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Though the home range of Umbellularia californica is not particularly large, the plant is known by many common names, including California bay, bay laurel, pepperwood, and Oregon myrtle. This tree is native to the coast of California, southwest Oregon, and the lower western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. It is often found in forests and woodlands with other trees such as coast live oak and coast redwood.
Growing a butterfly garden often includes a variety of nectar plants such as zinnia, pentsemon, scabiosa, zinnia, milkweeds, coneflower and many others. There is nothing sweeter than watching flitting and floating butterflies cruising through the garden. These flowering plants provide food for the adult butterflies, but what about the caterpillar stages?
This is one of the earlier books to address the need for conserving water. Today we look for "drought-tolerant" plants if... Read more »
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0000: Today's Hortiscope: It's hot and humid, but now's the time to replace the plastic plant markers with something more permanent. You'll be glad you did.
1763: Peter (or Pehr) Forsskal (also spelled Forskaol, Forskal, Forsskahl), Swedish explorer, died of malaria at age 31 while in Yemen. As a student at Uppsala, he was among Linnaeus' proteges, and would later take part in a Danish royal expedition through the Ottoman Empire, exploring Egypt and Arabia and collect botanical and zoological specimen. Several species are named for him.
1774: Robert Jameson, Scottish naturalist was born in Leith, near Edinburgh. He taught Darwin and became Regius Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh University.
1899: Elwyn Brooks (E.B.) White, American author, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He would publish"Stuart Little" and "Charlotte's Web", beloved children's books that featured animals. His wife, Katharine Sergeant Angell White, was a gardener who wrote "Onward and Upward in the Garden."
2003: Missouri declared the Norton (Cynthiana) grape the official state grape.