My wife and I are moving from Olympia, Washington, to Sacramento,
California, in September for a new job. In the Olympia area, we have
fairly mild temperatures since we are at sea level and a lot of rain.
So everything stays green (WA is called the Evergreen State). In
contrast, I heard that Sacramento is quite dry and gets very hot in the
summer. Besides cacti, what do you have in your gardens? Is there
strict rationing of water during the warmer months? We like to take
care of our garden in Washington. But we are wondering if it would be
better to live in a condo in Sacramento or a residential community where
garden maintenance is provided. Thanks for any information.
Gardening in Sacto is a pleasure. Yes, it is really different from
and it IS hot and dry. No rain here in summer, temps now are high 80s
day and high 50s night. You will have some marine air and breezes that
keep it cooler in summer at times. There is a great combination of
enough and hot enough to give you a tremendous variety of plants to
No we are not restricted to cacti! LOL Fruits that need some winter
chill do well, and shrubs and perennials that need heat thrive.
if you do like succulents there is a fantastic variety of those that
never imagined....shapes and colors! ) Most plants grow rapidly and
large in Sac. It will almost certainly seem to be a very alien place
compare to WA, hills will be brown in summer, no rain, no snow
(but plenty to the east in the Sierra)
Are you familiar with Sunset Western Garden Book? If not see if
you can locate a copy and read what they have to say, then browse
thru the book and find all the plants you can grow in Sunset zone 14!
Definitely if you like to garden you will need your own space. You
can garden all year if you like. Winter rains are variable: sometimes
quite a lot and other years not a lot. I am not aware of any water
restrictions in many years. Yes, there are HOT spells, not too long.
I live about 80 miles north of Sacto where we have usually a little
hotter summers and a little colder winters. I love it: gardenias are
blooming, oleander, daylilies, roses, bottlebrush, ferns, tomatoes
are almost ready, ferns, callas; azaleas and camellias in spring;
the list goes on and on. Welcome.
You will Emily said the temps NOW, at the end of May in a cool year, are
in the high 80's. AC is what makes this all work. You will see lots of
100 F days in Sacramento. However, it is fairly dry heat. It's not a
desert. Rice farming is done just to the north. Water is abundant as the
Sacramento River is near by. Southern California gets most of their
water, these days from the Sacramento River and then it goes by canal
and pumping stations to semi-desert of southern California. You know
when it's winter in southern California, when you get a light rain. Sort
of like what mid-westerners see in July. 2" or more and they can't
handle the run-off. You know it's spring when the tumble weed are in
bloom. The rest of the year is summer. At least here in northern
California we have 2 distinct seasons. Up in the mountains, you get all
4 but they are of equal duration.
Emilie must live near Redding, which can get pretty hot but there the
Central Valley narrows down and if you go up in the hill you can find
something that will appeal to most anyone and a lot of what we call
wilderness. Not far is Chico, home of Sierra Nevada Brewery, a very good
beer in all its' incarnations. There is also the University of
California at Chico (Chico State).
In Sacramento, you are about 90 min. from San Francisco and about 2
hours from Tahoe. Stay out of South Sacramento though, unless you are
wearing the homies colors. You can get seriously shot.
It is odd. Here in Sonoma County, among the pastorial vineyards, there
are more gang members (mostly rasa) per capita than in Los Angles.If it
makes you feel better, the crime is mostly gang on gang.
But I digress . . .
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Actually I am in Chico. Yes, Chico gets days over 100; Redding is
and being in a 'basin' the nights are hotter, too. Chico nights are
always cool. Sac gets 'Delta' air, marine influence, which brings
air, but also more humidity. A mixed blessing.
Hurrah for Sierra Nevada, a real all American success story, and good
too. I was just a Chico State yesterday to see the Corpse Flower
in bloom. Beautiful campus with a creek running thru it. Magnificent
Emilie in sunny Chico
Sorry about your ten days of Gloom :^)
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