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Update to Nemacladus tenuis Hook Pattern Design

By |2021-01-13T19:18:17-08:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flower Design, Stories|

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!] [...]

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The Path of Ahiṃsā, and ‘Harm Less’

By |2020-12-30T23:39:44-08:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Language, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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), [...]

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Design: Nemacladus Rubescens

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

The second design in the botanical illustration series of desert flowers: Nemacladus rubescens. This tiny flower sure does pack a punch! Nemacladus rubescens There is SO much going on with this little flower. Just check out the Jepson Herbarium's description of [...]

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Our favorite local BBQ place…

By |2018-08-20T16:49:42-08:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Stories, Travel|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

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Night and Day…

By |2018-08-20T16:49:42-08:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Stories|

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 [...]

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Nemacladus tenuis

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

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 These pictures don't do it justice, but the Nemacladus rubescens [...]

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Nemacladus glanduliferus

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

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 [...]

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Fagonia laevis flower

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

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 [...]

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

By |2019-03-09T12:47:50-08:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Sandpaper Plant

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

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 [...]

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