Native Gardening Article; Interesting Naturalist Service; Musings

I tend to browse the San Francisco Chronicle ( gardening page and was happy to see a good article on use of native plants, by a pair of writers who are naturalists in Berkeley. Their by-line had a link to their company, which advertises a service I admire.

The company is Selborne Surveys. They provide a report on the natives that grow, or could grow, natively at your site, with an ecological perspective, over time. It's an educational service for people like me living on a bit of wild land.

Actually I am the recipient of such a service, provided by Jeffrey Caldwell with less fanfare but with great solid value to me - a very detailed list of natives and non-natives growing here, and sound ecological advice.

All Jeffrey lacks is the glossy presentation of their attractive reports - for which Selborne Surveys charge, for the basic service, $5,000.

Now I'm thinking - I can provide this kind of glossy presentation for people like Jeffrey... And maybe it's the presentation that makes all the difference in terms of helping people to absorb the information in an enjoyable and useful way.

Then I'm thinking - with a sigh - yeah, that's me, ever the handmaiden to others. And maybe that's just my role as a human and it's a good role. Only this morning I offered useful advice to a friend launching a site for her PR company, for which she was grateful and I was thereby gladdened.

But I do have envy for the people doing the doing and want to be one! I'd like to one day offer services in restoration of native habitats like mine. But expertise is a long ways off, and I can't give the effort my full focus.

In other news, the mice are out of the garage. The catch and release cage has been available and untriggered for two weeks now. Mr Woodrat sealed up the garage, and emptied the storage areas and found three nests in cardboard boxes. They had eaten through some of my cherished memories, but oddly, I didn't mind too much. Unfortunately they had also eaten through some archived comic books left with us for storage by one of my sons-in-law. As you can see below:

I'm still thinking about that short story about the California mice!


Teresa said…
I know what you mean. It's frustrating sometimes to see other people do what you know you could do with a little more time and money (and maybe a bit more knowledge just to make yourself believe you do know what you are doing). If that made any sense at all. Darn mice. We had some in our garage one year and they made a mess of my son't golf bag. Everything was shredded and in every available pocket in the thing. Amazing how much trouble such tiny adorable rodents can cause.
Town Mouse said…
Charging $5000 just for a glossy plant list might be perfect for a business or a person of independent means. It wouldn't be great for mere mortals, though...

I think by blogging and talking to neighbors one can do more, even if it doesn't pay the bills.
Anonymous said…
oh no!

and i didn't realize that ferdinand was at your house. for some reason i thought he was here!
Country Mouse said…
Ferdinand is OK, oh daughter o' mine. he didn't get nibbled but I don't know how hygienic he is any more. I'm afraid the comics got a bit munched though...
Anonymous said…
bryce says that there's a big box there that has some 1st edition books in it that he's now wondering about the condition of. maybe a phone call to figure or oh! skype?

can you toss ferdinand in the wash for me?

i hope the mice enjoyed labyrinth as much as i do!