Monthly Archives: June 2014

Nursery Stowaway

Every winter I start a whole bunch of Lupinus albifrons with seed collected from our very own Ventura River Preserve.  It absolutely adores the rocky, sandy well aerated soils of the river bottom area.  One of the more spectacular blooms … Continue reading

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Wherefore Art Thou Ilvento

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy started its grand preservation quest way back in the last millenium with a humble 80 acre chunk of chaparral hillside on the Thacher School property.  Donated by the Ilvento family, this unique plot features shady fern-draped … Continue reading

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Potrero John Jaunt

As promised.  Behold the unfettered glory of a Monday morning 11.15 miles north of my front door (as a murder of crows would fly). If these aren’t enough to satiate, join Lanny next Sunday as he leads an Herb Walks … Continue reading

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Penstemon Paean

So you’re puttering up the highway from Oak View into Ojai.  You pass the “No Trespas” (sic)  sign then all of a sudden on your right you see a wall of brilliant red flowers. Hovering off the sheer rock face, … Continue reading

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