Medicinal and Edible California Natives

Medicinal and Edible California Natives

My husband and I often test berries from native plants that we know are safe, especially after seeing birds and other wildlife eat them. Some of the past grazings have included native currant berries or hollyleaf cherry berries – both bright red and pretty good tasting. Sometimes it’s non-natives, such as strawberries from a neighbor’s 40 feet row of strawberry trees (the Arbutus unedo version have the best fruit), although the plan backfired a bit when our 3 year old granddaughter threw herself into the fun with a little too much gusto, and threw up after eating about a dozen of them.

A couple weeks ago I attended a very interesting walk at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG), led by William Broen, an ethnobotanist who has studied medicinal, edible [Read more…]

Wake Up! Nature is Calling for Our Attention

Wake Up! Nature is Calling for Our Attention

Once in awhile, I can’t ignore writing about significant news about our Earth’s woes, which are caused by we humans. The occasion is yesterday’s publication of a article Approaching a State Shift in Earth’s Biosphere  in the journal Nature.

June 7, 2012

Before you stop reading, I do include some positive ways to help below…

The report’s 22  scientists [Read more…]

Great hikes:  Desert Wildflowers (& why to support conservation efforts)

Great hikes: Desert Wildflowers (& why to support conservation efforts)

Wow. Yesterday I wanted to go for a hike and headed to the Whitewater Preserve close to Palm Springs. The Whitewater River flows into dammed pools of water, which became a trout fishery for many years, but no hiking into the canyon was permitted. That is, until the Wildands Conservancy was able to buy it, saving it from becoming a housing development. The Pacific Crest Trail weaves through it and I hiked a portion of it yesterday – with no expectations of the beautiful scenery and wildflowers galore.  [Read more…]