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Category: Life in Idyllwild

Stop and smell the California Brickelbush

Stop and smell the California Brickelbush

California Brickelbush (Brickellia californica) is a native shrub and may be one of the best and sweetest smelling plants. From a great distance, you will be drawn by the irresistible, powerful perfume. The wonderful fragrance lasts for almost two weeks and it’s one of those mysterious plant scents that can be smelled only at a distance.

Bobcat wanders through

Bobcat wanders through

This bobcat walked past the window of a Mountain Center home. “Made my day,” said Bethany Pulliam.

In all her splendor

In all her splendor

As the adage states, at the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold, which we call the “Hill.”

Idyllwild Garden: Lavender cotton

Idyllwild Garden: Lavender cotton

Or gray santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)is a fine-textured, bushy and mound-forming shrub …

Summer holly unique to southwest

Summer holly unique to southwest

Comarostaphylis diversifolia is a species of shrub in the heath family known by the common name “Summer holly.” Native to Southern California and Northern Baja California’s coastal chaparral habitat, it grows slowly to 12 inches tall and 8 feet wide or slightly larger.

Rainbow over Mountain Center

Rainbow over Mountain Center

Driving home to Idyllwild on Monday evening, Sept. 5, Kristin Goffman saw this beautiful rainbow near Mountain Center.

California quail stops in

California quail stops in

This male California quail, sporting a double topknot, was seen visiting Mountain Center.

Heat wave and sparse rain bring forest restrictions

Hot weather and lower fuel moisture have prompted the San Bernardino National Forest to increase fire restrictions, effective Thursday Sept. 1, 2011. Forest officials took these steps to prevent human-caused fires and raise public awareness as the summer continues to get warmer and drier. Most wildfires on the San Bernardino National Forest are human-caused and […]

Outside Idyllwild: Forest outposts … Strawberry Creek

I recently read an article about access to Strawberry Creek. Apparently a section that runs through Idyllwild is being slowly eroded or cut off altogether. This article appeared in the Desert Star Weekly — “the #1 and only independent alternative community newsweekly serving the desert region of California.” The author, Don Wallace, is a longtime […]

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany: Fire followers …

While fire appears to be devastating to the plants in the forest, for some it is beneficial if not essential. These are often called fire followers and require some aspect of a fire to thrive. The mechanisms are many. Some trees require heat to release their seeds. Fire may burn away inhibitory chemicals in the […]

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