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Fionuala Campion

Fionuala has loved the outdoors her whole life, with her passion for gardening beginning while playing and growing in the childhood gardens of her native Ireland. After moving to California over 30 years ago, she is the owner/manager of Cottage Gardens of Petaluma, a specialty nursery in NorCal. From this platform she shares her love of growing plants and transforming landscapes, while continuing to design and maintain gardens for clients.  Having raised four kids with an appreciation for nature and the outdoors, and successfully sent them on their way with remarkable weeding skills, Fionuala now lives in the countryside of Petaluma with her dogs, hens, ducks and heritage hogs.

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    Grow Your Own Pizza Toppings

    Late-summer harvests of juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs, delicious red peppers, and leafy greens inspire tasty suppers. And putting together a pizza topped with your very own, fresh-from-the-garden summer veggies is…

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    Shrubby Plants for Tight Spots in Northern California

    Gardening in a smaller space can be a challenge, especially if you've recently downsized and are more accustomed to working with larger landscapes and the full-sized perennials, vines, and shrubs…

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    Spectacular Self-Sowing Annuals for Northern California

    Annual flowering plants grow vigorously and bloom profusely during their growing season. They fill in the gaps between your perennials, adding color, texture, and lush beauty. They may also provide…

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    Northern California May Garden To-Do List

    What to do in the ornamental garden Go on pest patrol. By regularly inspecting your rose bushes for pests and diseases and eliminating problems early on, you'll enjoy strong, healthy…

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    Four Fragrant Favorites for Northern California

    For the plant lover, fragrance enhances the gardening experience, adding an almost magical layer to the beauty of a plant and an intangible dimension to the garden's design. Fragrance can…

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    April Garden To-Do List for Northern California

    The true gardening year begins in earnest for most Northern California gardeners this month. The danger of frost is minimal, the air temperatures are reliably higher, and the soil is…

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    Growing Clematis in Northern California

    Known as the “queen of climbers,” clematis (Clematis spp., and cvs., Zones 4–11) are long-lived perennial vines of amazing diversity, available in a wide range of heights, growth habits, bloom…

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    March Garden To-Do List for Northern California

    The weather remains unpredictable in March in Northern California, with heat waves, frosty nights, downpours, and droughts all distinct possibilities. More often than not, this month delivers a mix of…

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    Spectacular Sweet Peas for Northern California

    Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are annual, cool-season climbing vines that can reach up to 6 feet in height. They are adored for their deliciously fragrant, fluttery blooms that after centuries…

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    Creating a Hummingbird Haven in Northern California

    Did you know hummingbirds can fly 40 miles per hour? Tiny, beautiful, and the only bird that can fly backward, the hummingbird is the smallest migrating bird. During its eight-year…