Micro-Habitats; Knowing Your Land
My husband and I live on a south facing hillside situated above the Novato Creek floodplains; it’s a beautiful, warm, and sunny spot with a great vantage point. Our hill, called Cherry Hill on some maps, is a part of one of the ridges extending from Mt. Burdell, the 3rd highest peak in Marin County, and we’re directly facing Big Rock Ridge, the 2nd highest spot in Marin. When the skies are clear, we can actually see just a little tip of Mt. Tamalpais, the highest peak in Marin! To the east, we can see the twin peaks of Mt. Diablo, which is the highest peak of all in our area and therefore the base meridian of much of northern California.
Spiderwire SS80BC-1500 80Lb Stealth Braided Line bluee Camo 1500yds blueeSpiderwire Stealth Braid Superline Line Spool, 500 Yd., 0.0013 Dia., Moss GreenSpiderwire SU20IB-3000 Ultracast Invisi-Braid Line 20yds
Even so, with not much more than an inch of rain, I’m witnessing an almost instantaneous re-greening of the landscape! Within days thousands of seeds are germinating; lots of grasses, and a great variety of weeds and wildflowers. This is where the fun begins. I love the challenge of identifying these minute plantlets. Sometimes I’m already so familiar with the plant that I know it from the cotyledons, but very often I need to see the first true leaves before I really know what they are.
Thinking About Weeds
Spillers Spearmint Treats - 8 x 1kg - treatsSpinning Fishing Reel 2BB Front Drag Body Saltewater CarpLure Wheel 1000 SeriesSpinning Fishing Rod Combo 1.8-3.6m Telescopic Fishing Rod + DK11BBSpinning Reel Fishing Reel 1000-9000 Series
Spinning Rod 12 ft. White bluee TU-120 Pole Tundra Surf Glass Fiber DurableSpinning Wheel Spool Fishing Reel Sea Line Gear Fishing Tool 12+1 6 10BB EW32SPITFIRE 80HD CHARGER CLASSIC 56mm CLEAR RED set of 4 WheelsSPITFIRE F4 99D CLASSIC (bluee print) 55mmSpitfire Wheels F4 Classic Swirl 53mm 99a - orange Green (Set of 4)
Here’s where my thoughts about weeds differ from those of many others; weeds are not all bad!