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Scott Dee

A nature and garden blogger with a love for the desert!
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Six on Saturday – 30 Jan, 2021

A small rainstorm out over the ocean off Los Angeles

A Six on Saturday post wrapping up the end of January. New LED lights for the indoor plants, growth on a moss log, extreme weather, and more!

Climate Since Covid

A thick layer of tan smog hangs at the height of the mountains over Los Angeles.

Only time will tell what the final effects of the COVID shutdowns are on the environment. During the height of the lockdown, air quality improved almost immediately. NO2 and CO2 (from fossil fuels) both decreased. This effect was noticed most heavily in major cities, though arguably the whole world benefitted. Fine particulate matter, PM2.5, similarly dropped.

Air Purifying Plants

Two chrysanthemums growing in soft window light, full of blooms

Plants are natural air purifiers. We put out a heck of a lot of carbon, and all plants will help reduce that to some degree. The only issue is that carbon isn’t the only thing we’re putting into the atmosphere. Our atmosphere indoors, where we’re spending so much time, is incredibly important. We put out a few other notable bad chemicals in the course of daily living – ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Check here for some plants that can clean your air!

The GLOW Fades

After a couple months of GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden, it’s time to look back at the light and the music. (For those who didn’t attend – it’s a walking / music / plant / light show with a water theme)

Joshua Tree: After Hours

A familiar scene at Joshua Tree National Park

I recently headed over to Joshua Tree, hoping to catch some stars or some snow. Neither of my hopes came true. The sky stayed overcast the whole evening, and the ground dry. And it was perfect and still and I loved every minute.

garden ruminations

ruminate vb. to chew (the cud)

Seeds & Stones

A Life Home Grown

Palos Verdes-South Bay Sierra Club

Serving Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, San Pedro, Torrance and Wilmington.

joyful2beeblogs

Stories about life; past, and present

Paddy Tobin, An Irish Gardener

Our garden, gardens visited, occasional thoughts and book reviews

Better Barefoot

Im Bianca! Come hiking with me!

My Secret Garden

Everything I know about gardening I've learnt from a combination of my mum, Carol Klein and Monty Don. My garden is a tiny 2x3m yard requiring a lot of TLC...

Green Girl Gardener

musings and ramblings on the life and gardening exploits of a suburban 40 something!

Well-Grown Home

Making your home vivacious.

Pusang Gala

Travels And In-Betweens