Friday, March 28, 2008

Tiny Sara up a cliff

IMG_1251.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Dead Fennel

Dead Fennel, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Healthy Fennel

IMG_1231.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Triangle Planter

Planter Overview 2, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Here's the Triangle Planter, an area near my workplace that I created with the help of friends/supervisors at work and Sara. (I have 2 bosses, it is complicated). All of these plants are native to California, although a few are not native to Ventura County. The planter gets some water on its edges from small sprinklers, but most of this part does not get extra water... the rain brought these flowers up. Some of the plants you can see in this picture include deergrass (Muhlenbergia rigens), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), arroyo lupine (Lupinus succulentus), and bush sunflower (Encelia californica). I am too lazy to italicize the Latin names right now. There are about 40 different native plant species in this planter.

Planter overview 2

Planter overview, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Another overview showing the side. Sorry this photo series is blurry but it was getting dark.

California poppy

California poppy, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica, whew!) is one of the easiest plants to grow in this climate, blooms for months, and the petals are the second softest thing ever. (feel them next time you see this plant!) Also, despite popular belief, it isn't illegal to pick these flowers... but it is a bad idea, because who wants to kill a poppy?

Pitcher Sage

Pitcher Sage, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

This pitcher sage (Lepechinia fragrans) plant, after getting a slow start, looks amazing right now. The flowers are beautiful, the plant smells amazing, and the little fuzzy hairs on the leaves make it look like it has a glowing aura around it.

I never see this planted in native plant gardens... but I can't imagine why! I really hope it makes viable seed so I can grow more.

Gopher Attack!

Gopher Attack!, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

The gophers are going to town in the flowers. This is not an entirely bad thing as they are mixing the extremely compacted soil and adding organic matter. I also noticed that areas they dug up last year had good wildflowers. However, they are getting a bit out of control so we will probably have to trap and smite some of them, before they eat everything. (Before we do that, I hope they get that filaree to the left of the hole)


Lupine, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Huge arroyo lupine patch (Lupinus succulentus) that popped up on the street end of the planter. I am pretty sure these came from a few seeds I grabbed across the ditch and tossed on the ground in the fall... This plant is doing a good job of adding nutrients to the crappy soil it lives in, although the plants under it are probably being smothered.

it smells great, too.


Coreopsis, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Two Giant Coreopsis (Coreopsis gigantea) plants that Sara Chaney gave me as tiny seedlings. They are doing great in this location but unlike the coreopsis on the islands or in malibu they are not blooming. Maybe next year.

Bunchgrass patch

Bunchgrass patch, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

This is a little patch of bunchgrasses (Nassella pulchra, N. lepdia) I planted in a bare patch of soil where nothing else would grow. The grasses are doing great and are even blooming, less than 6 months after I planted them. I hope to put more in this Fall.

Hummingbird sage

Hummingbird sage, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) growing in a big clump. This originated from about 5 plants I divided out of a couple of pots, and mostly from 1 plant Sara had growing at her house in Santa Barbara when she lived there. It hated Santa Barbara but loves its new home.. however it has a bit of mildew, so I think I will cut down the water this year and let it dry out for the summer.

Wild Grape

Wild Grape, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Wild grape (Vitis californica) growing on an old fence.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Trees and the yellow creek

IMG_1172.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

charlie and mushrooms

charlie and mushrooms, originally uploaded by sara buggy.

charlie and mushrooms

The Santa Clara River

The Santa Clara River, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

It's hard to believe a river like this is just 10 or 15 miles from Ventura! The only catch is, it's dry for much of the summer.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


IMG_1162.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Some arundo that the wasp bit.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Happy in chaparral

MalibuCanyon.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

blooming ceanothus in background, Malibu Canyon

A spore print

Spore_Print_2.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

A spore print

Spore_Print_1.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Sara and a mushroom

Sara_Shroom.jpg, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Dudleyas on a rock

Dudleya.JPG, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

Dudleyas on a rock in Malibu Canyon.. perhaps a rare form of Dudleya cymosa

Monday, March 10, 2008

I'm Back again!

photo, originally uploaded by inyopfc.

testing the template


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

I'm Back!

Originally uploaded by inyopfc
Josh found a new way of uploading photos to blogger... so assuming this works, I'll start using this blog again.