salvias, buckwheats and a few odds and ends
- GFGR: Small Perennials and Friends
- GFGR Revisited.
Here's her great post about improving an ugly side yard area by adding some beautiful pots for shade plants - Before: scary. After: you decide. (We decided it was lovely!)
Town Mouse's beautiful native garden is a big hit on the Going Native garden tour. Here's her blog post on the event this year: Going Native Garden Tour: Mission Accomplished. Her garden is an inspiration to hundreds of visitors each year.
And then there was Sal the Salamander, and how the fate of one poor damaged critter touched us all - Salamander Rescue Society and Salamander Rescue Society - Sad News (and a wonderful poem by Mary Oliver).
TMouse shares photos from her many expeditions to places where California natives abound.
- One of my favorites is of a place not too far from her home: Wildflowers of Russian Ridge. Carpets of wild flowers! And just a few miles off the 280 freeway!
- Then there was one on a wonderful wildflower trip us meese tood in May: Memories of a Grand Wildflower Day Out.
- Very touching is Tassajara fire, a year later - showing regeneration after one of our California wild fires that nearly razed the wonderful Buddhist monastery and hot springs.
- And don't miss Reminiscing, with amazing pictures of flowers from Yosemite. Tmouse and Mr Mouse sure get out and about more than us country folk.
All these posts are entertaining but I just loved this one. Assuming the voice of her garden, TMouse speaks out in MeMeMeme: The TMouse Garden Speaks. She was tagged as a favorite commenter and invited to participate in this activity, supposedly to talk about yourself - but she did it with a twist.
One of the things I admire most about Town Mouse is that she holds strong opinions and voices them (whereas I tend to waffle a lot). Here's a post that hit a nerve with fellow bloggers: Hey Google, what's with the ads?
Another post on a controversial topic was To Photoshop or not to Photoshop?
Then there was the "book review review" - on the "low maintenance garden" topic, (Low) Maintenance. That promoted interesting discussion.
Other TMouse Posts I enjoyed
I enjoy town mouse's dialogs with M.r Mouse, as in The TMouse CMouse Excellent Adventure: SF Flower and Garden Show - we had a good time and both blogged about all we did and all we saw at the show.
Photography competitions - we've entered a few. I really liked TMouse's End of the Line photo of washing hanging on the line - promoting the ecosensible lifestyle, with wit.
In December TMouse had the idea we could do a shared post. We gave our differing perspectives on Toyon in Native plant of the month: Toyon.
That's a good way to end - a shared post on our shared blog. Thank you, Town Mouse, for all the great posts you wrote this year, promoting gardening with natives, wildlife gardening, and eco-sensibility. Here's to a productive and fun 2010!