Devil’s Punchbowl hike

We hiked Devil’s Punchbowl trail to Devil’s Chair over Memorial Day weekend. It was a gorgeous spot. And there were a surprising number of wonderful wildflowers and amazing manzanitas. The hike was about 3.7 miles each way and not too steep. Well worth the walk. I’ve included a slideshow below with pictures of some of the

Arroyo Seco Restoration

I am having nature park withdrawal. I have not been there since last Saturday. Nevertheless, it is very much on my mind. Last week I spent two days talking to environmental science students at South Pas High School about the park. Five different classes of students heard and discussed the history and possible future of

Make every drop count

The big news continues to be the ongoing drought in California, which is interesting since we rarely get any rain from April through November. Once we got half way through January we started feeling uncomfortable and things did not improve in February and March. The snow pack is at about 1% of average for this

Tomatoes

I was so proud of the fact that this year I was going to start my tomato plants from seed. I ordered the seed from Tomato Growers Supply Company and I ordered “speedling” transplant trays from Grow Organic. Everything was going oh-so-well until stupidness entered the room. I sowed the seeds right as the weather took a turn

Drought and the garden

The news reports on California’s drought are dire. However, the drought did not happen overnight, we are now in our fourth year of drought. Nevertheless, for years my city, South Pasadena, like many others, did not take a proactive role on water conservation. The lushness of South Pasadena is apparent every time one crosses into the city. Designated

Veggie garden speed post

Wanted to post these pictures real quick-like. I finally got around to starting the tomato seeds that I bought from Tomato Growers Supply Company. I bought: Better Boy, Bush Early Girl, Celebrity, Sioux, Super Sweet 100. I’m not much for heirloom tomatoes. Maybe if I am super successful with these I’ll add some heirloom next

Taking the mystery out of sage

The Native Sage Festival is being held tomorrow, March 28, 2015, at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. I will be giving two short talk-walks (10:30 am and 1 pm) on the horticultural use of native sages. There are so many native sages, including a myriad of cultivars, that one is quickly overwhelmed. However, many of these cultivars are very

Smother it

It is already March and if you have not planted your native plant garden you might want to consider putting it off until next year. Once again this rain year is turning out to be rather disappointing, and it does not look like we will be seeing noticeable amounts this spring. Although the numbers are