Tag Archives: Friends & Foes

Super Bloom, the Prequel, 2016 (Death Valley Edition)

Two years in a row, two different deserts in California, two “super blooms.” This year (2017) we visited Anza Borrego State Park, located in the Colorado Desert of California (is that like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim?). We were … Continue reading

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Strangler Fig, Part Dos*

You might have seen my earlier post about Strangler Figs. When I traveled to Belize this spring, I got a chance to see those strangler figs in action! Deep in the jungle, among the Mayan ruins, are many trees slowly … Continue reading

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Flora & Fauna in Belize

Well, I was lucky enough to enjoy a fantastic vacation in Belize a few weeks ago (which helps to explain the long period of time between my posts). It was much too short, but otherwise perfect. Of course, I can’t … Continue reading

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Goat Love

In Southern California, April is the month when I am woken up nearly every morning by the buzzing of a relentless swarm of weed whackers. I am lucky enough to live in a hilly neighborhood with great views (and great … Continue reading

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An Obscene Mushroom Appears

This mushroom (two of them) popped up in a client’s garden last week. It was quite startling to see it. I reached down to pluck it out of the ground with a bare hand and I got slimed. I happen … Continue reading

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Penelope

Penelope is my friend’s pygmy goat. I cannot stand how cute and friendly she is! She lives with a horse, four chickens, a cat and two humans about 10 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. She seems pretty happy with … Continue reading

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What is Downy Mildew?

If you’re a grower of grapes, hops or cucurbits (cucumbers and the like), it is a dreaded fungal disease. If you listened to what was once called “college radio” in the early 90’s, it was a great band with an … Continue reading

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