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Becoming a crazy bird lady

Mar 27, 2015
Becoming a crazy bird lady

The sun is shining on a chilly spring day. A breeze cuts through tall grasses as 15-year-old me tromps through the wetlands on a school field trip. I am utterly miserable. We're searching for birds--the kind our sophomore biology teacher is requiring u...

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The Blue Muse
Becoming a crazy bird lady

Mar 27, 2015
Becoming a crazy bird lady

The sun is shining on a chilly spring day. A breeze cuts through tall grasses as 15-year-old me tromps through the wetlands on a school field trip. I am utterly miserable. We're searching for birds--the kind our sophomore biology teacher is requiring u...

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Bamboo and More
Snaps from snazzy La Jolla

Snaps from snazzy La Jolla

One of the wealthiest beachside communities in California, La Jolla is so precious, it has the perfect name: La Jolla (pronounced “hoya”) means “jewel” in Spanish. It is home to several world-renowned organizations such as the Salk Institute, the University of California San Diego, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Scripps Research...

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Everything’s more exotic in San Diego

Everything’s more exotic in San Diego

This is my first visit to San Diego. While the general layout of the city—and of course specific places and buildings—are unfamiliar to me, I don’t feel like a complete stranger. After a couple of days I think I know why. San Diego feels like an amalgam of cities I do know: a little...

Sweetstuff's Sassy Succulents
Tillandsias

Tillandsias

Let's learn about some unusual plants called Tillandsia or Air plants.  They are epiphytes.  Epiphytes are plants that grow harmlessly on other plants. They take in all their moisture and nutrients through their leaves.   Other epiphytes are orchids, mosses and bromeliads.  But we will be discussing the genus Tillandsia.

Bamboo and More
Agave attenuata at every street corner

Agave attenuata at every street corner

Agave attenuata drives me crazy. In Davis, it requires constant pampering. In the winter it needs to be protected when temperatures get close to freezing, otherwise it will turn into a brown mush. In the summer it needs to be kept out of the hot sun, otherwise it will scorch.

And...

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Motels: What a difference plants make

Mar 22, 2015
Motels: What a difference plants make

I’ve stayed in a lot of motels and hotels over the years. If somebody else picks up the tab, I don’t say no to $$$ places, but in general I opt for a reasonable balance between comfort and price. Typically I know what to do expect and am rarely surprised. But today I...

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2015 Spring break trip to San Diego

Index of all posts from my March 2015 trip to Southern California. Motels: What a difference plants make (Carpinteria, March 22, 2015) Agave attenuata on every street corner (Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, March 23, 2015)

The Natomas Farm
….the pigs love the attention of our tours

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Mar 18, 2015
….the pigs love the attention of our tours

There are not many farms that a family can visit here in the Sacramento County area. There were a few farms that allowed tours...but have since stopped doing that. Farmer Deno is a firm believer that all kids should spend a little time exploring the wo...

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Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2015

Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2015

“A day late, a dollar short,” is that how the saying goes? I guess I’m three dollars short then since the official Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is the 15th of each month.

Personally, I prefer the saying “Better later than never.” In that spirit, here’s what blooming in my garden right...

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