Banquet Piece, Pieter Claez

Monday, March 17, 2014

Plant ID at 60 MPH - What the heck was that?!?

Seen on the median strip travelling north on 680 through Castro Valley - a tree with large light colored flowers and no foliage to speak of. When I saw it whizzing by, I said "What the heck is that?".

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Yellow Leaves on the "Bouquets de Fleurs" Citrus Tree

Our "Bouquets de Fleurs" is now forming tiny citrus. I despaired that it would ever form fruit or even flowers, but this year we now have several bunches of fruits.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ladybug Ladybug, Fly Away Home

We were at a neighbors' house, sitting in their beautiful garden, when the question of lady bugs came up.  Both of our gardens have been visited by aphids on the broccoli and kale. What to do? Do we buy lady bugs? What about what we've heard about lady bugs flying away and going to someone else's garden? Good questions!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Visiting Our East Bay Trees...cheaply

Magnolia from Strybing Arboretum
I like to go to gardens all the time. It can get expensive. I like to be able to pop in frequently for a few mins at a local garden as if it were mine. And when travelling, I like to go to whatever garden or arboretum I find.

I am facing a renewal of my UC Bot Garden membership and am weighing the plusses and minuses of their different levels. This is beginning to hurt my head trying to figure this out. I may have to get out the spreadsheet to help decide what is the best way to visit gardens (and possibly museums) cheaply.