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One stroke of the pen

One stroke of the pen. That’s all it takes to undo a very large amount of work. Today we will follow the saga of House Bill 2427 in this past legislative session.

Many Australian natives prove drought resistant

What do Australia, New Caledonia and Hawaii have in common? Australia and New Caledonia are thought to be part of the great continent known as Gondwanaland and hold some of the most ancient species of plants and animals known today. Surprisingly, even though Hawaii is about the youngest real estate around, the ancient species thus far introduced prove to be very hardy. Many are found to be extremely drought tolerant.

Plant reproduction: sexual and asexual propagation

Sex acts are taking place in your garden. The birds, bees and the flowers in the trees are all involved. Flowers are the sexual organs of plants. Their blooming periods, as well as their attractive colors, alluring shapes and provocative fragrances all serve to attract pollinators. Getting the right bird or bug in the right place at the right time is paramount to the continuation of the plant species.

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Hoist prepares for mainland shows

Award-winning local fiber artist Shelley Hoist is preparing for two juried art shows on the mainland this year. The first one is the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco from Aug. 8 to 10, a three-day celebration of all things handmade in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. More than 225 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists from across the country will gather under one roof for the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies.