Category Archives: Family Affair

Ad Aster Per Aspera

I’m a bit of a crossword fanatic, been doing them about every day since I was 15.  One of the more hackneyed clues I used to come across (now thankfully edited into oblivion by the venerable Will Shortz), is “Fall … 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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Kiss My Aster

Whine all you want how barren it is out on the trails and I will say you aren’t looking hard enough.  Maybe they’re not the jaw-dropping show-stoppers of May, but there is plenty to see in the notoriously late-blooming aster … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows

Botanically speaking of course… Hope the new site banner help keeps you cool, if only for a second. Try not to panic, but I think I will be switching to every other week postings during the summer.  I will continue … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

OK OK I get it… My inbox was flooded when I cavalierly skipped the “Bloom of the Month” for March.  Such vituperative venom and vehemence, I was verily vexed.  Humblest apologies and prostrations, I planned to remedy this abomination until… … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun(flowers)

OK I know I’ve been slacking a bit the last month or two.  Summer has made me lethargic and doughy.  But the sun’s infernal grasp is slackening and I’m clawing my way back to the lectern and we’re going to … Continue reading

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It’s A Family Affair vol. 3 – You’re All Nuts

For this edition we will take a closer look at Anacardaciae, better known as the cashew family.  Primarily a tropical family, we have a surprising diversity of local representatives ranging from viney creepers to large gnarly trees.  Believe it or … Continue reading

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