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Spring 2013

By Peyton / March 1, 2013

Howdy, March 1 – weather is warm – rain is scarce – the bush lupins  & early wildflowers are blooming, and it’s hard not to want to plant something! But it’s early days yet, and if all goes well, we’ll have another few storms–maybe even cold ones–before spring really settles in. I know this, I […]

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California native plants during the Freeze

By Peyton / January 12, 2013

Plants that need help now, during periods of sustained low temperatures: 1) plants you found and bought at nurseries outside the area that originate –grow in the wild–in areas that don’t routinely experience freezing. 2) plants that originate in low elevation areas that you planted in your high (2000′ feet and above) garden. 3) plants […]

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Native Plant Fall Festival

By Peyton / November 9, 2012

Nov. 17 & Nov. 18    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.   both days   — River Ridge Ranch, Springville, CA Wow! Our first day of the Festival was fantastic. Warm, fall beauty, no rain (cloudy and breezy, but just right). We listened to poetry and prose sitting around the fire pit, walked trails, planted some Cleveland […]

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CA native plant sales this fall

By Peyton / October 5, 2012

Opportunities to buy CA native plants this Fall! November is a great month to plant! Saturday November 3 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (note early closing time) Springville Ranch Marketplace -The White Barn Hwy 190 & Balch Park Rd, Springville Monthly “first Saturdays” at the marketplace. **CA native plants **Climate-right, low-maintenance plants from around the […]

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Almost Autumn

By Peyton / August 28, 2012

Howdy I’m writing this indoors in the office, but I really want to be outdoors. The thermometer’s reading 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit, but it feels cooler, which I guess is an upside for going through days and days of over 100 degree-temps. Perhaps, it also feels cooler because night-time temperatures have been lower, so early morning, […]

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Spring into summer in the native plant garden

By Peyton / May 24, 2012

How is your spring going so far? Finished planting? Irrigation ready to go? Beds mulched? Ha!   I try not to feel too bad when there are still tons of projects I want to do this spring, plants I want to get in the ground (but first a new planting bed must be made….), seeds I […]

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An Exiting Day in the Nursery!

By Peyton / April 3, 2012

Update May 25: The Pretty Face (Tritelea ixiodes ssp scabra) are almost done blooming now…what a tremendous year, to see so many, even the ones in plug or 3″ pots, come out and say “howdy” this year. Great! The plants are available for sale now for a premium price, or wait ’till fall to buy […]

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Spring Planting?

By Peyton / March 19, 2012

Happy Monday or apres la deluge… Need Spring Plants? Let me do the driving so you don’t have to! Read more below… Well, finally some rain, eh? And snow and hail and local flooding. Welcome spring?! Although the days are expected to be warmer through the week, avoid soil compaction by delaying planting or working soil […]

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Spring!

By Peyton / March 12, 2012

How’s your winter been? I’ll “confess,” although that’s not really the right word, that my winter has been challenging. Lots of big plans that didn’t quite work out, at least the way I intended. Translation: the lessons never end! One of those important lessons has been the realization and need to acknowledge the life lines […]

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Almost Spring?

By Peyton / February 2, 2012

Here in the Southern Sierra signs of imminent Spring are everywhere. Ceanothus are budding, and a few of them, like the ones at the Springville Native Plant park, are beginning to bloom. Heuchera and Hummingbird Sage also are sending out or opening flowers. Manzanita have been blooming for almost a month now. Is summer around […]

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Winter is a season for planning the Spring Garden

By Peyton / January 4, 2012

It happens every spring: as the weather warms and the largest floral display of the year begins in nature and in our gardens, we feel the great pull to be part of the exuberance. Winter Design Special Trips are made to the garden centers. Plants bought, singly or en masse. Plants are planted, or not. […]

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Winter Begins

By Peyton / December 22, 2011

I hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season in whatever way you celebrate it (or don’t). Today, the first day of winter, makes me think of: Cold – the lowest temperatures yet are expected tonight and tomorrow night. But once the sun comes over the hill, it has been warming up nicely, allowing plenty of […]

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