Age Happens

News flash – I’m not as young as I used to be! Today I finally had a chance to work in the garden. I cleaned off the deck that my husband is working hard to dismantle. Yup, moving pots, clearing up garden debris, digging and turning the compost pile, weeding, snipping and otherwise puttering around […]

Native Grasses, Sedges and Rush for the Garden, Part VI

And finally, the last of this series on native grasses and grass-like plants for the garden. I am hoping to add more in the future, including blue-eyed grass, bulbs, and other true grasses such as melic grass (Melica imperfecta), giant needlegrass (Achnatherum coronatum, and cane bluestem (Bothriochloa barbinodis). Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis ) is […]

Garden Textures

The parkway garden continues to wind down. Now the long graceful flowering stems of the grasses take the limelight. After walking Milo this morning I just had to run inside and get my camera to capture the look. It was overcast from the marine layer, so I knew the grasses would show up well. Mom […]


From Wild Suburbia While Milo slept – I know he looks like he’s dead, but not so – I was busy taking pictures of bugs in my yard. I’m pretty sure this is a white lined sphinx moth caterpillar munching on California fuchsia (Epilobium sp.) From Wild Suburbia Second of 3 succulent caterpillars (white lined […]

And more flowers!

From Wild Suburbia The Fremontodendron ‘California Glory’ that I planted in my backyard in the winter of 2007/08 have grown quite a bit. April 6, 2008 From Wild Suburbia April 12, 2009 From Wild Suburbia Unfortunately, something that grows that fast can sometimes disappear even faster. This plant is notorious for its “sudden death,” especially […]