Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out in the park last Saturday. High school students and parents, and Bank of America volunteers accomplished so much. This rainy weather is great for our native plants but unfortunately the weeds are getting a real boost too.
Join us this Saturday, April 23, from 10 – noon to celebrate the opening of the Monarch Butterfly Waystation at the South Pasadena nature park (South Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Woodland and Wildlife Park). Volunteers have been hard at work in the park and there are lots of beautiful flowers, birds, lizards, insects, and of
It was a beautiful day at the nature park. There were lots of butterflies, plants are greening up, and the weeds are making a big come back. In fact, there were more castor bean seedlings than we have seen in years and years. Check out the following pictures for butterfly, plant and weed id.
It is almost the summer solstice but there are still lots of flowers blooming in the nature park. There is a mighty fine display of California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum). Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) is also blooming, a harbinger of lovely red berries in winter. Wild sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are just getting started, standing tall with several blooms per stem.
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
Although Earth Day 2015 does not officially occur until Wednesday, we had a great celebration at the nature park last week. We had a great group of volunteers for these regularly scheduled cleanups on Wednesday and Saturday. I hope you can see what we accomplished from the following pictures. Thanks to Katherine, Michael, David, Rick, Candy,
Yesterday I spent most of the day inside trying, unsuccessfully, to “migrate” from a Windows image database (IMatch) to Lightroom. The reason for the move is that I migrated from Windows to Apple about six months ago. I prefer IMatch as an image database but Lightroom has really nice image editing capabilities, and IMatch is
Although my own garden is not short on weeds – and being on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour this Sunday, it really should be – I spent much of the day bashing, scything, pruning, pulling, wrestling, and cursing the weeds at the nature park. The late rains have brought more wildflowers, lovely clouds,
It has been more than month and a half since I last posted. Though my electronic mouth has been silent – if you don’t count a few murmurs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – much has been happening in the nature park and my own garden. Following the only significant rain of the year, the
The green arrow points to a sagebrush seedling, the progeny of native sagebrush that was planted in the nature park to re-create coastal sage scrub habitat. The rest of the seedlings (red arrows) are non-native weeds that would outgrow this and other native seedlings if left to their own devices. This is why we spend