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Locations

Joshua Tree and South Coast Botanic Garden, mostly!

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)

A familiar scene at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree: After Hours

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.

California Cholla from a safe distance

Plants Named California

Vasquez Rocks Park had some rain recently, and nature went wild. From blooms to berries, this is a look at two plants named after the state that responded nicely. (California Juniper, California Cholla)

A group of leaves shining in the fresh rain

Strolling in the Rain

Had a wonderful day at South Coast Botanic Garden in some heavy rain. The leaves looked amazing! And the plants are holding up better than I did in the cold.

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Appreciating Nature

Posts focusing on the joy and wonder that nature has in spades!

Three patches of Scotch Moss recently moved into a small planter

A Little Landscaped Desk

Scotch Moss isn’t actually moss – it’s an evergreen perennial shrub that grows low to the ground. It’s also perfect for a desktop pet plant!

iNaturalist – the Amazing App

Have you ever come across a plant in the wild that you couldn’t identify? An app called iNaturalist may be the easiest way to put a name to a leaf. Join me in a walkthrough of making an observation as I try to identify a strange plant on the coast.

A small rainstorm out over the ocean off Los Angeles

Roundup – January’s End

A look back at what’s happened in January, both in the wider environment and in my own garden. Most notably – the LA smog is back, my garden has new LED grow lights, and South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW event is over.

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

Climate Since Covid

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.

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The How-To

A Boston Fern sitting in a wooden planter hanging on the wall

Boston Fern

The Boston Fern is a wonderfully easy houseplant to care for. Keep the soil moist (and don’t let it freeze or boil), and you’ll have a happy plant for a long time to come. Read here to find out more care tips!

A red on green polka dot plant in the same pot as a white on green

Polka Dot Plant

The Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) is a fast-growing, self-seeding, pruning-loving houseplant of many colors. You know them when you see them! Check here for a detailed guide on taking care of them.

Closeup of a money tree leaf after a light mistingCloseup of a money tree leaf after a light misting

Money Tree

The money tree (Pachira aquatica) is a pretty easy houseplant. As long as there’s no drafts and the watering schedule stays constant, it’s a happy tower of green. Find out how to care for one!

Two chrysanthemums growing in soft window light, full of blooms

Chrysanthemums

You’ve probably seen large, happy chrysanthemum flowers while walking about outdoors. If you’ve been wanting to grow some at home, check out this post to see how they thrive and what you need to do to keep them blooming.

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Other Updates

Notes on my garden, events, and other topics!

A single sunflower growing out of a small peat moss packet in a tiny terracotta pot

Six on Saturday – 27 Feb, 2021

Back again for another Six on Saturday! This week the garden (halfway) wakes up for Spring – Tomatoes and The Lonely Sunflower decide it’s time, while the Ginkgo argues otherwise.

A sturdy Chaparral Yucca partially buried in snow

Searching for Snow near LA

If you’ve been watching the San Gabriel Mountains north of LA, you’ve seen the snow. I wanted to see the snow up close, and not just through a few dozen miles of pollution. The environment changes completely at 5000 feet altitude, only a few miles off the 210. Find out about the Icehouse Canyon Trail and plan out a trip while there’s still snow!

A polka dot plant flowering during winter indoors

Six on Saturday – 20 Feb, 2021

Back with another Six on Saturday post! In for this week, we’ve got plants getting ready for Spring – Polka Dots flowering, Sunflower seedlings, Grape cuttings, and Garden Plans.

The largest production of blueberries that the plant ever had

Six on Saturday – 13 Feb, 2021

It’s time for another Six on Saturday mixup-mashup of news in the garden and outside! On the plant today are a handful of blueberries, some new tomatoes, paperwhites, a hike in search of snow, and a leaf shaped like a heart. I hope you’ve all had a great week!

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