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Trumpet Bluebells

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Leonard and I always refer to Mertensia longiflora by the common name “bluebells”. Unfortunately, many other plant species are also known as bluebells. To avoid confusion, in this post I chose to use another colloquial name, trumpet bluebells. Of course, … Continue reading

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Scarlet Pimpernel

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Many years ago I was first introduced to a scarlet pimpernel (Lysimachia arvensis) as the alias of Sir Percy Blackeney in the book “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. Published in 1905, this first novel in a series by Baroness Emma Orczy takes … Continue reading

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Juvenile Mountain Bluebird

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Juvenile bird plumage is often strikingly different from the plumage of their parents. Additionally, many juvenile birds, at least to me, look very similar with their spotted patterns. I have a difficult time identifying many avian juveniles. Earlier this month … Continue reading

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Spice Bush

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Spice bush (Calycanthus occidentalis), like so many shrubs, is unspectacular and difficult to identify when not in flower. So I was very excited when earlier this month Leonard and I found spice bushes in bloom along Fender’s Ferry Road in … Continue reading

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California Yerba Santa

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California yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum) is a perennial shrub or wildflower native to and found in California and Oregon. Other names for this member of the Waterleaf Family include mountain balm and bear weed. Usually found in clonal stands, California … Continue reading

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Sticky Chinese Houses

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After a long day of hiking, it is tempting to not follow up on a plant Leonard and I see that is off the trail. Usually it is something familiar and known. Occasionally though it is, as birders say, a … Continue reading

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California Snowdrop Bush

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California snowdrop bush (Styrax redivivus) is a native shrub endemic to California. It can grow up to eight feet in height and is found at elevations below 5,000 feet. California snowdrop bush inhabits dry, rocky slopes in the woodlands and … Continue reading

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