Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Odds and ends from this week…


About the time we started working on our garden four years ago, a terrific book was published called California Native Plants for the Garden, by Bornstein, Fross, and O’Brien. The best section for novices such as ourselves, was the one called “Recommended Plant Selection.” Here, the authors list categories of plants (trees, shrubs, perennials,grasses, etc.) according to categories (allergenic plants, bank cover, fall foliage, hummingbirds, meadows, etc. ) We had a corner next to our gate that was needing something to climb on it. The trouble was that we have deer on the perimeter of our garden so any part of the plant growing on the exterior of the gate would be vulnerable to being someone’s lunch. Because of the way the book is organized, we were easily able to determine that our only choices were clematis and Dutchman’s pipe. After a couple years of casually looking, last year we found the Dutchman’s pipe at California Flora Nursery near Santa Rosa. I kept checking it since we planted it, because, wouldn’t you know, it has a unique Swallowtail butterfly that only lays its eggs on the underside of its leaves so I had to check under the leaves each time I went out the door. The leaves have come back strong this spring, and I noticed this week that we have flowers. Pipes on the pipe vine!. This is Terry’s picture.

California Dutchman's Pipe, Aristolochia californica

No eggs, larvae, or butterflies, but April is still in front of us and if this is the year for flowers, maybe it is also the year for those. By chance, the Chronicle had this article about pipe vines this morning. Here is the link.

Plus here is the male kestrel Terry released this morning after his recovery from an injury. (It had a fractured keel bone.) It is difficult getting pictures in the aviary, but maybe you can compare the markings enough to see the difference from the female he had a few weeks ago. Godspeed little guy…

Male Kestrel

Male Kestrel

Female Kestrel

Author: loisreynoldsmead


2 thoughts on “Odds and ends from this week…

  1. When I lived at 37th and Mt. View in San Bdno, I walked early in the morning. For several mornings I was “accompanied” by a little hawk who would be calling from the top of a utility pole out in front of my apartment. Then he would walk with me—honestly! He would fly on down to the next pole and on and on. What an honor! I don’t remember how long this lasted, but I looked forward to his following along as I walked over toward the Arrowhead Country Club.

  2. Wonderful! Terry’s first baby barn owl was in that house in Redlands. It had fallen out of the nest too early and someone brought it into the county museum. My brother brought it to Terry who kept it in one of the sleeping porches upstairs in that old Victorian. When it was big enough and knew how to catch live mice, we opened the screened window and it flew out into Smiley Park.

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