Category Archives: California Natives

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 pics […]

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’s […]

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 the […]

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 if […]

North Table Mountain Madness

Hey there! It’s been a long time since we last blogged and as you can see much of our old blog is gone and replaced with only our most popular posts and weird t-shirts for sale. Well, I’ve had it with Facebook and Instagram, so we’re bringing it back to our own web page. After […]

Lake Elsinore Wildflower Fun

Last March we hopped in the car and headed south in search of California wildflowers during Zoe’s Spring Break, and we’ve never seen anything like it. Our first stop was Lake Elsinore where we stayed at the second sketchiest motel we’ve ever stayed in (ask Matti about my 35th birthday in middle of nowhere Utah for […]

Timtastic’s Fantastic Butterflies

It’s been forever since we blogged, but we’re going to take a stab at doing it again on a somewhat regular basis. I still have plenty to say about plants. Last April we had the honor of visiting our friend Tim’s magical butterfly world. Tim has since become butterfly internet famous, and we’re so proud. […]

California Poppy Makeover Party

This is the story of how we turned our weedy strip next to the driveway we called “Poop Alley” in to a flowery fun place for super cheap when we lived in Oakland in 2014. It’s almost the time of year to start tossing around the California native annual seeds for the rains to get them going. […]

Dudleyas, Dudleyas, Dudleyas

Love the hanging baskets of Dudleya and Lewisia at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. I want it hanging in my backyard. SBBG has one of the best collections of Dudleya around. I want them all. Get more Dudleya action from our last trip to SBBG here.

Butterfly in the Sky

Three years ago I tracked down an Aristolochia californica from Bay Natives at the SF Garden Show. I had dreams of Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars chomping on it, but so far they haven’t found it. I’ve heard it can take years… unless you get an awesome flickr message offering up babies in exchange for some food cuttings. On […]