- Trumpeter 1 350 - San Francisco CA-38 (1942) USS TRU05309 snrgsa4269-Models

First Order Stormtrooper - Star Wars 1 12 Plastic Model by Bandai

MarinLink serves as Home Ground Habitat Nursery's fiscal sponsor.

Dragon 1 3 5 6816 pz.kpfw.iv ausf. A with Additional Tank

I’m quick when it comes to spotting potentially edible foods in the wild; partly from lots of reading about California flora, and how the native peoples provided for themselves; and partly from an all-consuming curiosity that’s been with me since childhood. I like to decipher the connections between plants; what’s related to what; and I’m willing to try almost anything once.   

Frame Arms 1 100 FA-013 XFA-01 W2 SpecterTrumpeter 1 35 Soviet JS-2 Heavy TankBandai MG 1 100 MG-167 RGM-96X JestaKibri 13014 gauge H0, Demag AC 665 Telescoping Crane with SUPERLIFT Fordson Super Major Launch Tractor 1 32 Tractor Diecast Model J4882 New

Aoshima 09291 ARPEGGIO OF blueE STEEL Series Submarine I-401 1 700 scale kit
81754 Hobby Boss Russian MIG-31B BM Foxhound Interceptor Aircraft 1 48 Model Jet
  • Male house finch at the feeder

Trumpeter 1 35 Morser Karl-Great 040 041Trumpeter Indian T-90S Mbt + Etched Parts & Decals 1 3 5 Model Kit 90 90C IndiaLife Miniatures 1 10 B006 German 6th Army Stalingrad 1942

In years past I’ve participated in Cornell University’s "Feeder Watcher Program", which engages citizen scientists all across America to help compile statistics on songbirds. One year, the observations of individual watchers was used to help monitor and track the spread of an eye infection amongst house finches.

Meng Model 1 35 TS-016 German Leopard 2 A4


Queen Mary 2 1 600 Model Kit Heller 52902 HEL52902 New Dragon 1 35 3553 Battle Tank M60 Patton u. S. ArmyLAFERRARI 1 24 Kit TAM24333 New

About eighteen years ago I was enrolled in a Nursery Management class at the College of Marin and our instructor always had plant propagules to share with his students. One day he took a bag of moist perlite full of stratified, and germinating redbud seeds from the refrigerator to share with the class. I took a dozen or so to grow on; but it wasn’t until several years later that I noticed some minor differences in the leaves of certain specimens: some were fully rounded, or with a slightly indented notch, others showed a delicate little tip to the rounded form; making the leaf almost a heart shape.  

Trumpeter 1 48 F-106B Delta Dart
1 32 Claas Arion 550 J4298 New
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

Wooden Model Ship Kit San Juan Nepomuceno's Boat 1 25HASEGAWA PT02 JMSDF HSS-2B SEAKING 1 48 SCALE KITGloster Meteor F8 - Korean War 1 48 Scale Kit Airfix A09184 AFA09184 New Hasegawa 1 72 H8K2 Emily Flying Boat hobby kit

Brush piles like this are wonderful cover for a lot of the ground feeding birds, and also benefit the raptors – both hawks and owls – because of the great cover for the rodent populations. Brushy areas also create nesting sites for the Juncos. These little sparrow relatives are very successful breeders, even with nests right on the ground! The lovely brown, tan and grayish tones of their plumage are perfect camouflage.

  • Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border
    Dragon 1 3 5 6857 Gun Wagon 38 H for S.ig.33 1 Initial Production w Gun Crew Cobweb Thistle in a sunny border

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.

75mm Charge of the Light Brigade,17th Lancers,No.3 Trooper sculpted by Carl ReidRevell 1 72 Blohm & Voss BV 222 V-2Arii 1 20 Scale (Ford) Mustang MACH-1

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

Studio McVey Limited Edition Y’sala And DarknessPlus Model 35 M422 Mighty Mite (Complete Resin kit)ITALERI 1 24 TRAILER 40FT REEFER CLASSIC 3896Hobby Boss 1 48 Russian MiG-31M Foxhound

Doyusha DG7 103371 Japanese Kumamoto Castle DX gold 1 350 Scale Plastic KitTrumpeter 1 35 Russian T-72B2 MBT (ROGATKA)WW2 Russian Front Winter Diorama 1 35 Tiger tank + 12 FiguresVALLEJO ACRYLIC PAINT CARRY SETMulti Listing Various Model Kits Airfix Revell PM.Airplanes vehicles Heller

Here’s where my thoughts about weeds differ from those of many others; weeds are not all bad! 

1 35 Ww2 quality built made kit soviet tank with soldier figure superb Kitty Hawk 32007 1 32 F-86D Sabre Dog New