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Urban Habitat

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Visits
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In the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world an ebullient pollinator garden is attracting insects and native bees to a museum science project.  The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History has surrounded itself with a 3.5 acre urban habitat garden that is succeeding in attracting insects for study by the scientists within. [...]

Harsh Winter for Summer-Dry Gardens

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Winter landscape in a Summer-Dry Climate

All winter, the headlines have been dominated by the harsh winter weather throughout the East.  In New England snowfall has been measured by feet instead of inches, the nations' capitol was shut down, freezing weather made its way into the deep South. Easterners longed for the sunny, dry, unseasonably warm weather in California, which is [...]

Dry Summer

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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We expect summers to be dry here in California.  It's a summer-dry or Mediterranean climate of wet winters and rainless summers.  Gardeners learn to adapt and use plants that are native to summer-dry climates. But this year is particularly hard on gardeners because it is particularly dry .  We have not had rainy winters recently, [...]

Connecting With Nature

– Posted in: Garden Musings
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Connecting with nature is something that most gardeners do naturally - at least while working in our gardens. But how many of us take the time - on a daily basis- to have an interlude with nature in the world outside of our backyards? I know that I can be as guilty as the next [...]