Lawn out. Wildflowers in.

When you peel off a layer of turf grass, the soil beneath is often compacted, depleted of nutrients and life, and polluted with salts and other chemicals. These chemicals may have accumulated from ongoing applications of fertilizers and pesticides. Or possibly, poor irrigation practices – short, frequent watering periods – that leave behind salts found […]

What’s Blooming?

The South Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Woodland & Wildlife Park (a mouthful for the South Pas Nature Park) is still ablaze with colorful blooms. Here’s a list of what is flowering right now. Did I miss anything? (Picture gallery follows) Blooming Now Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea) Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea) […]

After the flowers

Wildflower season is “past peak” and I’d like to remind you that the glorious, youthful, bright flowers now enter the very important stage of making and dispersing seed. Though my camera is still drawn to brightly colored flowers, I try to point it at the broken stems, brown seed pods, and graying leaves that are […]

Carrizo Plain Wildflower Trip

News reports – international, national and local – of a wildflower superbloom this spring were not overstated. Although we visited the Mojave and Joshua Tree, Anza-Borrego and now Carrizo Plain, I don’t think that we made it to any spot on the “peakest” day. Nevertheless, the wilds of California are always beautiful, and flowers were plentiful. […]