Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beyond Cactus – Lots of Choices

Color Your Garden Drought-Friendly!



Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With California in the middle of a serious drought now is the time to start thinking about low water-usage plants for your garden.


You might be surprised to know that there’s a wide variety of drought-friendly flowers, shrubs, trees, and ground cover that can give your garden a splash of color.


SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel learned that you can have a colorful, vibrant garden that’s low maintenance and beautiful at the same time. It just takes a combination of planning and planting.


The best way to start is by sectioning off a part of your garden and designating this for plants that require less water. By separating these drought-resistant plants from the others, you can ensure that both types of plants are watered properly.
 

SurfWriter Girl Patti’s husband Greg did this to part of their backyard...


 

and an area next to the driveway, replacing the grass with a variety of low-water usage plants.


Depending on your preferences and desired color palette, some drought-friendly plants to consider are:

Wild lilac, one of Sunny’s favorites.


California Poppy, a state classic


Western Redbud with bright purple-pink flowers


Island Snapdragon, rich, red flowers from the Channel Islands


San Diego Sunflower, a plant ready for any weather


Rockrose, evergreen shrubs with white, yellow, pink or purple flowers


Purple Smoke Tree, with stunning, dark purple leaves that change to scarlet in fall.
 

Citrus trees - orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine – add a burst of color with fragrant smells and delicious fruit to enjoy.


Coast Dudlyea succulents, known their coral color


Ice Plants – in yellow, orange, purple and red


When Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Gardens specialist Greg Goran and his wife Sharon 


decided to make their garden more water-efficient, they chose “several species of manzanitas, California fuschia, and a ton of drought tolerant succulents.”




One of the key features of the garden is that it is made up of about 80% native plants, including sages (clevlandii, black sage, and white sage), which are suited to a drier landscape.


Once you start planning your own garden, you’ll see that there are lots of options to choose from. For more ideas, contact the Surfrider Foundation and/or the California Native Plant Society. 


By doing your research and adopting a phase-in/phase-out strategy that replaces water-thirsty plants with water-saving plants, you can have the colorful garden you want – one that’s beautiful for you...and beautiful for the environment.  


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Have a Beach Burger Blast!



May is National Hamburger Month



Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Popeye’s friend Wimpy would be in Hamburger Heaven if he could eat hamburgers every day for a whole month.


Did you know that Americans eat 48 billion hamburgers a year?


The hamburger got its name as early as 1896 when an article in the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper called a 5-cent steak sandwich a “hamburger sandwich.”
 

The hamburger, which traces its origins to Hamburg, Germany, became an American star when it was served at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. And, by the 1950s it was being served at hamburger stands everywhere... including Hamburger Handout in Culver City, CA.



Today hamburgers have their own Facebook page – a definite sign that hamburgers have come into their own with some even going gourmet.


SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel find it hard to resist a good hamburger, especially when we’re relaxing at the beach.


If you really want to jumpstart your taste buds on a SoCal beach day, then make a pit stop at Sunny's favorite spot, Volcano Burgers (3652 Cerritos Avenue) in Los Alamitos, a restaurant that’s been making burgers for over 30 years.


You’ll get a hamburger ($2.59) unlike any other that you’ve tasted. When you see how big it is, with the ingredients spilling over the bun, you’ll be glad that the take-out orders come in boxes instead of bags.


The same goes for the chili cheese fries ($3.69), which are hard to consume in a single sitting.


The melted cheddar cheese covering the fries in lava-like splendor tells you that these fries are fit for a king or, in this case, a goddess – Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess. Be sure to ask for extra napkins. Lots of them!


 Whether you grill it yourself, get it from your local drive-in or a gourmet restaurant, now is the time to celebrate the hamburger.


So, pick your burger – be it beef, turkey, pork, or veggie – pile on your favorite fixin’s and get ready to enjoy an American classic. 

 

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shaping the Sport of Surfing



Ashley Lloyd Surfboards – Creating Joy


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

With summer just around the corner it’s swimsuit season and more – time to think about a new surfboard.


In a crowded marketplace of competing surfboard brands, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel found one that stands out from the rest – Ashley Lloyd Surfboards.


Santa Cruz-based surfboard shaper Ashley Lloyd Thompson – one of the few women in the male-dominated field of board shaping – has made a name for herself with her colorful, custom-designed boards.


Starting with the basic blanks that make up the body of each board, Lloyd Thompson transforms them into individualized works of art, conceiving the design and then painstakingly shaping and sanding each board.


Putting her passion for surfing and for life into every board, Lloyd Thompson has expressed that she is creating joy for herself and others through the boards she makes.


Lloyd Thompson, who started surfing while growing up in Malibu, also has taught surfing and competed professionally.


Later, she was mentored by board shaper Danny Tarampi and was a Bing team rider and board shaper.



Ashley Lloyd boards have gotten an international following. Along with this, they particularly appeal to women surfers because she understands their physical needs and creates customized boards that enable them to get the most out of the sport. 


Lloyd Thompson also has achieved something else unique in the world of surfboard shaping – a feature story in Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine.


The magazine chose her for being a woman “with an amazing story and a product we love.”

And, showing another side of her artistic abilities, she and her husband Alex are part of a band appropriately called The Shapes.



Ashley Lloyd Thompson has discovered that through hard work success is inevitable. Whatever she does, she is following her own path, catching the next wave…and putting her talents into all the things she creates. 

 

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