Katherine@katheward

drylands gardener working at strengthening what remains, people-plant connections, #adjunct, single mom, grandmother, Rainshadow Farm, Mojave Desert

Creosote abloom and setting seed.


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Hidden fruit.


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And I laid myself down underneath this huge oak and was comforted. 💕🌿🌳❤️


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Channel Island bush poppy


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Mallows in the wind.


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Rainshadow Farm Sunday happenings. Elder Mother; ocotillo; honey mesquite; cheesbush. All abloom. ❤️


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And some more. Baby Echinacea. The apple cuttings are happy. California poppies; basket of spring flowers; apricots (may they survive the winds); and yarrow is sprouting in the yarrow spot.


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What nature has done here while I've been feeling down. We've got a baby honey mesquite and her mother; desert wild grape (with little buds!); big berry manzanita with some little berries; a hybrid grape (desert wild + table grape) that's reasonably drought tolerant; a mulberry shrub that leaves out late this week; and the lovely evening primrose. My son has been applying water in the wind and higher temps. ❤️


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Surfers really do look like seals out there.


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Cultivars. The wisteria is is looking a little...small this spring. Starting lemon balm in pots this year. It's not that I don't want to share with the ground squirrels, this is the only way I can share with them! I'm letting one raised bed go wild for them. We'll see what happens there.


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More seasonal changes: Mojave mound cactus blooming overnight; manzanita (A. glauca); elderberry; some yarrow; desert wild grape leafing out. Growing native and desert plant isn't as easy as I used to think. Complex relationships with us, all facets of the environment around us, all in relationship together. It doesn't happen in a single season.


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