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Update to Nemacladus tenuis Hook Pattern Design

We aren’t botanists, but we strive for botanical accuracy in our flower designs. It’s a tricky business when you’re dealing with slightly obscure flowers. So imagine our delight/horror/gratitude when a customer DM’d us about an inaccuracy in one of our designs! [Gasp!] This lovely customer said she loved the Nemacladus tenuis Hook Pattern Design, but the flowers were oriented incorrectly. When I responded thanking her for her keen observation, she said her master’s thesis paper was on Nemacladus. On her committee was Nancy Morin, author of Flora of North America North of Mexico and THE expert on Nemacladus. Well, you don’t hear that every day!! Even Tom Chester’s page on Nemacladus features pictures taken by Nancy Morin.[1]Tom Chester: Nemacladus O…M…G…!

Anyway, the N. tenuis flowers in our design are oriented in the same way as our Nemacladus rubescens design[2]TLB Nemacladus rubescens design, i.e., with the “wing” petals pointing down. According to our customer, the flower is resupinate[3]Resupination (or, as Jepson describes it inverted[4]Nemacladus tenuis, Jepson). Essentially, the flower is upside down. She writes:

N. tenuis used to be considered a variant of N. rubescens, and is closely related.I n the past, determinations were made based on dried material… They didn’t know about the resupination, or inverted trait. This trait seems to have some phylogenetic importance, but has evolved numerous times in the genus.

I don’t understand what that all means, but it IS exciting. lol. Who knew botany could be so riveting? For all those non-botany fanatics out there, the Flora of North America is an on-going series of publications covering, uh, flowers north of Mexico. It started three decades ago and isn’t yet complete! I’m still waiting for Flora of North America, volume 18 because that’s the one with Nemacladus[5]Flora of North America website, volume guide

What this means for us is two things: 1) we now have a friend for life, and 2) we need to update the design to reflect the resupination of N. tenuis’s flowers. 🙃

You can find Nemacladus on apparel and decor in our Lazy Beetle Etsy shop!

By |2021-01-13T19:18:17-08:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flower Design, Stories|Comments Off on Update to Nemacladus tenuis Hook Pattern Design

The Path of Ahiṃsā, and ‘Harm Less’

We made a design for Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा) in the Devanagari Script (देवनागरी), and then we put the design on a shirt. A simple two color print with a graffiti-based style. So? What’s the story, morning glory?

What is Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा)?

Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), is the Sanskrit word for ‘non-violence’. The word is specific to Sanskrit, one of the underpinning languages for the philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is a word composed of a prefix ‘a’ (अ) and a roothiṁs’ (हिंस्) (as described by the rules of Sanskrit grammar).

The word Ahimsa—sometimes spelled Ahinsa[2][16]—is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs, meaning to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, while a-hiṃsā, its opposite, is non-harming or nonviolence.[2][17]


Being familiar with the basics: language, etymology, the actual location in canonical texts, are simple ways to set the stage for study. Bringing these practices into a practical routine is a subtle way of transforming habits for the better and making everybody’s Kali Yuga (कलियुग) a little gentler… Onward and upward!

Where is the word Ahimsa (अहिंसा) used in Hinduism?

In Hinduism, Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), can be found in the Vedas (Rigveda: ऋग्वेदः), Yajurveda,: यजुर्वेदः) and in the Upanishads (Chāndogya Upaniṣad: छान्दोग्योपनिषद्, Sandilya Upanishad: शाण्डिल्य उपनिषत्). It is also featured in the Mahabharata and documents concerning Yoga (one of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism), specifically the Yoga Sutras (2.30-35) and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika(1.16).

Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), in Devanagri (देवनागरी)script.

Where is the word Ahimsa (अहिंसा) used in Buddhism?

The Buddhist ‘Five Precepts‘ from the Dhammika Sutta has non-harm listed as the first of five guidelines. For the laymen of Buddhism, non-harm is a guideline. However, for monks and nuns, transgressing against the rule of non-violence may result in severe punishment… It is also a frequent subject in the Buddha’s discourses and stories. Since Buddhism has a range of languages representing the canon of work, it’s worthwhile to mention that the cognate of ahimsa in Pali is ‘avihiṃsā‘. It is also noteworthy that in Buddhist thought, the concept of non-harm extends to economics and trade (Anguttara Nikaya V177).

These five trades, O monks, should not be taken up by a lay follower: trading with weapons, trading in living beings, trading in meat, trading in intoxicants, trading in poison.

Anguttara Nikaya V.177, Translated by Martine Batchelor[115]

Up next? Jainism… The folks that went straight edge on non-violence… enjoy!

By |2020-12-30T23:39:44-08:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Language, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Path of Ahiṃsā, and ‘Harm Less’

Design: Nemacladus Rubescens

The second design in the botanical illustration series of desert flowers: Nemacladus rubescens. This tiny flower sure does pack a punch!

Nemacladus rubescens

Nemacladus rubescens

There is SO much going on with this little flower. Just check out the Jepson Herbarium’s description of Nemacladus Rubescens.

While they are not “rare,” due to their size, they are hard to find. A great resource for locating California native plants is Calflora, which shows the distribution of Nemacladus Rubescens based on observations.

For amazing macro shots of Nemacladus and illustrations of its anatomy, check out (the appropriately subtitled) Minute Beautiful Wildflowers That Are Difficult To Photograph. The same website provides a possible explanation of the “glistening cells” that are so distinctive to Nemcladus. Possibly to attract insects, as seen by these bees and wasps.

But wait, there’s more! More photographs from a different siting location, Henderson Canyon. And then there are watercolor botanical illustrations of three species of Nemacladus, including rubescens. And multiple species of Nemacladus on Tom Chester’s website.

Happy Nemacladus!

By |2019-07-19T09:41:54-08:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flower Design|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Design: Nemacladus Rubescens

Up Thomas Mountain in early May, 2018

When we camped up on Thomas Mountain a couple weeks ago, we saw a fuzzy plant near our tent that was just starting to bud. We had no idea what it was. Actually, we still have no idea what it is, even after returning to find the flower!

And that’s not all that’s flowering up the mountain. We captured what we could and will return to take more pictures.

One of the first flowers we encountered was this pink flower. It looks like a primrose… It was early in the morning (and cold) so it wasn’t fully open.

Next, we saw a cluster of these little yellow flowers. I’m pretty sure it’s not chinchweed… 

As we drove up higher, we saw manzanitas blooming and this small tree covered in blue flowers. They were fragrant, if not a wee bit stinky.

At the peak of Thomas Mountain, we saw:

Geoff’s mystery flower with the downy-soft leaves.

Overview of G's mystery flower at the peak of Thomas mountain

The entire plant

G's mystery flower at the peak of Thomas mountain


This flower that reminds me of wood sorrel in Maine.

Wood sorrel-like flower from the peak of Thomas Mountain

I was in a rush so these turned out blurry…

I forget the name of this mustard-like flower, which we’ve seen up in Mount San Jacinto State Park.

We had our picnic at a campsite at the peak, walked around, then headed back down the mountain. Of course we stopped and took more pictures of wildflowers…duh!

On the way down, we saw one side of the mountain covered in these blue flowers, poking out amongst the lupine leaves.

Nearby were these monkey flowers? They look like the monkey flowers from Mount San Jacinto State Park, but bigger.

As we’re driving down, we stop again for these purple flowers!

And these desert dandelions?!

And, one of my favorite little flowers, the gilia. But which gilia?

A pink gilia sp

By |2019-08-07T17:01:50-08:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, ApothecaryCo Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Up Thomas Mountain in early May, 2018

How to Favorite Our Shop and Items on Etsy

Here’s a short article on how to favorite our shop (The Lazy Beetle) and shop items on Etsy.com, complete with pictures!

Before we begin, do you have an Etsy account? If not, you’ll want to register for an Etsy account first! If you have an Etsy account, let’s begin.

Step 1: Go to Etsy.com

Begin by visiting the Etsy website at www.Etsy.com. Click on the “Sign in” button on the upper right-hand side of the screen.

Step 2: Log in with your email and password

Type in the email address that you used to register with Etsy.com and enter your password.

Step 3: Search by shop name

In the search bar, type in (without spaces): thelazybeetle

Step 3 - Search by Shop (thelazybeetle)

Step 4: Favorite The Lazy Beetle shop

Now you should be on The Lazy Beetle shop page. Next to The Lazy Beetle logo and under the Shop info, you’ll see “Favorite shop.” If the heart is empty (i.e., not filled in with a red heart), click on it.

Step 4 - Favorite The Lazy Beetle Shop

Step 5: Favorite all (or as many as you wish) shop items

Scroll down the shop page until the shop items appear (you’ll have to scroll past the row of Featured Shop Items and Announcement). You’ll know you’re there when the left-hand side menu of all shop items appear under “Items.”

If you hover your mouse arrow over the top right-hand corner of each item, you’ll see a heart outlined in white. Click on the heart to show that you’ve favorited the item. Continuing scrolling down to see, and favorite, all shop items!

Step 5 - Favorite All The Lazy Beetle Shop Items

And that’s all folks! Easy-peasy. If you have any questions or encounter any problems, let us know.

Thank you for support and patronage!

By |2018-08-20T16:49:42-08:00June 17th, 2018|Categories: How to|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on How to Favorite Our Shop and Items on Etsy

Our favorite local BBQ place…

Is not a restaurant. It’s actually a park: Cahuilla Hills Park in Palm Desert.

We’ve been inviting friends for impromptu grillin’ and BBQ parties for the past two months! We have our setup down—from folding table, lanterns, dinner & drinkware (comprised of TMNT and Star Wars plates and tiki cups) to a bag of grilling implements.

The grill is fine for a few people, but any more and we’d need another personal grill. Unfortunately, park rules dictate that “the use of personal grills is prohibited.”


By |2018-08-20T16:49:42-08:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Stories, Travel|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Our favorite local BBQ place…

Night and Day…

Yep, and there’s a song that goes along with that… Frank Sinatra, and Ella sang it too.



Like the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom
When the jungle shadows fall
Like the tick, tick, tock of the stately clock
As it stands against the wall
Like the drip, drip drip of the rain drops
When the summer showers through
A voice within me keeps repeating
You, you, you

Night and day you are the one
Only you beneath the moon or under the sun
Wheather near to me or far it’s no matter darling
Where you are
I think of you
Day and night, night and day
Why is it so that this longing for you
Follows where ever I go
In the roaring trffics boom, in the silence of my lonely room
I think of you
Night and day, day and night
Under the hyde of me, theres an oh such a hungry yearning
Inside of me
And this torment wont be through
Till you let me spend my life making love to you
Day and night, night and day

By |2018-08-20T16:49:42-08:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Stories|Comments Off on Night and Day…

Nemacladus tenuis

If we could have a small area in our garden dedicated to Nemacladus, including Nemacladus tenuis, we would! These little wildflowers have A LOT of personality.

Nemacladus tenuis, close up

Nemacladus tenuis, close up

These pictures don’t do it justice, but the Nemacladus rubescens that G took with his 1:1 macro lens does. They have little faces and features inside the flower that are astounding considering how tiny this flower is (at a mere few millimeters).

You can see the scale of the entire plant with my Ollo Clip macro lens from my iPhone5. The Nemacladus glanduliferus is about the same size as well.

Nemacladus tenuis, the plant

Nemacladus tenuis, the plant

All of the Nemacladus flowers that we found were just flowering when we photographed them back in March of 2017. Otherwise, I would’ve collected seeds…

UPDATE! April 2019

We found these Nemacladus tenuis beauties at Joshua Tree National Park. The entire plant is just bushier because of all the rain. And look at ALL the flowers!

Overview of Nemacladus tenuis

Overview of Nemacladus tenuis


Side view of Nemacladus tenuis

Side view of Nemacladus tenuis


Front view of Nemacladus tenuis

Front view of Nemacladus tenuis (1)


Front view of Nemacladus tenuis

Front view of Nemacladus tenuis (2)


By |2019-08-07T17:01:57-08:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nemacladus tenuis

Nemacladus glanduliferus

As with all tiny flowers, the Nemacladus glanduliferus was hard to capture on camera, especially with an iPhone camera! The lightest breeze or breath will send it quivering. But it sure is pretty.

It seems that all the flowers in this genus (and by all, I mean the three species we’ve found) share similar qualities in that they have some very interesting features inside the flower. As much as I love my Ollo clip macro lens, it doesn’t quite compare to a real macro lens. Like G’s 1:1 macro lens which he used to capture Nemacladus rubescens.

Nemacladus glanduliferus, close up

This particular plant grew a few feet from another Nemacladus, the Nemacladus tenuis, and in the same general area as the Nemacladus rubescens.

The entire plant is tiny! I didn’t include anything for scale, but if you look at the post for Nemacladus tenuis, you’ll see that I included my Ollo Clip macro lens for the iPhone5.

Nemacladus glanduliferus, the plant

By |2019-08-07T17:02:05-08:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Nemacladus glanduliferus

Fagonia laevis flower

Who would’ve thought that this little shrub would pack such a punch in terms of fragrance! Fagonia laevis, a native to California, is a cousin of the Creosote bush. It blooms from March to May and grows in a most symmetrical pattern. Fagonia grows along rocky hillsides (like the mountain next to us) and sandy washes.

By |2019-03-09T12:47:39-08:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Fagonia laevis flower

There’s no flower like Snowflower, like no flower I know…

The Snow flower, or Snow plant, (Sarcodes sanguinea) inhabits mountainous regions from Oregon down to California. They are found growing near conifers as a parasitic plant that derives nutrients from the mycorrhizal fungi attached to the roots of trees.

We normally see them popping up around this time (and earlier) up at Mount San Jacinto State Park. They are hard to miss with their vibrant red color amidst a floor of dried pine needles! Our friend Luis spotted this one from over 100 feet away.

By |2019-03-09T12:47:50-08:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on There’s no flower like Snowflower, like no flower I know…

Sandpaper Plant

Sandpaper plant flower clusters

Every spring, we look forward to finding new wildflowers as well as re-visiting our favorites. And the Sandpaper plant (Petalonyx thurberi) is one of our absolute favs! First, the Sandpaper plant is native to California and it gets its name from it’s sandpaper-y feel. The flowers, which start blooming in May, are all bundled up at the tips and smell absolutely amazing! It reminds me of my first, and the original, Cabbage Patch Kid doll. I realize this is a most obscure reference so, suffice it to say, the scent is almost like a sweet baby powder. The fragrance fills the air as you walk past it and you can’t help but stop and lean down to smell it, or at the very least, drink in the fragrant air.

G smelling Sandpaper plant in bloom

Whenever we smell something so amazing, we automatically think about obtaining the essential oil. And why not? After all, we have our home essential oil steam distillation kit. Since the flowers are teeny, we’d need A LOT of material. So that’s what we were out doing today—reconnaissance. The flowers don’t seem quite ready as there are still many unopened buds at the tip. But, soon; very, very soon. And as with all of our essential oil steam distillations, how do we test for compounds? That’s where gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) comes in. Except, we don’t own said machine (due to the $$$ price tag) and most GC-MS tests cost $300 a pop, per sample. The other unknown is how much oil can be extracted from 8 cups of material. To perform a GC-MS analysis, we would need perhaps 1-3 mL. So…that leads to our next pursuit.

How do we propagate Sandpaper plant?! This is not a plant you can pick up at your local nursery or home improvement store. Is it best to propagate by cutting, transplanting a young plant, or by seed? There isn’t a whole lot of information on the Internet, but I did find an outstanding resource through the Native Plant Network from Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Research (RNGR). They provide very specific protocols for seed propagation! Hello! This is exactly what we were looking for. Thank you RNGR! We know what we’ll be doing in a few weeks time…


By |2019-03-09T12:48:01-08:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Desert Gallery, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sandpaper Plant