El Nino Update

Concern on my end is rising fast related to the continuing lack of rain. A news source reported a high pressure ridge was forming off the Northern California coast - please dear god not another "Ridiculously Resilient High Pressure Ridge" - the meteorological phenomenon that's behind our 4 year drought! This report from CBS News eases my concerns, but the fact is, if we don't get a rainy pattern re-established in the next couple weeks, we are going to have to re-activate irrigation systems. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/12/30/jpl-el-nino-conditions-still-growing/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

2015 - a great year for the bees

It was a good year for honeybees - as outlined in this excellent article on Yahoo. MBLC does not use bee-killing pesticides on our properties. http://news.yahoo.com/seven-reasons-2015-sweetest-yet-saving-bees-202913099.html

So where is the rain already???!!!

We're all anxious to get our wet winter going (well, my crew has some feelings about it that aren't necessarily gleeful), but be that as it may - we need this El Nino winter and are all ready for it to begin, right?. So where is the rain?? Actually, December historically experiences below normal rainfall during El Nino winters - and this year doesn't look to be any different. This article explains it nicely, (including some interesting statistics from past El Nino's) http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/12/02/el-nino-rains-coming-but-likely-not-in-december/

Another vital industry forced out of San Francisco

I've worked with Sunborne for many years (one of three interior plant companies located on Phelps). They do a beautiful job of supplying Northern California with interior plants and flowers. They've been in the Bayview since the '80s, hiring locally from the neighborhood - and are now being forced to leave the City. http://www.sfexaminer.com/san-francisco-kicking-out-longtime-bayview-greenhouse-businesses/