Tag Archives: Friends & Foes

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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Praying Mantis Close Encounters

This week I’ve had two close encounters with praying mantises. The first time, I was out walking the dog at night and spotted one in the middle of the road. Luckily, I saw her before the dog did or I … Continue reading

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