September 29, 2018

It's almost October and yet we're just past the peak of produce growing in our backyard.

This September has had the lowest temperatures that I can remember in all of my 20+ years here in the Bay Area. Usually September is the hot and humid month, but not this year.

I'm n...

September 27, 2018

This is one of the beautiful, larger than life murals by Brooklyn based-artist George Boorujy in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York.

The mural project's purpose is bring the message of climate change's impact on the declining population of many bird species:


September 26, 2018

It's always fun at Annie's parties.

There is live music, all kinds of prizes, and you're surrounded by all those lovely plants.

September 25, 2018

We are still busy raising the last group of monarch caterpillars we brought indoors when they were just eggs on milkweed cuttings.

We released this past weekend a total of four monarch butterflies, two females and two males.

Meanwhile, out in the backyard there are also...

September 21, 2018

We had a pretty good-sized infestation of little orange aphids in the backyard, particularly on two of our larger narrow leaf milkweed plants.

Yes, they are part of nature, too, but these aphids basically suck the life out of the milkweed plants.

Fortunately we also have...

September 21, 2018

These days the sunsets are so dramatic.

And since we live higher up in the hills we are so lucky to see this show every evening.

Of course, there's the downside to this.

The air quality is "moderate", not good due to particle pollution from all of the California fires.


September 18, 2018

This past weekend we released a record amount of seven monarchs.

Two females emerged and were released on Saturday afternoon.

Two more male butterflies emerged that day, but by the time they would have been ready to release there weren't enough warm, sunny hours remainin...

September 17, 2018

  Annie's always have such great, informative events!

September 15, 2018

We released another monarch female two days ago.

She eclosed around 8.30 am but wasn't ready to be released until after 2 pm.

Sometimes newly emerged monarchs are moving around in their "nursery" mesh cages within two or three hours, flexing their wings, ready to go.


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