Thursday, April 26. 2007
I just learned that a setting was wrong and anyone who tried to post a comment was receiving an error message. That is supposedly fixed now, so please give it another try.
And not wanting to miss this opportunity, would anyone like to try and ID this plant?
It is about 24" tall, overall. You can click the picture to see a larger image. Let me know if you need additional photos. Please try leaving a comment so I know that feature is working. Or email me.
Cindy Burrascano thinks it is Blue flax - Linum lewisii. I looked it up and I agree. Thank you, Cindy!
Monday, April 23. 2007
Here's another in what will probably be a long line of questions. As I've mentioned before, I want to inventory every native plant (and eradicate most non-natives) on our property. Since I am not an expert on chaparral plants I'm asking for help with my plant IDs. We did a hard one the other day and I this this one might be easier.
If anyone wishes to ID this plant, please try leaving a comment. I need to know how the comment feature works for you, so perhaps you could let me know if it was hard or easy and any problems you may have had. To enter a comment, click the comment link at the beginning of this posting. If you can't, or don't want to leave a comment, you can email me with your answer.
Sunday, April 22. 2007
I wrote a message about the blue flowers which I was asking about a few days ago (see April 19th in the archives) but it somehow got deleted. I'm still learning how to use this blog. So here was the gist of it:
Bert, from Las Pilitas native plant nursery (www.laspilitas.com) tells me they are
I was wandering around the lot on Friday and noticed that we have one that apparently grew naturally. It is quite far from where we spread the wildflower seeds and is not downwind from there. Here is a picture of it. Click the image to see it in its environment.
Friday, April 20. 2007
Hello to our friends at the San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. I wanted to develop a reasonably good start on my website before introducing it, but the last year has turned out to be very difficult for us and the next few months will probably difficult as well. So I've given up on that idea and I'm just going to ask for your critical mercy and go with what I've got so far - this blog.
Some of you may have been aware that we had some contention over an abatement order last spring. We did some thinning and pruning, but did not obey the terms of the abatement order or the verbal instructions given to us by the private commercial business who issues these orders and who benefits financially if you fail to meet their requirements. Then we called the Fire Marshall who approved what we had done and appreciated what we are trying to do.
So what are we trying to do? Well, we have a small parcel of native chaparral on our property. It only amounts to about 1.5 acres, but it is important to us, and we think it is important to the ecology of our area. We have an abundance of birds and wildlife at all times of the year in addition to the beautiful wildflowers which are blooming now.
Here is a photo showing a part of our little patch of brush. (Click to see a larger image.)
We want to try and save this little bit of Chaparral. It's not much, but if everyone would save the little bit that they can, it wouldn't be disappearing so fast.
As time passes, we hope to build an inventory of the native species on our land and to eradicate the non-natives, or at least keep them under control.
But equally important, we want encourage others to do the same as we are doing: fight the system and the inevitable rush to clear, pave, control and destroy everything that nature, God, or whatever power you believe in gave us. We're not marchers (I've got a bad foot) and we're not politicians. What we can do is help disseminate the information that you need to wage your own fight. I'll make an announcement when that section of our website is ready.
Meanwhile, if you could read the previous posting (the next one down the page from this one) you will see a flower ID question. I will be asking a lot of these. Just because we want to save our native plants doesn't mean that we know them all! Please help with this if you can.
Friday, April 20. 2007
My little blue flower question worked out well, so let's try a little yellow flower question. Can anyone ID this flower for us and is it native/non-native? (Click it to see a larger image.)
As before, you can post your answer in a "comment" (click the appropriate link, above) or you can email me directly.
Thursday, April 19. 2007
When I started this blog I had no idea that the next six months would be even tougher on us than the previous six. Life has a way of directing your attention away from the things you want to do, doesn't it? And the fires we must fight are not always in the chaparral.
My wife and I are trying to save the chaparral that we have growing on our property, to try and keep non-natives out of it, and to try and re-introduce native plants into areas of our lot where they do not currently exist. In the process, we must be able to identify many plants which we may not recognize. Though members of the California Native Plant Society (San Diego branch) we are not native plant experts. So we need help. In the long run I hope to create an inventory of the species on our land. For the time being, we need to know what to keep and what to dig out. I have asked for help on the CNPSSD mailing list, but I hate to overuse that resource.
Until I have a fancier method developed, I will just post photos here and ask for IDs.
Here is a closer look at some of the flowers:
If you can ID this plant for us, please either post a comment to this entry, or email us directly.
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