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Grasses in the Point Pinole Meadow

The fishing pier is a popular destination at Point Pinole, as are the eucalyptus forests and the bluff overlooking San Pablo Bay and the salt marshes. But the…

Salvia apiana (White Sage)

A California native plant. I wrote about this in “My Artemsia,” an essay appearing soon.

Fuschia flowers

This fuschia plant was present on our property when we moved in. I don’t know what kind of fuschia it might be. It has suffered considerable neglect, yet…

Papaver rhoeas ‘Falling in Love’

Papaver rhoeas ‘Falling in Love’

Acca sellowiana (Pineapple Guava)

Papaver rhoeas ‘Falling in Love’


Verbena lilacina (Lilac Verbena)

With Artemisia californica (California Sagebrush), Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy), and Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy).

Pipevine swallowtail butterfly

Our native California Pipevine butterfly, Battus philenor, is a handsome swallowtail notable for its deep iridescent blue color decorated with orange and white polka dots. It favors coastal scrub and…

Chestnut-backed chickadee

Chestnut-backed chickadee (Poecile rufescens).

Gruss an Aachen rose

Grüss an Aachen Rose

This has been a good year so far for the Grüss an Aachen rose.  

Aloe flower

After many years, our aloe has started to flower. I would have said it was an aloe vera, but according to SFGate, those flowers are yellow. The plant…

Scrub Jay

Monarch on asclepias

Ferry Point, Richmond

In recent decades Richmond has been aggressively developing its waterfront. Brickyard Cove, near Ferry Point, was once the location of a brick-making plant that used materials quarried from…

Stipa arundinacea (New Zealand Wind Grass)

Stipa arundinacea is one of my favorite nonnative landscape plants for our area. I like its copper coloration, its fountainlike shape, its toughess, its low maintenance, and the…

Point Pinole

This is a test of making a post sticky for a tag. At the moment this is only a test. Soon I will elaborate this tag.

Point Pinole Pier

Point Pinole pier with toyon bush in foreground.

Watch out, songbirds!

A dashing new visitor to the garden.

Red Rock Island

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The little island to the left of the bridge is Red Rock Island, the only privately owned island in the bay. It marks the meeting…

Study View

The small north garden has become a favorite bird habitat. The spiky foreground plants are asparagus ferns. The orange flowers are Iochroma coccinea, beloved of hummingbirds, and perching…

Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ (Angel’s Trumpet).

White-Crowned Sparrows