Category Archives: Uncategorized

Don’t Wait. Plant Now.

If the cooler weather and turning leaves haven’t alerted you, the calendar can’t lie. Tomorrow is the first day of autumn. Can our first frost be far behind? It’s tempting to let the change of seasons put a stop to … Continue reading

Posted in Gardening, Landscaping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Roses are Red

Color. It’s probably the primary reason we grow flowers. Yellow daffodils and red roses, irises in every color of the rainbow. Without flowers, our yards would be much more subdued. Gardeners rejoice in the options available, but why do flowers … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Checklist Changes

Many serious birders keep a life list of the bird species they’ve seen. We can tell you exactly how many birds are on that list, and there’s great excitement when we can add a new “lifer.” We may also have … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, ornithology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Garden Hopping

As an enthusiastic gardener, I spend a lot of time in my yard, but it’s always a treat to visit other gardens. Just as sandwiches always taste better if I don’t have to make them, a garden I haven’t tended … Continue reading

Posted in Gardens, Landscaping, Uncategorized, Xeriscape | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Head Bangers

Last year, our son-in-law, Ian, fell when the ladder he was using collapsed out from under him. Given that his head had been more or less at the same level as the eaves of their single story house, it had … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Scrub-Jay Split

In case you haven’t heard, we have a new bird on the block. Last summer the familiar Western-Scrub Jay was split into two species—the California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) and the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii).

Posted in Birding Tips, Birds, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uncovering New Growth

The forecast for today is a high of 73, with sunshine and balmy breezes. Yesterday reached the 70s too. After weeks of cold and wind, the desire to be outside is overwhelming. So what can we do in the garden … Continue reading

Posted in Gardening, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment