Welly 1 18 Super Open 1955 Red White 19869CR. 88 Oldsmobile snocjs4458-Contemporary Manufacture

Dinky 200 Matra 630 & Dinky 202 Fiat Abarth 2000

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


Corgi no.418 whizzwheels Austin London Taxi boxed

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.   

Matchbox Superfast No 14 Articulated Petrol Tanker ELF Labels VNMIBEARLY VNM MOKO LESNEY MATCHBOX SERIES DUNLOP BEDFORD 12cwt VAN 25a 1956 GMW 20 Dinky Toys Triumph 1800 Saloon bluee Vintage Meccano LtdMatchbox MB-38 Ford Model A Van Tennessee Prepro Light baseMorstone Budgie Toys Hansom Cab Nr Mint And Boxed


VINTAGE 1947 - 1950 DINKY TOYS NO 39B OLDSMOBILE 6 SEDAN LOT 2
MATCHBOX 18 FIELD CAR, RED HUBS , BOXED
  • Male house finch at the feeder

Vintage Corgi Pinder Circus Jean Richard 6 x vehicles 1 x clown 1 x apeCORGI RILEY PATHFINDER-NICE EXAMPLE SIKU 3121 MERCEDES-BENZ Linien Bus in Special Danish HT Copenhagen Livery MIB

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.


Matchbox Superfast No 64 Caterpillar Bulldozer orange Rollers VNMIB Rare

Redbuds

Matchbox Yesteryear & Superfast Y13 & MB38 M-1 11th MICA UK Convention Gift Set70s Retro Die Cast Metal Cars lot Mostly Matchbox, all in good shape for ageDinky No 1017 Routemaster Bus KIT - (Original 1970's UNMADE)

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.  


F.D.S FERRARI DINO 246 GT LM 1972
Vintage 60s Matchbox Lesney Regular wheels Moko Made In England b Austin A55
  • Juncos spend much of their time on the ground

Dinky Toys Studebaker golden Hawk No. 169 with boxDINKY TOYS AUSTIN HEALEY IN REPAINTED CONDITION A VINTAGE MODEL SEE PHOTOS MATCHBOX MAJOR KING SIZE K-8 GUY WARRIOR CAR TRANSPORTER FARNBgoldUGH excellentVINTAGE FRENCH DINKY TOYS FABRIQUE EN FRANCE TRACTEUR PAKARD LORRY & TRAILER VGC

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
    Lesney large road roller 1948 green 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.

DeAgostini Dinky Toys No. 24 CP, Citroen DS 19, - Superb Mint.VINTAGE CORGI 438 LAND ROVER 109 WB IN ORIGINAL BOX ISSUED 1963 VNMBDinky Toys No.36C Humber Vogue Car (c.1948)

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

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A Lesney Matchbox Daimler Ambulance No. 14 excellent boxedCadillac sixty special matchbox series no.27MIRA 4021 Chrysler 150 GLSCorgi No 152 Ferrari 312 B2 F 1 Racing Car - Red (Boxed Original 1973)Matchbox Moko No 24 is the model of the Weatherhill loading shovel MW VNMB

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

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