Growing herbs is a way to grow plants with many uses. With limited space and restricted water, we want to grow plants to pull double duty. Creating a garden that is beautiful and useful is easier than you think. With the right choices, you could have a garden that produces edible flowers and plants, attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and is easy to plant and grow, requiring less water, and rarely has insect problems.Read More
Last year, a forest fire in northern Santa Cruz county, the CZU lightning complex fire, burned 86,000 acres. It was stopped as it reached the University of California, Santa Cruz campus north of Santa Cruz, where we live. As we are again in fire season, we felt it would be a good time to post a few photos we took of the area that was devistated by the fire last year.Read More
Many of the plants in our garden produce edible flowers. We espcially like the herbs that produce flowers, because they taste like the herb. The herbs with delicate white flowers look great in a salad or added to other dishes or even drinks. Herbs are also easy to grow, drought tolerant, and attract hummingbirds and butterflies as well as being beneficial to honey bees.Read More
We love the variety of butterflies in the yard this year. This is the Common Buckeye Butterfly, Junonia coenia, that despite the name, we have rarely seen.Read More
We are growing milkweed in our garden this year for the Monarch butterfly, and we have never seen so many butterflies.Read More
We rarely see a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus) in our area, so it was surprising when we saw this one in our garden.Read More
We made some changes in the garden this year, intentionally planting flowers for hummingbirds. Early in the spring we planted lots of flowering plants that attract hummingbirds and now have a variety of different colored birds that visit the yard. We try to provide natural food for them instead of using a hummingbird feeder.Read More
Honey bee populations are on the decline, and it helps to plant flowers that provide food for them. They need both nectar and pollen, so we have planted a variety of flowers. So, this year we we have been researching what plants they need and are planning on planting flowers for the honeybees next year.Read More
We had a goal this year of planting part of the garden as a butterfly garden, so we have chosen some flowers with the butterflies in mind. They are visiting more this year than ever, so it definitely works!Read More
Just after a rain is a perfect time for photographing mushrooms in the Santa Cruz hills. We only hunt them for photographs, and are not foraging.Read More
These are some of Tony’s best photos of seabirds taken in Santa Cruz, California. Many of them are from Seacliff State Beach.Read More
Fall foliage in the Hope Valley in California.Read More
It would be hard to find a prettier fall location or friendlier people than in Vermont.
The island of Maui in Hawaii is an incredible location to photograph nature. Just the variety of flowers is impressive. One of the most memorable things about a trip to the islands.Read More
The Berkshires have a special look that makes you think of pumpkin pie and simpler times.
Traveling in Vermont – stopping whenever we wanted…