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  • Official State Trees across America

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Across America from sea to shining sea, trees blanket our great land including official state trees, which are native and grow in that specific state. Here is a listing to curb your curiosity, and a state that you might have migrated from and landed in California. 1. Alabama: Longleaf Pine Tree – Pinus palustris 2. Alaska: Sitka Spruce – Picea sitchensis 3. Arizona: Yellow Palo Verde – Parkinsonia microphylla 4. Arkansas: Loblolly Pine – Pinus taeda 5. California: Califor...

  • The Santa Margarita Watershed leads to the ocean

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Watersheds are land areas that drain water through the streams, creeks, lakes, and rivers to a common low point, and out to the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Margarita Watershed is one of 11 within San Diego County. It begins east of the Palomar Mountains near Oak Grove, and that water flows into Riverside County down through Temecula, into the Santa Margarita River and forks through Camp Pendleton and into the Pacific ocean. The complexity of this water-flow is important to...

  • Through My Garden Gate: Say it with flowers

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    Flowers of all types, shapes and colors erupt around the earth at their prescribed flowering seasons. It is fantastic how nature has its timetable within the various seasons, and I am constantly watching and learning from her. With the world's weather changing, so are plants adapting to a new climatic lifestyle. Plants adapt to their environments and adjust according to their seasons, weather and unique growing conditions. Fall is when we think of flowers like chrysanthemums;...

  • Don't top trees

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The topping and butchering of trees in any community is like a plague from time to time. This destructive pruning practice of cutting back large branches to stubs leaves wounds that invite bugs, decay and disease that can enter a tree. When the general public sees more and more of this indiscriminate cutting of trees, it becomes acceptable, and it definitely is not. Topping can destroy a tree's natural shape, its beauty and grace. It saddens me for I know that people pay top...

  • Erosion control for home-garden-ranch

    Roger Boddaert, Horticulturist Arborist|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Do you have a slope or hillside on your property where rainwater is causing erosion or do you have a landscape drainage problem? With the heavy rains and downpours of the past few weeks, erosion of soil and slopes, as well as property damage, has come to the attention of homeowners in a significant way. Understanding the terrain and lay of the land, soils, and topography, and how it can affect you and your neighbor's property, is essential. Water management is an art and...

  • Gardening in the New Year of 2024

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    As the world turns, so are the global weather patterns, and you should prepare yourself and your gardens and your habits by working with a new wave of horticulture around your homes. It is important how we have practiced working in our gardens over the years, and now that is about to change with our warming climate and the unpredictable weather, we need to be in more harmony with the change. Last winter's rainfall was a much-needed welcome for the parched earth, and the rains...

  • Through my garden gate

    Roger Boddaert, Horticulturist - Arborist|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    The paintbrush lily is a prolific flowering bulb in the Amaryllis family that grows and flourishes in my Fallbrook garden. The Haemanthus species originates in the coastal regions of South Africa with a vast array of colorful indigenous bulbs. The Cape Floral Region is a botanical anomaly and is home to more bulbous plants than anywhere else in the world. The Cape region alone has over 9,000 species of different plants in that small region, whereas California has about 6,300...

  • Thorough My Garden Gate

    Roger Boddaert, Horticulturist - Arborist|Updated Nov 25, 2022

    The bounty from last summer brought you an abundance of flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and now they all would appreciate a little tender loving care for their upcoming winter snooze with a nip and a tuck. With the mild climate of Southern California, perennial plants can benefit by being divided every couple of years to revitalize them for some healthy new growth and to propagate more plants to utilize in your garden or to share with others. Now is the time of year to...

  • Iconic California palms are in jeopardy

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 4, 2022

    As we drive around California neighborhoods, we see various palm trees in the landscape and say, oh yes, palms are a part of the horticultural fabric of our southland gardens. Palm trees come from many exotic locations around the globe, from the local Anza Borrego desert to the jungles of Borneo, Madagascar, and faraway places like the Canary Islands off the north coast of Africa. With this wide spectrum of palms, many types have found the Mediterranean climate of California...

  • Can you dig it? – Bromeliads in the garden

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 21, 2021

    How about adding a little spice to your garden and grow some exotic bromeliads from the jungles of Mexico, Central and South America and beyond? You most likely have eaten pineapple which falls into the bromeliaceae family, and you can grow your own out in the garden in full sun. This family of plants is huge, and they come in all sizes, shapes and colors. They can either be grown in the ground (terrestrial) or up in the trees (as an epiphyte). They require minimum care, and...

  • Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 9, 2021

    On a recent visit to Arizona, I took a side field trip to the famous homestead of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural foundation, Taliesin West. Just east of Sedona lies Taliesin West, the home, studio, museum, and the land of this organic architect who set completely new standards in the world of architecture at that time and for the future. Born in Wisconsin, June 8, 1867, Wright spent his early years studying architecture and engineering with six years in the prestigious...

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    Forest bathing: the art of shinrin yoku

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    Forest bathing is a way to submerge yourself into nature and observe all the natural wonders that abound in a forest or woodland-like setting. When early man came out of the forest to explore his new boundaries, he left the safety of the woodlands that sheltered him, gave him a food supply and a sense of connection to the wonders of his world. Today, we also can find solace, peace, harmony, and a sense of connection to the preciousness of nature's trees and the woodlands....

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    Can trees talk with one another?

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated May 12, 2021

    Wow, that's a heavy beginning to start my conversation with you about the tree world, which has an interconnecting network just below our feet through which trees and plants communicate. The earthy underground world comprises various fungi, known as the mycorrhizal fiber connections, and is known as the wood-wide web network. This incredible root-systems network can share information about possible threats to one another like disease, droughts, or insect attacks. These tiny...

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    Variegation in horticulture: making light of plants

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    What are variegated plants, where do they come from, and how do they develop and thrive? They are a collection of mottled, checkered, spotted, blotchy, multi-colored, or variegated foliage plants. It's like having a brightly colored plant in flower all year long without the flowers. By definition, "variegated" means to have discrete markings of different colors or white stripes on the plant's leaves. The word more often applies to the foliage of plants that we have in our...

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    When green turns to grey – Caring for our aging trees and urban forests

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News

    When you drive to work, go to the grocery store, or visit family or friends, do you ever wonder where all these trees came from and how they got here? Just think what your community would be like without trees – only plain asphalt telephone poles and wires, which would not be very pleasing to experience. The trees that have been planted in our Southern California urban forests come from around the world and have been planted by cities, urban foresters, and volunteers. They a...

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    The tallest, biggest, and oldest trees live in California

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    California's topography ranges from the jagged coastal bluffs along the Pacific, to its valleys and low lying coastal mountains, and then climbs up to the Sierras' high peaks. Its climate is extreme, from the hot Death Valley (below sea level) to the towering Sierra Mountains reaching over 14,000 feet in elevation. The Mediterranean climate of Southern California allows us to grow a broad spectrum of plants from all over the globe while our mountains support vast forests from...

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    Antique engine museum displays American history in action

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News

    Down the road from Fallbrook, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista is a real jewel of history to visit and to share with friends, family, and kids of all ages. It is a great Disney e-ticket in my opinion, for those of you who remember them. It is a museum of days gone by, with displays of mechanical ingenuity in crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural communities that helped build our great nation. The focus on this period is from the...

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    Flowers have different meanings

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Nov 19, 2020

    Flowers of all kinds, shapes, and colors emerge from the earth in their prescribed flowering seasons in the fantastic way that nature has with its own time-table around the world. Fall is when we think of flowers either in the garden or as cut flowers like chrysanthemums. Christmas is when we enjoy the colorful poinsettia with the many new colors that abound today. Springtime conjures up tulips, ranunculus, freesia, and other flowering plants. The cut flower industry is vast a...

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    Knowing and growing mushrooms

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News

    Do you ever wonder where all the fruits, veggies and exotic fruits have been grown that end up in the produce department at your local markets? Produce of all types make up a giant and complex world of agriculture with all its far-reaching tentacles, both local and beyond, that we take for granted when strolling with a shopping cart plucking a little of this and bags of that. Let's take the wild fungus that has been cultivated and collected for thousands of years, with a broad...

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    Learning the art of firescaping and home fire protection Part III

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News

    Making your home and community safer and surviving a wildfire is a process that will be well worth the effort to be prepared. Some projects can be done in a weekend or two, although it is essential to remember that routine maintenance must be a part of any long-term plan to reduce your home's vulnerability from wildfires. Wildfires can be challenging to control, and what is controllable is how you prepare your home and surroundings before fire threatens. A valuable link...

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    Learn the art of firescaping Part II

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Oct 7, 2020

    In my last writings on the art of firescaping, I gave a broad overview of some basic concepts to this vital subject for you and yours to consider around your home, and phase II will expand on that. In years past, we would think of the autumn months as the most important time of year to be aware of fires after a hot and dry summer. This is no longer the case for the fire season has extended throughout the year's calendar due to the unique climate and weather changes occurring...

  • Learn the art of firescaping and defensible space, Part I

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Oct 2, 2020

    The American West is ablaze. Wildfires are raging in every state along the West Coast and in almost every state from the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains. Land, homes, lives and whole communities are lost. As my pen brings these thoughts together, over 3 1/2 million acres have burned to date, more than any other year, and now millions of people are breathing toxic air from these fires. It is not just that entire weather patterns are changing, but there many other factors that co...

  • The soils below our feet

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Sep 11, 2020

    I am in great appreciation for every step I take upon the earth where a world of wonder lives in the soils below my feet. The soils are a miraculous environment of vibrant activity, and soils supply plants the nourishment for the foods that we eat daily. Understanding the organic soil world below your feet might make you a better gardener and a person who understands a little about its complexity down below the crust of the earth. You will come away having a greater respect...

  • Bulbs flower in the summertime

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Jul 31, 2020

    When the hot summer months start to ramp up the thermometer out in the garden, nature decides to bring gardeners some exotic bulbous plants that excite their landscape settings, and I say, "Wow, where did that come from?" Bulbous plants in summer have a specific internal time clock. When the hot months of July, August and September arrive, here they come, and a botanical surprise occurs in the garden when least expected. I am mesmerized by bulbs from South Africa and the...

  • Local trees provide a trip around the world

    Roger Boddaert, Special to Village News|Updated Jul 10, 2020

    The trees that anoint our little hamlet called Fallbrook are immigrants from around the world that dot our hillsides, shelter our homes and give us so many benefits. As you drive over the hill from the north or come up Hwy. 76 and enter our verdant hills, Fallbrook is uniquely dotted with avocado, citrus and ornamental trees from every continent of the world. This is what gives such a definite charm to our village and this is why so many of us live here. We have our beloved...

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