SanDiegoTreeMap.org. Just thought I would point out this website again. This online resource is full of information about trees in San Diego, and I think this is one of THE greatest resources out there! I use it frequently on my walks to identify trees I see around town.
I’m not sure how they figure all of this out, but it’s impressive. City governments and a few other agencies have done the bulk of the work inputting trees, but you can sign up and add a tree to the list, or just add information to existing trees already on the site. Pictures can be uploaded, too. I added the Deodur cedar tree in my front yard to the map.
When you log onto the site, you can search for trees by species, or you can search by particular address. The site show 332,010 trees input in the system as of today. There is value in those trees! The site states the value in dollar amounts for the different benefits that our trees bring to our community including the following:
24,621,928 lbs CO2 reduced
60,826 lbs pollutants reduced
10,996,793 kWh conserved
Anyway, who really needs a reason to plant a tree? Just do it!!!
“The tree remains, but not the hand that planted it.” – Irish saying
Planting seeds are a goal I have set for my garden this year. It’s cost-effective and the varieties I can grow are much more diverse than what I typically find in nurseries. My seeds are growing and I should be planting them in the ground soon. Time to start another group. I’m trying to stagger plantings every three weeks. So far, this is what I’ve gotten started. I’ve also started sunflowers and cherry tomatoes.
Last week’s Flower Show went smoothly and we had a great turnout of entries. Every year there is one plant that is extraordinary, that stops me in my tracks. This year that happened when one of the show vendors, Walter Parkola of Blossom Valley Protea, brought in a blooming stalk of flowers that was like nothing I’d seen before. Walter posted a little sign with the stalk so people would know it was real, not faux flowers!
The Puya alpestris aka Pitcairnia alpestris or Sapphire Tower, looks like a grass, but is actually a bromeliad. This plant is a great choice for xeriscape plantings. It grows in full sun or part shade, and is drought tolerant. This flower stalk blooms out of the middle of a clump of skinny, sharp blades with teeth!
I couldn’t get over the color of the flowers, sort of a bright, steely blue-green, which, although you can see the unusual color, my camera didn’t fully capture it to do it justice. Anyway, it was a show-stopper. Absolutely spectacular and the focus of a lot of attention and conversation amongst flower show attendees.
Thanks to Walter Parkola for sharing his incredible specimen at the show!
I was tidying up in my garden the other day. I pulled out some celery that had been attacked by little white bugs, and cleaned up another bed that was overgrown with lobelia. The celery/bug infestation was bad enough but when I pulled out a big chunk of lobelia I found all these caterpillars lurking [...]
I’ll be busy this week getting ready for the annual Coronado Flower Show. Should be a great show this year! Doesn’t matter where you live: Great practical advice from Delaware Master Gardeners I’ve got plenty for the ladybugs to eat in my garden, but I’ve got to get them here: Attracting ladybugs Here’s a great [...]
The last few weeks my garden has transformed from a tidy raised beds to overgrown lettuce, and arugula going to seed. It’s actually very pretty to see everything looking a little wild out there! While I’m sad to watch my fresh salad greens depart until the fall, I’m excited to get the next batch of [...]
Well, I spent yesterday, all day, in my yard in preparation for the annual Home Front Judging. It’s looking good out there! May the best yard win! In case you haven’t seen this list in awhile, Farmer’s Markets are all over San Diego. The bee die-off is a concern, and there are different theories out [...]