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Captured in Africa with Drew Abrahamson and Paul Tully By Eli Weiss

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Captured in Africa with Drew Abrahamson and Paul Tully By Eli Weiss

Join Eli Weiss with Drew Abrahamson & Paul Tully as we discuss CannedLion Farming.. With the recent and upsetting ruling on Lion conservation, the trade and Wildlife Crime will go on. We PEOPLE must stand up and #saveourwildlife from #Extinction and that is forever. Drew and Paul take us through the life cycle of captive lions vs. ‘reserves’ in a country where wildlife is completely fenced in- and how Captured In Africa Foundation and Captured In Africa – Exclusive Safaris raise awareness through #Tourism sector and schools, Tune in Monday at 8 a.m. PT on Oct 10th.

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Trading What’s Left of Life By Eli Weiss

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Trading What’s Left of Life By Eli Weiss

Decades of data tells us our world is quickly sliding past tipping points to points of no return. In just the last decade viable populations across the board have or are disappearing. That we not reaching global sustainable development and environmental goals compatible and conducive to the continuance of life as we know it. We must take action now to implement multilayered solutions, options and alternatives. The decisions of trade in endangered flora and fauna is CITES. CoP17 is happening right now. So what is CITES? How will the decisions made there affect life as we know it? To better understand what is at stake, today we have Nick Lynch and Tim Gorski,two of a team of four WildiZe Observers to CITES reporting direct from Johannesburg.

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Armored But Still Needs Protection with Lisa Hywood By Eli Weiss

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Armored But Still Needs Protection with Lisa Hywood By Eli Weiss

Join Eli Weiss with our guest Lisa Hywood of The Tikki Hywood Trust. Tune is on Monday Oct 3rd at 8 a.m. as we discuss the plight of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal and what Zimbabweans and the world are doing about it. Over the past 15 years, Human greed has surpassed the capacity of what Zimbabwe can give and this coupled with economic distress, it has contributed to the plunder and decimation of their natural heritage.


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Twisted Balance Sheet with Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson

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Twisted Balance Sheet with Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson


Twisted Balance Sheet” with Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson.. when you hear what we’ve been talking about for years on end, and now to see the devastation with your own eyes, Kenya has burned over 100 tons of Ivory, with Rhino Horns, and animal skins.  Hopefully the Ivory Burn will be the “Cecil” for our Elephants and show the world that there needs to be a change before we lose the gentle giants of our time.


What Will you do, What can you do? by Eli Weiss

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What Will you do, What can you do? by Eli Weiss


It is easy to think that conservation is something going on a world away, places that seem exotic and out of reach. What we want to help you understand is that the health of ecosystems far away are critical and will affect the health and future of us all. This episode will explore what you can do and how it affects projects on the ground, so you can make the right decision on which course of action to take and provide some interesting anecdotes and information that will help you minimize your impact on our open spaces, natural landscapes and wildlife.
Tune in Live every Monday at 8am PST to Our Wild World


Grow a WildFlower Garden with Cynthia Brian

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Grow a WildFlower Garden with Cynthia Brian

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“May all your weeds be wildflowers.”

When I was a child weeds and wildflowers were synonymous. I would meander through the hills and creeks with my handy Golden Nature Guide called “Flowers: A Guide to Familiar American WildFlowers” along with notebook, paper, and a Brownie camera to capture the images and properties of as many specimens that I could find. Trillium, morning glory, lupin, California poppy, clover, stargazer, brodias, columbine, buttercups, and mustard all captivated me. I would pick the flowers to quickly bring home to iron between wax paper and catalogue into my wildflower scrapbook. In a field of specimens, I’d dig a plant up with the attached roots to transplant into my personal flower plot.
freesia & osteospernum
What I found out is that wildflowers aren’t fussy. They grow in all kinds of soil, don’t need water once they are established, and add stunning textures and vibrancy to your landscape.
1. Find a place where the flowers will get at least six hours of daily sunshine. Wildflowers need lots of sunshine.
2. Before spreading the seed, clear the dirt. Purge all weeds, grasses, or any other growth from the area. Turn the toil with a hoe or a tiller.
3. Rake the soil.
4. Add sand to the seeds at the rate of ten parts sand to one part seed. This will help you to see it when you spread it. Use a seed spreader if you are seeding a big area, or feel free to sprinkle by hand.
5. Don’t cover the seed with soil. It does need to be compressed for better germination either by walking on it or rolling it. I use a five gallon bucket to roll over the seeded soil in any smaller locations.
6. Water the seeds regularly until the plants reach six inches. After that, wildflowers flourish without the addition of extra water, especially great addition to any garden when there is a drought.
7. Prepare for a cavalcade of colors. Annuals bloom quickly, usually within five weeks while perennials may not blossom until the second year.

While many of these flowers are sold in nurseries as annuals, they are wildflowers that will look handsome in your new garden. Annuals live, bloom, and die in one year. Many spread their own seeds after they are done flowering.
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African Daisy
California Poppy
Four O’Clock
Morning glory
Shirley Poppy

Perennials are interesting as most of them are blue, yellow, orange, or pink. Perennials come back year after year and continue spreading their seeds and beauty. They do need to be pruned back at the end of the season.
Bee Balm
Blanket Flower
Blazing Star
Blue Eyed Grass
Blue Flag Iris
Blue Flax
Butterfly Weed
Cardinal Flower
Gloriosa Daisy
Indian Paint Brush
Joy Pye Weed
Mexican Hat
Oriental Poppy
Purple clover
Shooting Star
Wild Petunia
field of wild flowers
Biennials are plants that live for only two years. During their first year they have foliage but no flowers. In the second year they bloom, set seeds, then, die. Their complete life cycle is two years.
Black-eyed Susan
Canterbury Bells
Dame’s Rocket
Evening Primrose
Queen Anne’s Lace
Sweet William
David Austin roses-bare root
Where to Find Seeds:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: www.RareSeeds.com
Renee’s Garden: www.ReneesGarden.com
Sow True Seed: www.SowTrueSeed.com
American Meadows: www.AmericanMeadows.com
Territorial Seed Company: www.TerritorialSeed.com
Select Seeds: www.SelectSeeds.com
John Scheepers Garden Seeds: www.KitchenGardenSeeds.com

Lady Bird Johnson may have said it best with her heartfelt words about wildflowers. “Almost every person from childhood on, has been touched by the
untamed beauty of wildflowers. Buttercup gold under a childish
chin, the single drop of exquisite sweetness in the blossom of
wild honeysuckle, the love-me, love-me-not philosophy of daisy

Wildflowers have certainly been an essential element in my life. I still have that Golden Nature Guide (it cost me a hard earned $1.00 selling chicken eggs) and that Brownie camera (now on display on my collectibles shelf) but most of all I still have the passion for wild flowers. My wild flower garden has been sown and I look forward to sharing photos with you once the blooming begins.

Spring forward and enjoy the outdoors. Plant a wildflower meadow.

MID MARCH REMINDERS from Cynthia Brian

CONGRATULATIONS are in order to the Lamorinda Wine Grower’s Association for their diligent efforts in getting the 29,369 acres of Lamorinda recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). To buy local wine or learn more, visit www.LamorindaWineGrowers.com

CUT the spent blossoms off of daffodils and narcissus but leave the leaves to add nutrients for next years blooms.

HARVEST asparagus spears when they are six to eight inches long.

DYE eggs for Easter with colors from your garden. Red and yellow onions, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, beets, and more will give a unique look to your egg hunt.

PLANT your bare root roses, vines, and trees. Prepare the soil with compost, dig the hole according to directions, fill with top soil, water, and wait for the magic.


VISIT the San Francisco Flower and Garden show March 16-19 from 10am-7pm at the San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo to find answers to your gardening dilemmas. $22. www.sfgardenshow.com

ATTEND the Water Conservation Showcase on March 22 between 9-6pm at the P.G. & E. Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco sponsored by the United States Green Building Council dedicated to educating and inspiring solutions for saving water, energy, and our earth. Jackson Madnick, Founder of Pearl’s Premium grass seed will be presenting at 4pm. This is a great opportunity to meet the lawn pioneer in person to understand how revolutionary his seeds are and how you can have a lawn in a drought.

SWAP plants and tools on March 26th at 4500 Lincoln Avenues in Oakland from 12-4pm. Trade your goods for other garden elements. Free. www.theplantexchange.com

MARK your calendars for wine and books event benefiting Be the Star You Are!® charity on Saturday, April 9th from noon until 7 at Dawn’s Dream Winery Tasting room, NW Corner of 7th & San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

SAVE the earth April 17 from 11:30-4:30 for the Wildlife Earth Day Festival at Wagner Ranch in Orinda.

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Happy Gardening and Happy Growing.
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
Starstyle® Productions, llc
Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show at www.StarStyleRadio.com
Garden and plant consultations by appointment.

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