Attract Hummingbirds Year Round by Growing A Healthy Habitat

Written by Alicia R. Early Spanish explorers to the New World called hummingbirds joyas voladores or “flying jewels.” They had never before seen the tiny, brightly colored birds with long needle-like beaks, because hummingbirds only live in the Western Hemisphere. Horticulturists theorize that this is why the birds seem to prefer flowering plants native to this half of […]

Finding Pet-Safe Houseplants that May Help Clean Air

Written by Alicia R. Houseplants are refreshing to the eye and spirit for people and pets alike. Greenery may even refresh indoor air, although research on that topic is inconclusive about how toxin and plant interaction in the in sealed, closed rooms of scientific studies will translate to home environments. But it can be difficult […]

Ahi Carpaccio

Ingredients: 1/2 pound fresh tuna, paper thin Salt Vinegar Olive oil Freshly cracked pepper 1 bunch arugula Grated parmesan cheese 1/2 white or black shaved truffle Preparation: Arrange tuna in overlapping slices on platter. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar to taste. Sprinkle with pepper. Surround tuna with wreath of arugula. […]

Get Fire Wise with Tips & Plants to Protect Your Home

Written by Alicia R. Fire probably is the last thing most people are thinking about when entering garden centers bursting with color. But out West, where wildfire is becoming all too common, a new kind of landscape design  is emerging — fire-wise landscaping. Many California cities throughout the state are considered at risk of wildfire […]