Valley Center

Rainy season yin, yang: mosquitos, snakes

Buzz about mosquitos Good news, bad news, as it pertains to the 2019 rainy season that seem to have concluded this week. Good news first. California’s drought is over with the caveat that San Diego is one of the few areas — Northeast California is the other —  that is still a bit short when it comes to reservoir replenishment. Bad news: Mosquitos. Lots of…

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Memories of Pikake Gardens

Its gates are forever locked. The koi have died. A lonesome breeze blows through faded gardens overgrown with weeds. The waterfalls have ceased falling and even the roses have faded into wilted dreams. Welcome to Pikake Botanical Gardens at 15515 Villa Sierra Road, once one of the wonders of the horticultural world, now reduced to ashes and memories. A private botanical garden on nine acres,…