Manzanitas (arctostaphylos) are one of my favorite native plants. Their reddish bark offers a striking contrast to their green leaves, which look healthy even when temps start soaring. Very drought tolerant, they grow well in the West as long as [Read more...]
Nature was very talkative in 2012. May we continue to see her beauty and learn her lessons in 2013. Photos below. [Read more...]
1/8/2012 note: Jennifer Yeatts from Higher Trading Grounds said that organic coffee is almost always shade grown “and shade grown coffee is almost certainly organic. So when you buy organic, you’re supporting biodiversity and birds.”
Yesterday’s LA Times article about China replacing tea plantations with coffee because of the Starbucks and Nestle’s growing need for coffee beans reminded me of the importance of shade-grown coffee. Buying shade-grown coffee is an easy way to support biodiversity.
On one of my walks here in Southern California I pass a house where they’re removing the English Ivy that thickly carpeted the front landscape. I’m not sure what they’re going to replace it with but it has prompted this article on invasive groundcovers, grasses and shrubs [Read more...]
I’ve been fishing up to a dozen bees out of our pool the last few days (about 2/3rd survive if I make my rounds frequently) so I knew something was blooming in the vicinity. Yep, looking nearby, the loquats were in full bloom. I had an earlier post with a 6 month list of plants used by the bees on our half acre of property. Here’s a more complete list [Read more...]
Note: Redlands area residents: Thursday Nov 15 certified arborist Paul Chaney will be speaking to the Redlands Horticulture and Improvement Society’s on ‘The Science of Trees and Proper Tree Care”
We had a garden club meeting in my town (Redlands CA) and were lucky to have as our speaker Bart O’Brien from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) in Claremont. He presented a wonderful talk about California native plants. More importantly, he shared his favorites for our area. These feature good survival rates [Read more...]