Berkeleysider Diana Howard created this sketch of what she found while preparing the dirt in her garden for planting this spring.

“I am particularly excited about seeing a Rufous hummingbird, which is a new one for me (usually you get the Allen’s or Anna’s kind). Don’t know how I feel about that scary-looking (yellow & black) Jerusalem cricket though,” she wrote.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Really great sketch…….I like it.
    As spring season is on full swing.Time have come to move to patio and garden area.I have to buy some outdoor furniture specially a hammock for my garden area.

  2. Sharkey, I think the drawing conveys the ruthless invasiveness of the Oxalis, especially the cleverly named “mothership” water bladder. I think she must have drawn that part just before or after digging it out. ;—)

  3. I’ve also seen quite a few California Slender Salamanders while tending my yard, but I haven’t seen any Jerusalem Crickets yet. I’ll have to be on the lookout!

    Unfortunately that pretty clover in her drawing is a horribly invasive species from South Africa that chokes out native plants & grasses and is extremely difficult to get rid of once it takes hold in a yard.

    Just cutting pulling up the plants won’t get rid of them. The only way to actually eradicate this weed is to thoroughly till the soil to a depth of about 12″ and pick out all the bulbs.