Gulf Fritillaries in November? Yes! Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) are still active here in Solano County, on those...
A Gulf Fritillary spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A hungry Gulf Fritillary caterpillar crawling around the Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
U Turn? A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This Gulf Fritillary egg is about to hatch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Thanksgiving isn't about selecting the largest turkey in the store, engaging in road rage or aisle anger, or preparing for the Black Friday...
A Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, shares the nectar of a passionflower (Passiflora) with three honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Remember to sign up for the San Benito County Weed Management Area's 19th Annual Continuing Education Seminar for Ranchers on Thursday, December 3...
This is the second part of a blog on trees, this time focusing on the mighty oak. In California, we have some of the
The Valley Oak is the largest oak tree variety in North America. Mature trees are over 100' in height with a 150' spread and are up to 600 years old. Most large Valley Oaks are over 100 years old, and most seedlings are trampled by cattle, so few new trees are taking their place in the woodlands. As some of the mature trees become surrounded by growing cities, many are succumbing to the new microclimates, especially from too much water from lawns and other landscape watering. If you find yourself on an isolated island with a group of these old trees, such as in some of our State Parks, you will be in an almost magical place apart from the world, mostly unchanged since before the California gold rush.
Oaks contain tannins, used for tanning skins and giving that trade its name. These are also an important aging flavor for wines. These tannins were also thought to provide this apparent healing magic, but it's really not magic at all – tannins in oak trees are still used to bring down fever and staunch wounds among herbalists today, being a potent astringent.
- Article, (Plant folklore): https://gardenerspath.com/plants/plant-folklore
- Article, (Greek Mythology): https://www.britannica.com/topic/dryad
- Article, (Quercus lobata): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_lobata
- Photo A (Large oak tree seen from the bottom looking up to the canopy. https://gardenerspath.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/red-oak.jpg
- Photo B (Oak leaf in red fall color): https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1071184
If you've been talking to your plants for years, you are not alone. But know this: plants can communicate, too. They eavesdrop, sense danger in the...
Professor Rick Karban has researched communication in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) on the east side of the Sierra since 1995.