Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall Fennel - Sing it Gilbert and Sullivan (Palo Alto Baylands Field Trip)

Put on some good walking shoes.
Head to the Palo Alto Baylands.
Click on that Pirates of Penzance recording and sing along....
Foeniculi - Foenicula - Foenicula ha ha ha ha!
It's just Fennel
No, I don't know if it's safe to eat. I wouldn't take a chance - especially as some of the nearby flowers are from the carrot family and look suspiciously like poison hemlock. Yah, that's the stuff Socrates drank and three hours later - no Socrates.
So just sing along. 
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A fan of Gilbert and Sullivan Pirates of Penzance - I thought the song was called 'Tarantula' now am wondering..... Is it called 'When the foreman bears his steel'?

When the foreman bears his steel - Tarantula!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Senita People - Eat it Up - Cactus

Currently blooming at Stanford AZ Gardens
Gorgeous white flower on your right is a Senita Cactus
This was an important food for the Senita People
Cousin Martha and I hope to visit the Sonoran Desert where Senita's grow
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Wedding Tomato - A Black Krim

Now Fruiting- Our Commemorative  Black Krim Tomatoes *
My Rosalinda
Married - San Luis Obispo
Home to this Black Krim

* Plant Purchased at San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market
 At nearby Loma Grande Ranch, Rosalinda and Joe married

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Perfume My Garden

Rosa - Blush Noisette 
Hiding in Plain Sight - Sneaky!
Perfume My Garden

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Historic Beatles Music Inspire Todays Birds!

Listen, do, ah, do
Do you want to know a secret?
Do, ah, do
Do you promise not to tell?
Oh, oh, oh, oh, closer....
"Do You Want to Know a Secret" - The Beatles
CA Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco
"There are at least 17 species of macaws, and several are endangered. These playful birds are popular pets, and many are illegally trapped for that trade. The rain forest homes of many species are also disappearing at an alarming rate." Find out more at...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Prickly Treats

AZ Gardens, Stanford University

Can you imagine a better treat, than a Prickly Pear in full bud?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Scenes from Stanford Memorial Church

One of many lovely aspects of singing in Stanford Symphonic Chorus, is enjoying the stained glass windows in Memorial Church in the evening light.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pride of Madeira for a Mediterranean Climate

Beautiful Pride of Madeira
Perfect for our Mediterranean Gardens in California

Where do you find a Mediterranean Climate?
1) Southern and Southwestern Australia
2) Central Chile
3) Coastal California - and the San Francisco Bay Area of California where I live
4) Western Cape of South Africa
5) The Mediterranean Basin itself
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Mediterranean Gardens and Climate:

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wildflowers: Iris douglasiana - Hiking Contra Costa


My daughter and I spotted Iris douglasiuna while hiking around the Lafayette Reservioir, in the East Bay. We live across the San Francisco Bay from the East Bay, also known as Contra Costa - the Other Coast.

Native Iris say 'late spring' to me.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mule Deer Field Trip - Hiking San Francisco Bay Area

CA Mule Deer
Walked along Sawyer Camp trail. 
Made some new friends.

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Sawyer Camp Trail, San Mateo County, Just North of Silicon Valley

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cactus - Fill My Heart

Stanford University- Arizona Garden
Cactus - Fill My Heart
Drink Deeply and Hold my Soul
In your Fine Needles

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New York Garden Dreamscape

Brooklyn Garden Light
You Paint My Daughter's Dreamscape
New York Garden Style

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Magnolia: Nature's Origami

Ever since I watched The Oragami Revolution on PBS...
I've started seeing my favorite flowers differently!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Between the Raindrops: Vernal Pools at Stanford University

Heading into rehearse Carmina Burana at the Bing Performing Arts Center for one of several dress rehearsals the other evening, I heard a chorus of what sounded like a thousand Pacific Chorus Frogs - odd because I couldn't think of any body of water nearby. Jasper the wonderful pooch-from-Taiwan and I returned the next day to scout out the frogs home. Just off Bing, we found glorious vernal pools. As you probably know, vernal pools are temporary. The form from rain runoff when the ground is saturated, as it is by our recent crazy California rain season. Jasper and I didn't find any frogs during the day, but he thoroughly enjoyed the tasty grasses.

Monday, February 20, 2017

San Francisco Field Trip:Academy of Sciences - Golden Gate Park

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, provides us with an indoor rainforest, macaws, fish and reptiles from around the world, and - oh yeah- an albino alligator named Claude.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wildflowers: Lupines at Stanford University

Stanford University is famous for it's educational resources, and Silicon Valley connections.Though less discussed,  it's also home to  some of my favorite native trees and flowers.

Monday, February 6, 2017

CA Wildflowers: How 'Bout them Blue Eyes?

Nemophila menziesii
Baby Blue Eyes
Stanford University is famous for it's educational resources, and Silicon Valley connections.Though less discussed,  it's also home to  some of my favorite native trees and flowers.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fantasy Quilt: Toyon Time

My fantasy quilt, chock full of Plugas Ridge toyon berries, stitched up in less than an hour. Doesn't it look warm and toasty?

Monday, January 23, 2017

What's Next? My View from the March - Oakland California

Estimated 60,000 folks marched in Oakland CA
Because We Matter
Because There's a Lot to be Done
What's Next for Me? Increased Political Involvement - The Latino Vote for me - I'm connecting via the San Mateo County Democratic Party

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In Between Raindrops - Succulents and More Stanford University

Can you spot my happy pooch Jasper posing in front of the Stanford family Mausoleum?
He wanted me to show him off more - so I put a great big version at the bottom of this post!
The Stanford Succulent Gardens, known officially as the "Arizona Garden", is a great walk with or without a favorite pooch alongside. We're enjoying a short break between rain storms - though you'll never hear us complaining after several years of drought! - and this outdoor arboretum is the perfect place for a low-key outing. 

That Agave Americana- also known as a Century Plant - is so exciting to see in bud! Jasper Dog and I are going to go as often as possible to keep an eye on that once in it's lifetime bloom.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In between our California Raindrops - Golden Gate Bridge Yonder

On a long walk to Fort Point with my three favorite young guys on one of the two days we had in between rain storms. 

Crissy Fields Beach, headed for the Golden Gate Bridge.