Carousing with Cacti in Anza-Borrego

I’ve been posting about the amazing desert sunflowers and dandelions we saw on our wildflowerpalooza trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park back in March 2019, but being a desert and all you may have wondered if we were just going to ignore our stabby friends the cacti. We could never do that. These first picsContinue reading “Carousing with Cacti in Anza-Borrego”

Grow Your Own Pineapple

Way back in 2009 I must have read somewhere on the interwebs that you could propagate a pineapple using a pineapple from the grocery store. There’s the weird picture montage I made about it years ago. Last summer while trapped in the house I started a pineapple again since we were going through them likeContinue reading “Grow Your Own Pineapple”

Salvation Mountain

Sometimes we take a break from plants and go visit other cool places. Matti and I both love roadside attractions and Salvation Mountain was one we’d been wanting to see for awhile. We watched a documentary on PBS called Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (it’s narrated by John Waters and so good) whenContinue reading “Salvation Mountain”

Desert Dandelions in Anza-Borrego

Our second stop on the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park wildflowerpalooza trip after checking out the desert sunflowers was on Di Georgio Road to see the desert dandelions (Malacothrix glabrata) blooming all over the place. Two years earlier the famous desert super bloom happened, but we were still pretty darn impressed for our first visit. Zoe’sContinue reading “Desert Dandelions in Anza-Borrego”

A-Z Annuals at Klein’s

Guess what?!? We’re moving back to Madison, Wisconsin this summer. We won’t be back in time to start our own garden, as we’ll be back at the end June. Zoe and I are taking Amtrak. I love the heck out of tons of drought tolerant plants, but I’m looking forward to living in a placeContinue reading “A-Z Annuals at Klein’s”

Sweet, Sweet, Succulent Wagon

It’s hard to believe it’s been over ten years since I first jammed some extra succulent cuttings in a wagon we snagged at a garage sale for super cheap, or maybe even nabbed it off the street I don’t remember. I’m not going to make you look at the boring picture of it with holesContinue reading “Sweet, Sweet, Succulent Wagon”

California Carnivores, We’re Sad

We got the email that California Carnivores is shutting the doors to the public. It was twenty minutes after I discovered they have a newish TikTok account, which lessened the blow. They also have a YouTube channel with all kinds of excellent info about making your own bog garden and growing all kinds of carnies,Continue reading “California Carnivores, We’re Sad”

Desert Sunflowers in Anza-Borrego

After we hit up the wildflowers at Lake Elsinore we headed to Borrego Springs, CA for the first time to check out the desert blooms. Our first big bloom sighting in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was this amazing span of desert sunflowers. This is embarrassing, but I almost wrote an entire blog post about theContinue reading “Desert Sunflowers in Anza-Borrego”

Sleeping Antelope Valley Poppies

One of the best spots to see mass quantities of California poppies (Eschscholtzia californica)) every spring is Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve near Lancaster in Southern California. Sometimes nature/timing does not cooperate though. Poppies can be little jerks and decide it’s not sunny/early enough in the day to be open in a giant orange mass ifContinue reading “Sleeping Antelope Valley Poppies”