We don’t have nearly enough lizards.Read more "Rewilding"
We’ve had a good start to the rainy season, and the next few days will be warm and sunny, so we can expect the yard to be completely covered in oxalis soon. I’ve already been out there attacking this pesky plant, but the war always ends up a stalemate at best, or a quagmire at […]Read more "Cue the oxalis"
I’m getting ready for the front yard picket fence to go in, and that means some of the plants are going to have to move. We had several box hedges along the sidewalk, which weren’t doing all that hot anyway, and there are two largish grass plants and some day lilies. We’ve generally favored plants […]Read more "Flora migration"
I would prefer that the weekend not be constrained to the standard 48 hour limit. Who do I talk to about that? This weekend was particularly good, due to the summer-like vibe. Lots of people out and about, enjoying the lovely weather. I saw many of them passing by the house with their domesticated wolves, […]Read more "going with the flow"
The neighborhood has a lot of ravens, and on Friday evening an ‘unkindness’ of them settled on one of our trees. Nobody is really sure why, but the raven population in the Bay Area has grown dramatically in recent years. A bird guy says that they are “open-program” animals, and figure out how to adapt […]Read more "crowhaven"
Being the official state flower and everything, the California Poppy has no problem naturalizing the heck out of our front yard. Seems to like it here, with the blazing sun, limited water, and poor, disturbed soil favored by this species.Read more "right at home"
The “Julia Phelps” Ceanothus is an amazing cobalt blue and full of bees, and kitty is out tending the young catmint plants.Read more "signs of spring"
I was making a phone call from the landing at the top of the stairs on the third floor in my building, and while on hold I had the opportunity to closely examine the landscaping below. Check out those three large sage plants. They’re sending out some new flowering stems, but just towards the wall […]Read more "plants are weird"
Even though we’re continuing to see a little rain every few days, the native grasses are starting to turn golden brown. Maybe they change based on the warmer days or longer daylight. Apparently the amount of water they’re getting doesn’t make a difference. They’re saying, Hey, it’s going to be summer soon, I’m turning brown. […]Read more "the grass is not always greener"
The sage in front of the house was absolutely flattened in yesterday’s deluge. But it’s starting to bounce back today as the atmosphere starts to dry out. But it was not a pretty sight this morning. All the other plants made it through the wind and rain OK, which was a bit surprising, given how […]Read more "on the rebound"