Wildflower Weekend at Rancho

This weekend was the Wildflower Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. If you weren’t able to see the Wildflower Show, it will be open for a third day, on Monday, April 21st. Though the irises have past peak, the garden is still looking lovely. The following album shows pictures of the garden taken today. […]

Trees at TIFR

The trees on the campus of the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR) are truly amazing. I have not done nearly enough looking and photographing so this will be my project for our remaining two days here. To start off, check out the flowers and fruits of this tree. It is called the canon ball tree (Couroupita […]

Summer Color (that’s not brown)

There has been a very interesting discussion, Native Plant Stars of the Summer Doldrums, on the California Native Plants google group. As people were sending messages about what is blooming in their gardens, despite the long period without rain and with intense heat, it got me thinking about the plants I know that are colorful (flowers, fruit […]

Dividing Irises – Part 2

A little more than a month ago (October 14) I dug up a few Pacific Coast irises from the woodland garden to transplant to a new location – one that won’t make such an appealing doggie bed for Milo. I started in October because I could see the irises were coming out of dormancy. After […]


I know that we have not suffered through a long cold, snowy winter, and so I don’t deserve to feel so springtime happy. Who can help it? We did have a big winter storm last weekend, so maybe it’s okay. Whether it is or not, IT’S SPRING AND THE FLOWERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!

Lazy Woman’s Garden

I was all set to write about how I finally used up the last of the Meyer lemons but instead I spent some time taking pictures in the yard. (Yes I did use them up – preserved Meyer lemons. More about that later.) I am happy to report the garden is doing well with not […]

It Feels Like Spring…

While members of my family living “back east” are reporting dire conditions – snow, sleet, hail, thunder, and more snow – we have experienced a sudden burst of spring. (Darl, Lou, Linda, Ellen, Lizzie, Jacob, and all significant others, please don’t be mad at me for this post – if you see it – I’m […]

October GBBD

Middle of the month of October and not much in bloom. Among the natives in my garden, only buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), coast goldenbush (Isocoma menziesii), California fuchsia (Epilobium), and California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) are blooming. But it is the quiet of the garden that is so appealing right now, here and even more so […]

The Wedding

Although most of the country is reaching its peak flowering season, those of us who garden with native plants here in the LA Basin, are long past peak. And so it was a challenge to have lots of flowers for my son’s backyard wedding last weekend. With extra watering, help from mother nature with some […]