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Image of Woolly sedge flourishes in this modified swale at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. A vigorous runner, the sedge does escape on either side, but does increasingly poorly the farther it moves from this comparatively moist depression. Photo by Bruce Reed

Harvesting Rain

Saturday, August 1, 2015

... and putting it to good use. Mother soil better than storage tanks.

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Blooming now on the central coast, toyon is a small tree which can be pruned to fit the average yard. White flowers in summer and bright red berries in winter brighten its dependable evergreen foliage. Photo by Bruce Reed

Weathering Summer

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bullet-proof native plants, (once established!)

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Glorious in fruit, summer holly gets its name from its passing resemblance to true holly, which is not found in California. Summer holly is uncommon in the wild and rarely noticed. Photo by Bruce Reed

Comarostaphylis diversifolia

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Clustered in small groves or shrouded in the foliage of other chaparral shrubs, summer holly (Comarostaphylis diversifolia), a charming and uncommon member of the local flora, is now showing its full beauty.

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County inspectors searching commercial cut-flower fields for Gladiolus rust. Photo taken by Brian Cabrera

Dismantling County Ag Commission

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pennywise, pound foolish

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Baby blue eyes, an annual, shows characteristics similar to other ephemerals: sudden disappearance. Within one or two days, when water becomes scarce for the plant, it will completely dehydrate and stem and leaf tissue will collapse to form a generally unnoticed crust on the soil, holding seeds for the coming year. Photo by Bruce Reed


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Here today, gone tomorrow

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