• Sierra Foothills

    A profusion of Pretty Face

    by  • May 19, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring • 12 Comments

    Pretty Face, Triteleia ixioides Sunny starry yellow, Pretty Face is sometimes called Golden brodiaea or Golden Stars, and is native to California, appearing only slightly beyond the borders, according to CalFlora. This variety, found on our place and all through the Oakhurst Yosemite area, may be Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra or Foothill Pretty Face. This pretty bulb first shows...

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    Lester Rowntree, a hardy Californian

    by  • May 1, 2011 • Garden, History, Sierra Foothills, Wildlife • 3 Comments

    After her car could go no higher, Lester Rowntree would be accompanied by burro or mule.

    Why do they do it? Not for fortune or fame–few outside native plant circles know who they are.  People like Lester Rowntree, a plant explorer extraordinaire, who traveled the length and breadth of California to find and record the locations and characteristics of California native plants simply lived for this ‘doing.’ When’s the last time you...

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    How Peckinpah Mountain got its name

    by  • March 15, 2011 • History, Sierra Foothills • 11 Comments

    After establishing our home on  Malum Ridge, looking out onto Peckinpah Mountain, I heard from neighbors about the  logging history in our town of North Fork, CA.  I became curious about the Peckinpah name and being a bit of a history buff, I decided to dig a bit further. This is what I found. Peckinpah Mountain rises...

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