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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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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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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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Mother’s Day Spring Boutique – May 11, 2013

By Peyton / May 9, 2013

Hope to see you at this event, which combines my love of plants with love of animals and so is dear to my heart: Mothers’ Day Spring Boutique Garrison Gourd Farm – Saturday, May 11, 2013  – 10 a.m. – 1p.m. 12944 avenue 320, Visalia CA Raffle & Refreshment proceeds benefit Friends of Tulare County […]

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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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Unusual CA Native Plants for your Garden

By Peyton / October 30, 2012

If you’re just getting started with discovering how wonderful, rewarding and easy-to-care-for (most of the time) our own State’s native plants are, you’re probably just falling in love with Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii), Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), Toyon (Hetermeles arbutifolia), Howard McMinn Manzanita (Arctostaphyllos desiflora ‘Howard McMinn’) and Concha Ceanonus (Ceanothus ‘Concha’). In fact, these […]

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