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Honey Bee Swarms Begin in Sacramento Region

Beginning in spring each year we receive calls from concerned customers and the public regarding honey bee swarms.  Most of these callers fear the swarms and want us to erradicate them.  If you come accross a swarm, such as the one shown here, don’t be alarmed.  It’s only moving day for a colony of Honey Bees.  When a hive becomes too large the queen lays eggs in special brood cells and workers begin feeding the new larvae a special, pollen rich food,  called Royal Jelly.  This causes them to grow into new queens.  One of these queens will become the new mother of the colony.  The old queen will leave the colony, with thousands to tens of thousands of workers, and move to a new location to start a new hive.  Prior to departure scout bees will look at a number of potential new hive sites.

Land Park Gardens Shine For 2011 Garden Tour

Land Park Gardens Shine For 2011 Garden Tour

The 13th annual Land Park Garden and Tea Tour will showcase seven residential gardens in the Land Park neighborhood this Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, wins national Designer Color Challenge

Local interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, wins national Designer Color Challenge

SACRAMENTO - Kerrie Kelly, a popular Sacramento interior designer, author and educator has been selected the winner of the exterior color palette in the California Paints 2011 Designer Color Challenge.

Gallery showcase: The Ayana Bath Caddy

Gallery showcase: The Ayana Bath Caddy

Our friend Ms Lady Goats has done it again!  She literally built this fine friend the day it posted!  I adore the color, and I’m pretty fond of the final use for it, that she settled on…


What would you use it for?


I was thinking this would be fabulous for my own personal needs to make it a tad wider and use it for filing and paper!


Free DIY Furniture Plans for this unit can be found here…and to read about her build, visit her here~


Roses in the Sacramento Valley - Part 1

Roses in the Sacramento Valley - Part 1
My dad was a backyard farmer, as was his father before him and my Irish great-grandfather before him (although he had an actual farm!). I remember my grampa’s deep, narrow lot in San Francisco where he grew corn. My dad grew asparagus and planted fruit trees and vegetables in Southern California, my mom canned. My brother and I sold avocados door to door. Small wonder I fancy gardening. It’s my heritage. Read more.

Free real estate mobile app launched

Cheri Elliott, one of America’s most legendary cyclist and locally well known as “The Broker on a Bike,” announced the launch of her free real estate mobile app.

The app uses GPS, when available, to locate the user and instantly display real estate listings in the immediate area. No more having to pull flyers.  You can see and save all the listings details and photos on the spot. Users can also search by address, city or zip code to see property details for all homes for sale in a specified area, including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, features, maps, pictures and more. The “Refine Search” feature lets users select a price range, property type and the number of beds and baths to help them find just what they’re looking for. 

It works on standard cell phones, smartphones, and iPhones/iPads across all mobile carriers.   Cheri explains, “This tool is extremely powerful.