Comments for If Nature Could Talk http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com The Science Behind Nature - in Layperson Speak Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:37:38 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Comment on Go Organic — and plant milkweed — to Save Monarchs by Linda Richardshttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/go-organic-and-plant-milkweed-to-save-monarchs#comment-41124 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:37:38 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=3566#comment-41124 Good q – one is the Luca Micaela nursery, which is affiliated with Butterfly farms in Vista, CA – they grow at least 7 types of organic milkweed, both native and tropical – http://landmnursery.com/about-us
I’ve also gotten it from Las Pilitas (all native Western varieties) in Escondido. and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden but best to call ahead to make sure they have it – RSABG’s email is gnnclaremont@rsabg.org.

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Comment on Go Organic — and plant milkweed — to Save Monarchs by Sally Clugstonhttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/go-organic-and-plant-milkweed-to-save-monarchs#comment-40954 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:54:16 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=3566#comment-40954 Good morning.
Where can I buy organic milkweed plants? I can find organic milkweek seeds; however I read
if you plant seeds it takes about 3 years to get blooms.
Sincerely,
Sally

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Comment on Love in Lizard Land by Linda Richardshttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/love-in-lizard-land#comment-40727 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:45:07 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=5371#comment-40727 thx, nice story. Fisher didn’t mention them eating ants but that would be great… – will check…

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Comment on Love in Lizard Land by Candacehttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/love-in-lizard-land#comment-40720 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:46:27 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=5371#comment-40720 This week in Redlands I noticed a black lizard had gotten its body stuck head first in a bottom hole of an upside down plastic planter. It took two of us to gently wriggle it out, compressing the tail legs enough to coax its body through head first. That lizard stayed still on our porch much of the day, behind a flat dish of water I put out in the corner, eventually moving to within sight to bask hours in the sun. And I think I saw it this morning on an outside wall—and unusually, the lizard didn’t move as I approached. Of course, I like to think that’s because we’re friends now. BTW, since we’ve had many more lizards on the property, we haven’t had a bit of an ant problem.

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Comment on Taking Care of Our California Native Oaks by Linda Richardshttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/taking-care-of-our-california-native-oaks#comment-38308 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 18:13:16 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=2294#comment-38308 I’m not an expert so best to talk to an arborist. Some thoughts: Oaks vary in how much they shed (Englemann’s replace their leaves, our neighbor’s mature oak – not sure what type, is shedding quite a bit right now but there are plenty of green leaves.) Activities around an oak can damage the roots, and horses’ manure would be an amendment that oaks should not have – so have they removed all the manure – if not they should…. After that some good watering since we haven’t had all that much rainfall – maybe you can water it on your side?

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Comment on Taking Care of Our California Native Oaks by Dave Detwilerhttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/taking-care-of-our-california-native-oaks#comment-38306 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 16:08:38 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=2294#comment-38306 I have lived in a rural community for 12 years in Southern California and love the 40 ft oak tree that sits between my neighbors house and mine on their property. Earlier last year the neighbors trimmed larger branches near the house and the tree seems to have an an uneven canopy. Last September the neighbors decided to rescue a horse and house it in a pen 15′ square with the trunk of the oak in the center. The horse lived under that oak tree for about six weeks until animal control came. Now, starting in mid February, the tree seems to be losing an extremely large amount of leaves while trying to grow new growth. Is this normal?

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Comment on Carpenter Bees: Reconsider Viewing Them as Pests by Linda Richardshttp://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/carpenter-bees-reconsider-viewing-them-as-pests#comment-38263 Sun, 08 Mar 2015 01:12:46 +0000 http://ifnaturecouldtalk.com/?p=1258#comment-38263 I’m allergic to bee stings too and have never had trouble with any bees. Carpenter bees may nest together but they’re solitary – so won’t swarm. I would enjoy them- they’ll move on…don’t know if they reuse the nest site, it would be a new population so perhaps not…

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