According to this article in the online magazine Electrek, California regulators are planning to phase out gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers by 2022. Huzzah, I say! Actually, I would be happy with a ban on just the leaf blowers. I hate them.

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So let’s go back to the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling last June. We spent some time in Boulder, where we visited a remarkable garden that at the time belonged to Tatiana Maxwell. It was actually listed for sale, so I imagine that now there is a new owner.

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There was so much going on in this garden that it’s hard to summarize. There were spacious lawns designed with entertaining and fundraising in mind (Ms. Maxwell is an activist dedicated to a number of causes).

On New Year’s Day Judy and I went to the Sonoran Preserve, a 10,000 acre natural area just northwest of Phoenix. We chose the Apache Wash Trail for our hike, because it was nice and flat and considered fairly easy.

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One day while we were in Phoenix, Judy and I decided to take a walk in Papago Park. This is a place that is close to the center of town and offers fairly easy walking trails. At the same time, it offers some remarkable views.

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While in Phoenix we got to see Taliesin West, which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home – as well as his architecture school and laboratory. Its 600 acres are located on the outskirts of Scottsdale, a Phoenix suburb. It’s open to the public, but you have to buy tickets in advance and go on a tour – you can’t just show up and wander around.

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The day after we arrived in Phoenix, everybody trekked to the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG).

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We’re spending the holidays in Phoenix, Arizona, someplace we’ve never been before. It’s where Henry and Gloria (our daughter-in-law Beckee’s parents) stay for the colder half of the year. We’re all celebrating together, which I hope is the start of a new tradition.

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Yesterday Judy got downtown and had a long-delayed reunion with the Lurie Garden. She was enchanted with its winter splendor, and took lots of photos with her phone.

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If you grow Milkweeds to attract Monarch Butterflies, do you ever wonder why some plants get lots of Monarch eggs and caterpillars while others are ignored? This is the question, more or less, that some scientists tried to address with research published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

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Entomologists measured the number of Monarch eggs found on Milkweeds planted in different configurations with grasses and nectar plants.

These days there are too few opportunities to go outside and putter in the garden, basically because the garden is frozen.

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Parental House Wren feeding a chick in our blue birdhouse.
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