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WILDFLOWER ITINERARIES: Picchetti Ranch

A beautiful wildflower day at Picchetti Ranch!

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PLANT ITINERARIES: Milkweed & Redwood Sorrel

Found and planted Narrow Leaf Milkweed… Showy Milkweed… and Redwood sorrel for a light science experiment 🙂

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MOVIE NIGHT: Little Big Voice

Sweet family movie… post WWII Austria… couldn’t help noticing similarities with our times… hopefully learning from history… a film and song to remember!

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PLANT ITINERARIES: March Valentine!

Missed it in February… found it in March… for hummingbirds… and a late birthday present… and a few more native beauties: Mimulus ‘Valentine’ – Red Valentine Monkeyflower Penstemon eatonii – Firecracker Penstemon Golden Yarrow – Eriophyllum confertiflorum Lewisia cotyledon ‘Elise … Continue reading

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MOVIE NIGHT: I Am Eleven

We’ve made it… or rather watched it… second time… on the last day before little kitty’s 12th birthday! Enjoyed it as much as the first time, this is a movie to stay with us!

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CALIFORNIA: Monarch Butterflies

Are We Watching the End of the Monarch Butterfly? Create Habitat for Monarchs Growing Milkweed from Seed #SaveMilkweedSaveMonarchs Planting Challenge The Four Biggest Hazards Facing Monarch Butterflies, and How You Can Help Western Monarch Call to Action Native Milkweed Planting … Continue reading

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CALIFORNIA: State Insect

Virtual travel from Japan to California brought up the topic of the state symbols… like, the official State Insect of California? The California dogface butterfly or dog head (Zerene eurydice) was designated the official State Insect in 1972. The butterfly … Continue reading

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CITINERARY: Hakone

Founded in 1969, IT is the first outdoor, open-air museum of art in Japan. IT creates a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting sculptures with views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The permanent collection is comprised of … Continue reading

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MOVIE NIGHT: Friends Forever

Blutsbrüder teilen alles Our Big Time Set in the midst of World War 2 and interspersed with beautiful choir music, the horrors of the war unfold when the Germans realized one of the boys in the choir is a Jew … Continue reading

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CUPERTINO: Apple Park

Finally made it to the Apple Park Visitor Center… main reason being the Apple Park and the California native plants… and a beautiful park it is with so many manzanitas in bloom!  While at the Visitor Center we’ve augmented our … Continue reading

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