notes, musings and rants from plant lovers

The Best “Native” Palm for Bay Area Gardens

written by: Jason Dewees posted: May 21, 2010

These 35-year-old Guadalupe palms thrive in the understory of a 300-year-old valley oak in Walnut Creek, California.

The Guadalupe palm is the perfect palm for Bay Area gardens.

Native to the fog-cooled Guadalupe Island in Baja California, it’s right at home in San Francisco.

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Urban Lettuce Year-Round

written by: Lisa Van Cleef posted: May 12, 2010

Romaine Lettuce, Bernal Heights

With our great climate, not only can we wear down jackets in July, we can grow lettuce year-round.

Lettuce doesn’t like summer heat making it perfect for San Francisco’s fog-shrouded summers.  Grow some now!

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Join the Great Bee Hunt!

written by: Fred Bove posted: May 3, 2010

Pollinator at Work

The Buzz Around the Great Sunflower Project

What’s happening to our bees?  Become a citizen scientist and join the hunt for bees. Read the full story »

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