I’ve been besieged with a lot of email petitions recently about a pesticide called neonicotinoids (neonics for short), found in some plants sold by nurseries, which has been shown to kill bees, butterflies and other pollinators – so the word is definitely out. When pollinators visit the flowers or caterpillars eat the leaves of the pre-treated plant, they die. There’s a concern to humans too, as herbs also are being sprayed (see example below). So what can we do? I received info from the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) in Seattle WA, regarding questions people should ask their nurseries.
I haven’t been able to finish some articles I’ve started (sometimes work gets in the way …) but I’ve been blessed with wonderful moments in nature the last several months – so here they are along with short explanations. [Read more...]
If you’re looking for a trail with relatively flat terrain for walking, horseback-riding, or cycling, which offers a high chance of seeing wildlife along its creek or emerging from the hills, San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary might be your place. This undiscovered place in Redlands CA also offers a lot of solitude. [Read more...]
Flannel bush (Fremontodendron) or fremontia is another favorite California native plant. And with its distaste for summer water once it’s established, fremontia is a perfect solution for the drought times we seem to be going through here in the Southwest. Here is more info about this beautiful native. [Read more...]
On Sunday we went to one of our favorite spots, Oak Glen Preserve, up in Oak Glen CA, which I wrote up here last fall.
It’s wonderful in fall, and equally wonderful in spring — or any season you visit. Some photos are below. The ceanothus was alive with native bees, the acorn woodpeckers that were so busy gathering acorns last fall seemed to be bickering over nesting territory [Read more...]
We have a mulberry tree growing outside our property in the back alley, and a lot of wildlife scat hinted that we weren’t the only critters eating the fruit. So we put the camera up last night and here is what’s also enjoying the mulberries, which are so plentiful they drop to the ground. We’re so glad we live along a wildlife corridor. [Read more...]