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  • Poppies!

    Added May 22, 2017
    Close up of a California poppy. Photo © Mandy Salm.

    Springtime means my favorite flower, the simple but abundant and beautiful Eschscholzia californica or California poppy is in full, glorious bloom. Belonging to the papaveraceae family, this flowering plant is native to the US and Mexico and can be found...

  • Deadheading - an easy way to prolong the bloom!

    Added May 9, 2017
    Deadheaded, spent flowers from the author's garden.

    Deadheading is the practice of removing spent blooms from your annuals and perennials. Flowers should be removed as soon as they fade, before forming seeds. There are a number of good reasons to deadhead: Deadheading may prolong the bloom time of...

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  • Two Icons: Old Glory and the Glorious Monarch

    Added May 29, 2017
    Two icons: the American flag, which represents our democracy, and the monarch butterfly, which is linked to a monarchy. The common name,

    Two icons, the American flag and the monarch butterfly, are flying high today. The American flag, or "Old Glory," symbolizes our democracy. The 13 stripes represent the 13 colonies that declared--and won--independence from Great Britain. The 50 stars in...

  • Monarch Sightings in the UC Davis Arboretum: Cause for Celebration

    Added May 26, 2017
    A monarch on milkweed in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    What a delight to see. We strolled through milkweed patches in the UC Davis Arboretum Thursday noon and saw them. Monarchs! The monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are returning from their coastal California overwintering sites. And we're getting...

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