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Author: mandmweb

Elderberry Season

To Eat or Not to Eat Before eating the blue elderberries that are ripening up right now, I decided to check to make sure they are safe. An online perusal left me a little confused and unsure. There was only one report from the CDC of poisoning from elderberry juice. It happened here in California back in 1983. Eleven people were sickened and one hospitalized after drinking elderberry juice. All recovered quickly. Reassuring? Maybe not.  Turns out, they drank juice that they made by squeezing raw elderberries, twigs and stems included, through a sieve. Add sugar and apple juice,...

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Joshua Tree National Park

Last week I went to Yucca Valley to visit my daughter who lives and makes pottery there. Check out her website, zzieeceramics, and Etsy site to see or purchase her pieces. On June 8th and 9th she will be selling her work at the West Coast Craft Fair, so unless you can visit her in SF, you may have to wait a few weeks to get an online response. Cottage Cheese Vase from zzieeceramics She took a break from throwing, glazing and firing to join me on a botanical foray in Joshua Tree National Park. There were a surprising...

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What’s Blooming?

The South Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Woodland & Wildlife Park (a mouthful for the South Pas Nature Park) is still ablaze with colorful blooms. Here’s a list of what is flowering right now. Did I miss anything? (Picture gallery follows) Blooming Now Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea) Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea) Bush Sunflower (Encelia californica) California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata) Giant Rye (Elymus condensatus) Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata) Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum) Heartleaf Penstemon (Keckiella cordifolia) Narrowleaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla) Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii)...

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Anza Borrego Wildflowers

It is February 27th and I am having the hardest time pulling myself away from Michael Cohen’s testimony to Congress. But this is not a political blog – oh no! And so with all of the willpower that I can muster, I opened my Lightroom file to last week’s wildflower trip to Anza Borrego. Here are some landscape shots. Most were taken in June Wash, southeast of Agua Caliente County Park. The palm oasis, Mountain Palm Springs, was further SE along S2. The Carizzo Badlands was still further down S2. You can see some of the wildflowers we saw...

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Spring is coming

Spring is coming to the South Pasadena Nature Park (and the rest of Southern California). And from the looks of it, we may be in for another Super Bloom year! At the park the weeds are bursting out in response to the nice, steady rains we have had this winter; but so are many natives. Some native shrubs have changed from their twiggy, moribund winter appearance to a vibrant, youthful presentation. Just a few short weeks ago the California sagebrush (Artemisia california)  looked more dead than alive. Now it has soft, light green feathery leaves, begging all who pass by...

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