Winter Wonderland (California Style)

I love this season! Wait – didn’t I say that about Autumn?      As I’m writing this it is raining, the first “real” storm of the season. In California’s Mediterranean climate, the normal is for us to receive the majority of rain and snow in winter and early spring. It’s been a dry fall. December… Continue reading Winter Wonderland (California Style)

Heat Stress

Western spice bush (Calycanthus occidentlias) under some severe heat stress in this part sun foothill garden. Is more water the answer?  I’ve been receiving several questions over the past month or so about plants that have been doing fine for years, but suddenly this summer are looking ragged. This is occurring in gardens that are… Continue reading Heat Stress

Visiting Denver Botanical Garden

One of the reasons I love to travel is to visit public lands and botanic gardens, both to admire and discover plants that I am unfamiliar with, and to bring ideas back that might work in our Southern Sierra and southern central valley areas. I’m always interested and delighted when I see California native plants… Continue reading Visiting Denver Botanical Garden

A garden of another color

Our newer, water-saving landscapes are helping us break free of plain old green in the garden. With many plants, the traits that make them water-thrifty, also give them interesting foliage color and form. We can use this to our advantage by creating a “wow!” garden based on the monochromatic style. Monochromatic gardens have been around… Continue reading A garden of another color

The New Perennial Movement & California Native Plants

                                A design style that makes good use of California native plants is The New Perennial Movement. This design trend, likes most styles, shares similarities with other themes. Probably the best comparison is a naturalistic or wild-scaping style. Efforts to encourage planting native plants has also been a large part of The New Perennial Movement… Continue reading The New Perennial Movement & California Native Plants

Earth Day in the native plant garden

     When I was a younger, idealistic college student, I participated in Earth Day activities every year in the Southern California city where I lived. I don’t remember thinking I was making a big positive change to the environment. It seemed more like something I should do, and it was fun, and made me feel… Continue reading Earth Day in the native plant garden

Spring in the CA native plant garden

Late-winter is one of my favorite seasons in the garden.  Plants that were dormant in summer and fall look refreshed and green now. One of the showiest is silver bush lupin (Lupinus albifrons), with great stalks of purple or pink flowers that you can see from a distance. Bush lupin like to grow in colonies,… Continue reading Spring in the CA native plant garden

Spring!

All the talk is about the lack of water. But still, the flowers bloom. I’ve been especially enjoying the beautiful Ceanothus at the Springville Park and the bush lupin by the roadsides and the wildflowers along some peaceful, reverential walks lately. The grapes are leafing out. The  buckeyes, oaks and cottonwoods promise shade again this… Continue reading Spring!

Mothers’ Day Spring Boutique – May 5, 2012

Saturday – May 5 –  Scroll below for full flyer — I can’t wait!   This is shaping up to be one fine event, and I am thrilled to be a part of this celebration, which benefits Friends of Tulare County Animals and is being held at just one of the prettiest gardens in Tulare County.… Continue reading Mothers’ Day Spring Boutique – May 5, 2012

See you at Saturday’s Market!

Howdy, Full newsletter next week, but in the meantime hope to see you Saturday: Springville Ranch Market Place “First Saturdays’ Saturday, March 3 9 a.m. – noon CA Native Plants for sale – including some spectacular CA Lilac and Manzanitas from Theodore Payne Foundation, plus Sages,std Coffeeberry and more. Opportunities to talk about your upcoming… Continue reading See you at Saturday’s Market!