In August 2021, Lois stayed in San Diego (California) for 2 weeks. Lots of great things there to enjoy, including walking in Balboa Park! There were many beautiful flowers -- both in the Botanical House (see photo) and in people's front yards. After getting back home, Lois asked Don Shor (a plant expert and former resident of San Diego) what each plant was and if she could grow those San Diego flowers here in Davis. The answer -- as usual -- was "It depends." In this case, "It depends upon which species it is and whether or not that one can withstand cold."
We also talked about why there are so many dead tree stumps on the San Diego hillsides and why there were dead orchards and vinyards along the freeway in the southern San Joaquin Valley.