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The New Perennial Movement & California Native Plants

By Peyton / June 3, 2016

                                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 […]

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Earth Day in the native plant garden

By Peyton / April 25, 2016

     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 […]

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Spring in the CA native plant garden

By Peyton / February 11, 2016

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, […]

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Planting in winter

By Peyton / December 14, 2015

Our season of fall planting is nearing its conclusion. But if you need to finish off the landscape this year, or are like me and want to add “just a few more” new plants to the garden, here are some ideas and tips to ensure success with your new transplants. In fact, there are some […]

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Autumn is here, but do we care?

By Peyton / September 24, 2015

I should have paid more attention to the Autumnal Equinox, the day when day and night are the same length. For a few months, until the solstice, there will be a little more night than day. I should have posted something on facebook, sent out a tweet, posted pictures on Pinterest of what a typical […]

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A New Era

By Peyton / April 10, 2015

This article first appeared in the April 4 edition of the Porterville Recorder newspaper.                You’ve probably heard that on April 1, the state Water Quality Control Resource Board announced new state-wide water restrictions. This was no April Fool’s joke, however. Stricter restrictions were expected, so there was nothing surprising in the announcement, and nothing […]

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Winter in the California native plant garden

By Peyton / December 20, 2014

What do you need to do in winter to keep your California native plant garden thriving? The following tips are geared towards gardens in California’s Central Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada. These ideas can also apply to gardens that share similar traits: 1) Inland – Little or no ocean influence means cold winters and long, […]

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Summer: planning & preperation time in the California native plant garden

By Peyton / June 17, 2014

The next few months are planning and preparing season in the California native plant garden. Perhaps especially this year, we look forward to the return of seasonal precipitation and cooler weather. But we can make the most of the long, warm, dry days. Yes, there are benefits to these days of summer! Benefits both to […]

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Spring!

By Peyton / March 19, 2014

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 […]

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Cold, cold, cold

By Peyton / December 10, 2013

This article first appeared in the Porterville Recorder newspaper Dec. 7-8, 2013 and was written with mainly the Southern Sierra and Central Valley gardens in mind, but hopefully it’s useful to native plant gardeners across California.  Cold, cold, cold Frost periods like the one we’ve just had make me glad most of my plants are […]

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Summer arrives with a roar –

By Peyton / July 5, 2013

How is your garden weathering this heat wave? The best care is prevention, watering extra up to a week ahead of an anticipated hot spell. But if you didn’t have the chance to do this, here are some tips for during and after the hot weather: 1)  Overhead water your plants in the early morning […]

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Planning for fall

By Peyton / July 1, 2013

Summer is a great season to plan changes to your garden or an entirely new landscape. Here’s a step-by-step way to start the design process on your own.  What’s the biggest challenge when trying to determine what plants to use and where to put them? Sometimes organizing the garden scheme can seem overwhelming, especially when […]

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