Finally RAIN!

By: calpoppy , 9:43 PM GMT on February 09, 2014

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have beautiful plants in your yard that take the cold, heat, wind, drought, floods and anything else that your area can drum up and live through it!! Plants that you don’t have to fuss over, change out the existing soil , water constantly, protect from the wind, fertilize , and generally make an entirely new environment for the plant. If this sounds appealing to you then GO NATIVE!

We have always had a great deal of natives but now we are going into it all out! I have seeds sprouting in the greenhouse of Desert Holly, Feathery Dalea, Virgins bower, and Wolfberry (not Goji berry), I have planted Holly leaf cherry, and Nevins barberry, Western Redbud, Desert Willow, Indian Rice grass, California Wild Lilac, and I am looking for many others. We plan to reduce our water use by at least 20% if not more.

Pictures of some California native plants.

Theodore Payne Foundation garden.



California Lilac



Wild penstemon.



The wildlife in your area have survived on the native plants long before you came around with birdseed and other wildlife food. The plants have evolved in your area and have seen many different weather conditions and have survived without your help.

Here are some links to resources in your state or country that will help you find native plant nurseries.


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117. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:05 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
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116. BriarCraft
10:31 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
WU is refusing to load your VIP Creek photo, so I'll have to check back later to rate it. Looks like heavy rain in the hills when you took that shot.

I can see why Tagg hesitated. She is not used to seeing fast-moving water in her back yard.

Looks like you've got about double the rain WatchinTheSky has seen. Is any of that moisture coming in the form of mountain snow?
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115. WatchinTheSky
4:00 AM GMT on March 03, 2014
Wave as you drive by! Hope you guys find just the right one :)
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114. WeatherWise
3:42 AM GMT on March 03, 2014
Hi Calpoppy! Glad you got some rain and Congratulations on VIP! Have a wonderful week!
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113. WatchinTheSky
10:11 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
It might look like Charleston, bug ;) Wow, 51", that's a lot!
We got .12" drizzle today to finish the storm, total was 1.9", pretty nice!
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112. ozgalah
10:09 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Hi Cal well done on the VIP and great news that you have rain!!! Our garden looks so much better for the rain we had the other week it doesn't matter how much we water the garden nothing works like rain. Unfortunately the weeds have also woken up, oh well always something needs doing in a garden!
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111. palmettobug53
9:21 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
After asking you what your area's average rainfall is, I had to look up ours. I had no idea what it was.

I am embarrassed to say it but Charleston's average annual rainfall is 51.03 inches. The average for the entire state is 41.11. Charleston has had 4.85 inches since Jan 1st, which is -1.93 less than normal.

Kind of hard to believe we've had less than 5 inches, what with all the rainy days and snow/ice we've had.

I can't imagine what your area would look like, if you got our rainfall amounts.

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110. calpoppy
5:02 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Hi Ylee! Our rain total for this storm was 2.61 inches!

Thanks on the congrats, now I have the trifecta VIP, World View, and AC, LOL!

Hi Sandi! England may be small but looked what it did historically in it's long life!!

The rain was just right! Heavy at times but no T-storms which would have given us a lot of run off. Nice soaking rain. We don't get mud here, our soil is decomposed granite so it has large particles which allow for good drainage. So no slip sliding away here.

Hi Bug! Not the rubber ducky song!!!! Our average is a little over 8" a year. Llano is a large area with elevations as low as 3000" and up to 5500" so the averages would vary according to elevation. So this rain has helped quite a lot, we are up to 5.27" for the rain year.

Nice hike this morning, everything is wet and sparkling!

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109. palmettobug53
3:50 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Hi, Cal.

I've still got that goofy song stuck in my head! At least, it's not "Rubber Ducky." Uh oh. I shouldn't have said that. Noooooooo! lol

To put your current rainfall in perspective, what is the average annual rainfall for the area you're living in?
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108. sandiquiz
8:56 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Hi Poppy,

The web site I was on showed ten US States are actually bigger than the UK

1 Alaska 587,878
2 Texas 266,874
3 California 163,696
4 Montana 147,047
5 New Mexico 121,599
6 Arizona 114,007
7 Nevada 110,567
8 Colorado 104,100
9 Wyoming 97,818
10 Oregon 97,052

It also said that 29 of the States are bigger than England!

Hope you get enough rain, but not too much to wash you away!
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107. Ylee
6:09 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Congratulations on the VIP! Looks like your rain totals are "just about right", so far!
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106. calpoppy
9:53 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Hi Skye! Thanks for the rabbits, and I believe I read where you drew them. Very nice!!!

Hi WTS! I hope Mrs. WTS recovered from her journey!! That must have been one long day for her.

Hi YCD! Yes it is a creek and not a drainage or arroyo!! It is called Mescal creek and runs out of a lake about 4 miles from here. It can run all year. Back in 2005 when we got all the rain we ever would want, that creek was a 100' across. Wiped out most all the vegetation and changed the whole look of the creek!! So it is slowly taking shape again, but will flatten out if we get big T-Storms. I know it isn't a pretty creek but it is what it is :) We have plenty of arroyos around here but they only run when their is rain. Sometimes called ephemeral streams.
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105. ycd0108
9:25 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
So good to read that you have GOT RAIN!
http://grooveshark.com/s/Farmer+Needs+The+Rain/2q 9utS?src=5
I'm afraid that creek in your photo looks more like an arroyo with some water in it, though.
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104. WatchinTheSky
7:54 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
"The guy lost his boot in the muck!" I think I saw the same report, why do they do that?? For our amusement, I suspect ;)

Sounds like you got about twice what we got! I went to the Park for a bit this morning, just in case there was some cleanup to do! The creek through the Riparian area was not even flowing any longer, and no cleanup - which was fine ;)

Wildflowers should perk up for you!!
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103. Skyepony (Mod)
6:12 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

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102. calpoppy
6:03 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Hi Bug! I was posting while you were posting! You know I had heard about PawPaw patches when I was a lot younger I thought that PawPaws were something akin to watermelons, LOL!

There is rain today!!!
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101. calpoppy
6:01 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Hi PSP! Our local newscasters are a wimpy bunch!!! They don't like weather!

Hi WTS! I was watching the national news and they showed a Weather Channel reporter walking or trying to walk in mud, to funny. The guy lost his boot in the muck!

Hi Sandi! UK has not had a good winter at all!!!! I feel for all those affected by the flooding, especially when it seems endless.

I didn't realize how much bigger we are then the UK!!

Oh, and I for one love the rain and snow and thunderstorms, LOL!!

Thanks Sandi, Ylee and Pros for white rabbit greetings!!
Right back at all of you, I hope it is a wonderful month for all!!!

We had a fun hike yesterday when we had a bit of a break in the weather. Mr. P had to do a swift water rescue on the pups, well sorta. The water was running pretty quick and fairly deep in places, so the pups didn't go in it, but they saw a coyote on the other side and off they went through the creek. Now they were on the other side of the creek and now did not want to go through the creek to come back. So Mr. P went out and carried them to safety.

Today the creek is not running so fast, and both Tess and Tagg went across. So proud of Tagg it took her a bit to manage up the courage but she did it, twice!

Here is what the creek looked like yesterday afternoon. This creek has not run for TWO years.



VIP, Yahooo!!!

I will give final rain tallies when the storm is over, but just a preview. Our 24 hour rain total was 2.46 inches. Right now we have some moderate to heavy rainfall.
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100. palmettobug53
5:52 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
RAIN! YAY!

How much did you get, all told? Is there more on the way?

I know it's nowhere near enough to break the drought but.....


As soon as I read that bit about you trying a paw paw tree, I could hear Mama singing a song she used to sing a lot, when I was a kid. Now, I'm going to have it looping in my head all day!

Paw-Paw Patch

Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?
Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?
Where, oh where, oh where is Susie?
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.

Chorus:
Picking up paw-paws; put 'em in a basket.
Picking up paw-paws; put 'em in a basket.
Picking up paw-paws;put 'em in a basket.
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.

Come along, boys, and let's go find her.
Come along, boys, and let's go find her.
Come along, boys, and let's go find her.
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch

Repeat Chorus:

She's a queen of old Hawaii.
She's a queen of old Hawaii.
She's a queen of old Hawaii.
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.

Repeat Chorus:

She can teach you how to hulu.
She can teach you how to hulu.
She can teach you how to hulu.
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.

Repeat Chorus:
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99. Proserpina
2:39 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
 photo 20140226_0244March_zps5700a85a.jpg

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.
-Sarah Coleridge

HAPPY MONTH OF MARCH CALPOPPY
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98. Ylee
9:28 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Cal, this month, instead of three white rabbits, I give you three March hares, because the weather's been mad! :' )

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97. sandiquiz
8:14 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
We need all we can get. But the local news people are already asking when all of this can be over, they are already tired of it! LOL!

Hi Poppy, I suggest those who are tired of it come over here for a holiday! It has rained for so long here, we no longer notice it!

It has rained somewhere in the UK - a place smaller than California, every day since December 16th! And many areas have had rain for 60 days straight!

White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits and a very happy Month of March to you:)

Edit - after saying that California is bigger than the UK I had to go look to qualify my statement.... and found this -

UK: 94,526 sq mi
CA: 163,696 sq mi

So, yes - much bigger!!! lol
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96. BriarCraft
5:21 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Henny Penny, er, um, Hoppy Poppy, would you do me a favor? If you see any puddles around your place, please stomp one. Heel first, mind you. That way, the water will splash away from you. Do it toe first and the water will get your other leg wet -- then you won't have a leg to stand on. So anyway, stomp a puddle for me, with a great big grin on your face. You may be retired, but that doesn't mean you've grown up yet.
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95. Ylee
3:06 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
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94. WatchinTheSky
3:03 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
It's just the news people that are tired of it already, PSP ;) They have to go out in it and get wet LOL!
Rain!!
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93. PugetSoundPost
11:20 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Quoting 92. calpoppy:
Wow 11 mesocyclones on the radar in the high desert! We are up to 1.50 inches now, and maybe a little break to get the pups out for a bit.

Hi GG! Yesterday on our hike some of the wildflowers were looking wilted, they aren't any more!!!

Hi Mike! We need all we can get. But the local news people are already asking when all of this can be over, they are already tired of it! LOL!


Wow. Tired of it already???????
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92. calpoppy
7:03 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Wow 11 mesocyclones on the radar in the high desert! We are up to 1.50 inches now, and maybe a little break to get the pups out for a bit.

Hi GG! Yesterday on our hike some of the wildflowers were looking wilted, they aren't any more!!!

Hi Mike! We need all we can get. But the local news people are already asking when all of this can be over, they are already tired of it! LOL!
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91. clearlakemike
3:49 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Yea!! More rain for California!!
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90. GardenGrrl
3:25 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
HOORAY!!!

The flowers are coming, the flowers are coming!
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89. calpoppy
3:16 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
This storm is actually living up to all of it's hype! Over a 1/2" here with wind gusts up to 36MPH, there was about a 10 minute period where the wind was constant at 30MPH, rain through to possibly monday.

Had to laugh last night while watching the local news, a newscaster said "no one will be spared in Southern California" What!!! Maybe to many movies in her life, LOL!

Very heavy rain right now (my own live storm watch 2014). Should have a inch in a little while. Had to go out to pick some rosemary for the dinner tonight, Tess seems to like the rain, Tagg was a no go, at all, no way, no how, LOL! Should have nice wet dog smell in the cabin today.

I saw the peacocks earlier this morning but now I don't know where they went. They have their own shelter, I should have checked there.

Hi WTS! I felt that admin would have banned us because this is a weather site and we had no weather, LOL! But we are safe now. We have weather!!

Hi SP! The reporters are quite funny in this type of weather. I think the producers tell them to go out and find rain, to prove it is raining to the people.
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88. sp34n119w
11:13 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Okay, fine. But you guys get all the monsooooooons!!! lol

Last night on the news there was a guy in a slicker, doing an on-the-scene report, and I said, "Watch. I bet he found a puddle ..." and the camera pans down to show that, yes, he was standing in a puddle! LOL He even tapped his foot in it a few times to show that it was, indeed, an actual puddle of water.
I could not stop laughing.

Good luck with STORMWATCH2014!
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87. WatchinTheSky
9:43 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
So we may be legal to stay on the weather blogs - if we get something next day or so? ;) Lots of blue sky right now.
sp must have hogged it all again because only .08" here! It would take a solid NNW wind to get the guineas down here lol!
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86. calpoppy
9:04 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hi Ylee! All hatches were battened down, and all hands were on deck, well maybe in the cabin!

I had begun to think that I don't belong on a weather blog, because there is no weather here, LOL!

Hi WW! No special recipe I just picked one out on the internet. I like almonds and chocolate, so almonds were in the biscotti and chocolate added later to one side! What I didn't care for on the recipe was the time they had for baking it. I had to have it in twice as long as the recipe called for on both bakes!! Might try another recipe sometime soon. Even though it came out very well, and is especially good with your morning coffee!

Hi PSP! Last night's storm was a no show for us. A few sprinkles. Other places in SoCal got up to two inches but not us and I don't think WTS either! Maybe SP got it all, she hogs all the rain, LOL!

Hi GG! They may end up at Briars!! If the wind comes out of the southeast, to the northwest they would go, LOL! Actually I bet Briar would like their help in her yardening efforts!! If she wears earplugs ;)

I am impatiently awaiting major rain event. SoCal newcasters already have STORM WATCH 2014, LOL!! They will have reporters out in the rain watching water run into the storm drains and traffic jams with upset drivers and pictures of the rain hitting the pavement. Pretty exciting, NOT!!



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85. GardenGrrl
3:38 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Big Storm? Big Wind? Bring the peacocks in and heck with the guineas. (So would they end up at SP's, WTS's or Briars place?)
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84. PugetSoundPost
4:14 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
I'm happy to see you have some weather action on the way, finally! I hope it pans out for you to actually happen! lol! Hang on tight and put on those rain pants!!
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83. WeatherWise
1:07 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hi Calpoppy! Your biscotti sounds great - I would never have thought it to easy. Do you have a special recipe? I have been busy chasing cardinals, lately.
Have a good rest of the week!
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82. Ylee
4:14 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Batten down the hatches well, cal! Don't want you blown to Central California! :' )
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81. calpoppy
3:03 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
here is what NWS says about storm number 2.

Long term (fri-tue)...
with barely anytime to breath between storms...storm number two will
March into the area after midnight Friday. Propelled by a 180+ knots
jet the Gulf of Alaska low will eject and speed south southeastward
and a cold 527 dm cut off is forecast to form 400 nm west of the Bay
area by dawn Friday. Wet SW flow energized by a 125 knots jet. Heavy
rain will move into slo/sba and vta counties by dawn a 130 knots jet
core will be over the city of Santa Barbara. Its not as diffluent as
earlier forecast but there will be plenty of energy for thunderstorms and heavy
rain. Low level wind sheer will even be favorable for waterspouts
and EF0 tornadoes. Straight line winds will likely be of more
concern and would not be surprised to see some 60 to 70 miles per hour gusts in
the mountains the 900 am to 3 PM time frame will be the most dangerous
for all of the recent burn areas as high intensity rainfall is
likely. All models except the GFS keep a moderate rain event going on
through the overnight hours into Saturday. The cold core of the
upper low moves through the area late Saturday morning and afternoon
and this should make for enough instability to keep the risk of
thunderstorms going. The GFS ends the rain Saturday afternoon but the ec
keeps it going into Sunday morning and will favor the ec solution for
now.

Snow levels will start out over 7000 feet but will lower to 5000
feet Saturday. Snowfall amounts over 7000 feet will be impressive
with 1 to 3 feet likely and half foot to 1 foot amounts between 6000
and 7000 feet.

Rainfall totals Friday through Saturday will be impressive with 1-3
inch totals for most valleys and coasts (heaviest near the
foothills). Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are possible higher up the
mountain slopes with local 8 inch totals possible across the most
favored south facing slopes (santa ynex range and opids camp).

LOL, Briar!!


I am scared Briar!! What if I get wet or something like that ;) TNT are one of the first dogs I have ever had that are not scared by thunder!! Or gunshots for that matter. Oh and they aren't scared of the canister vacuum we have either. But they aren't really happy in the car. They just lay down and pretend they are somewhere else, LOL!

Round number one comes in tonight, but the biggest storm we have had in two years comes in Friday. We will be busy today making sure that things are battened down. There is always something that is loose and flies away. The wind is supposed to be bad! One year it was our neighbors metal roof, I watched in fly by our place. Luckily no one was hurt, probably because there is no one out here, LOL!
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80. BriarCraft
10:53 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
Hey, you there in Fantasylandia! I think maybe some water might be going to fall out of the sky over your head pretty soon.

Oh no! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!!!



Don't worry Henny Penny. It's all right. It's only water. And maybe some loud booming noises (thunder), which TNT won't like.
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79. calpoppy
9:27 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
HI Ylee! I am at 4200' so I think we will be good. Snow is okay, hard frost is bad!!!

Hi WTS! Most of my rain for the year was from the Monsoooon! We would be below LA's rain total if not for that.

Hi PSP! My friend in Poulsbo said she got 4" of rain the other day, she wants to trade our weather. Maybe I will be able to use my rain pants for the upcoming deluge ;) We still need to hike with the pups or they would drive us crazy, rain or snow or shine!!

Just made some biscotti, it came out very good indeed!!! And very easy:)
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78. PugetSoundPost
5:12 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Looks like a LOT of chances of rain coming up for you! I hope it isn't like our snow forecast - you see a lot of possibilities, only to have them evaporate. Cold rain for us the last few days. Around 40 and murky rain. But I think we are scheduled to dry a bit in the coming days, setting it up for the rain to head south!
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77. WatchinTheSky
11:03 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
One of my desert willows is completely leafed out, the other is starting, but we are past any freeze/frost danger here.
The rabbits here don't trim the deer grass, guess that's why they don't call it rabbit grass LOL ;)

We only 'hate' the nice winter weather because it's our one good shot at rain, unlike most everywhere else, though you do still get the monsooon ;)

So you're about 1000' feet below our projected snowline, but you're further north - maybe some flurries??
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76. Ylee
9:14 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
I swear I thought I posted, lol! Are you above 4500' elevation? I hope all your greenery doesn't get bit! :(
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75. calpoppy
3:05 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
Hi Bug! You certainly have some beautiful native plants! I tried growing a PawPaw when I lived in the mountains, it was pretty slow and never flourished. The persimmon has beautiful fall color and is quite a pretty tree, and makes very good cookies, LOL!

Hi WTS! People must think we are crazy hating all this nice weather, LOL!!!

I gave my Blue Gamma grass a haircut too! Nice to have all green instead of a mixture of brown and green. My Mexican feather grass never went brown, but then it is trimmed by the rabbits on a regular basis.

Everything is leafing out, would not be good to get a hard frost at this stage of growth. I think this is the earliest I have seen my trees leaf out!!!
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74. WatchinTheSky
11:09 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
TOTALLY ready for some REAL rain! Heck, even a little drizzle at thus point ;) 80 today and humidity in the 20s, what is this - August? TV weather people think we will get an inch, that would be nice! One thinks we'll get snow down to 4500. Think you'll get some as it wraps up? I gave all my deer grass a buzz cut in anticipation of the rain, time for it to green up :)
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73. palmettobug53
6:50 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
LOL at the guineas at the kitchen window. That's enough to unnerve anyone!

There was a article in the Home and Garden section of today's Sunday paper about native fruit trees and shrubs. Going Native.

The author of that article, Lee Reich, has a website: Link. I've never run across him before but a quick glance at his recent blogs was interesting.

S.C. Native Plant Society
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72. calpoppy
6:10 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
WTS are your ready for some RAIN, maybe???
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71. calpoppy
6:09 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
Hi Ylee! I think the inventor of the new states forgot a few counties, like WTS' San Diego county, but who is counting counties! I think I would be in South California but then I could be in west California which really should be called Fantasylandia. I do like Upper lower, BAJAHAHA!! But then everyone would want to live in Silicone Valley because there would be a big tax base there, and high paying jobs. I would call it FB California! My area could be called Desertratafornia!

Hi WW! Shirley Poppies are a very pretty variety! Keep trying those. What a scary site to see a Guinea on your patio, LOL! Mine are all the Pearls like the guinea in your picture. They are noisy and bossy, and I am sorry I ever got them, LOL!!

Hi Sandi! With your clay soil your area must be a lake now, so yes rice is the new native plant for UK! You need to get a large straw hat to start planting your rice seeds!

Not much going on right now, starting to plan another trip to the Mojave preserve, then work on a Montana trip. Also some Eastern Sierra 3 day trips. Right now I am off to take pics of one of the tiny poppies that is blooming nicely!
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70. WatchinTheSky
5:33 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
'North Baha' - There are many here saying that is what has happened! How about Upper Baja? (Baja means lower) Upper Lower LOL ;)
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69. Ylee
2:55 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
North Baha? :' )
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68. WatchinTheSky
12:04 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Yeah, OK - maybe 56 would work ;)
I would vote for 'Awesomelandia' but that's just me LOL!! But then, maybe 'Dry Parchedlandia' is more appropriate ;)

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67. sandiquiz
2:02 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
I was thinking about your native plant blog when I took a walk around the housing estate yesterday, in a break in the rain!

Does growing rice constitute a native plant! We certainly have the right conditions for growing rice at the moment!!
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