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Butterfly Garden Tips

Large patches of the same flower are best.

National Pollinator Week is June 18 to 24,, 2018. What better way to celebrate and support the importance of pollinators than to plant a pollinator garden?   Even a few plants can help support pollinators such as butterflies, beetles, and...

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Black Soldier Flies: Mostly Beneficial

Black Soldier Fly  Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Two years ago, overwhelmed by carpets of wormy, windfall apples I resorted to tossing them into a large plastic stock tank that had numerous holes in its sides, remnants of its original purpose - a crawdad washing device. However, after a couple of...

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:31 AM

A Wild Rambler

'Dr. Huey' Rambler Rose

It's rose season in the Owens Valley. Every yard in my neighborhood is full of blooms. Among all the cheery white, pink, yellow and red blossoms atop nice straight stems you can often find our most common cultivar of rose, 'Dr. Huey,' arching its long,...

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Remembrance Poppies - Papaver rhoeas

Flanders poppies in the wild

How red poppies became associated with fallen soldiers: John McCrae was born in Canada in 1872 and was a successful poet, physician, artist, and author. He served in the Boar War (1899-1902) and quickly became disillusioned about the cost of war in...

Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 3:29 PM

A Field Trip to Hawaii?

Shrubby Bonsai

On a recent trip to Hawaii I discovered a bonsai nursery that was off- the- beaten path, not a tourist destination, and free. The Fuku-Bonsai cultural center and Hawaii state repository has been in business since 1962 but unfortunately lost $30 million...

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 9:25 AM

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