A typical summer day in Los Angeles with bright blue cloudless skies and single digit humidity. While most of the vegetation in Griffith Park is Chaparrel shrub you will see an occassional Sycamore, Oak or Sumac tree. Here is a native Sycamore tree that stands alone along side hiking and riding trails. Obviously, flip [...]
A spider thinks it is blending in with the color of a leaf. It did not escape my eye however and provided a great example of insect camouflage. The story continues below.
A few years ago while I was on one of my many Costa Rica study trips I took to the jungle early one morning on what had become part of my daily routine. As I was hiking along a narrow winding trail deep in the sub-canopy of trees and shrubs I began to notice how [...]
Though droughts are cyclic, this recent drought in a cypress swamp in Apalachee National Forest, just outside Tallahassee Florida in the spring of 2008 shows the water line to be 5 feet above what appears to be a stable ground. I found out the hard way by bogging up to my thighs in mud [...]
Where in the world am I? Can you name the Country, Provence, State, National Park and mountain range? Maybe all or only a few of these listed specifics may apply to my where-abouts! Good luck! For the latest update on “Where in the world is Mike”, check out projectgreenscaping.
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Poinsettia are native to Mexico and Guatemala and were first introduced into the United States in 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett. And has come to symbolize a holiday tradition during the Christmas season. Their leaves are dark green with colorful bracts (psuedo-leaves) ranging in multiple colors of red, white, pinks and marbled. The flowers [...]
In order to have balance in the garden it is important to know that increasing plant diversity will increase insect diversity as well. Instead of reaching for the pesticide sprays to eradicate what may appear to be an infestation introduce “companion” plants, (these are plants that complement other plants) by diverting the pests from your [...]
Heliconia Imbricata. A native species found in the Caribbean rain forest lowlands of Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Columbia. Be sure to check out other posted Costa Rica stories on plants and insects at projectgreenscaping.….”your sure to be bugged”.
photo credit: Mike Brown
Heliconia are exotic tropical plants with a variety of colorful and unusual shaped bracts or inflorescence (flowers). They typically do best in tropical humid environments but a few species will do well in higher elevations where rainfall is less than the lowland species. When I was designing landscapes in south Florida, Heliconia became a part [...]