The Summer of Buckets — Extreme Drought & Early Wildfire Season In the Garden

The Summer of Buckets You’ve heard of the Summer of Love, right? Well I propose that 2021 here in Northern California be called the Summer of Buckets. There are buckets in all the sinks — to collect dish-washing and handwashing water, a bucket in the tub to catch the water as it warms for aContinue reading “The Summer of Buckets — Extreme Drought & Early Wildfire Season In the Garden”

May In the Garden — a joy even during drought

Even a Sprinkle Is Welcome During Drought! A few days after my last garden blog post, we received a tiny bit of rain: about a tenth of an inch. Even such a small amount was welcome to ease the drought we are facing here. The garden is still green–as is the norm for spring–but withContinue reading “May In the Garden — a joy even during drought”

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies

Pipevine Swallowtails are my favorite butterflies here–with their mystical black color and iridescent blue sheen (on the males). And the caterpillars are also eye-catching: black with bright orange spikes–looking like a scary creature out of Star Wars. Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies (Battus philanor) were unknown to me and never seen in our garden until we plantedContinue reading “Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies”

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