As one commenter noted, my website, weedingwildsuburbia.com, should be called weddingwildsuburbia.com. In preparation for the big day (25 days to go, omg) I am now turning my attention to removing the spent wildflowers, mostly globe gilia (Gilia capitata), and cutting back the California poppies (Eschscholzia californica). It has been a wonderful and long-lived display due […]

Monkeyflowers Peak Too Soon

Arghh! The monkeyflowers (Mimulus aurantiacus and cultivars) are looking great, but a month too early. I had hoped that they would hold off a bit longer and be blooming for the wedding. I expected the globe gilia (Gilia capitata) to be finished, but was hoping the Margarita BOP penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’) wouldn’t be […]

Theodore Payne Foundation Annual Garden Tour

Some gardens were small and intimate; others grand and stately. Some were private and restful; others exuberantly displayed their spring colors for all to see. Some were quirky and fun; others elegant and understated. Some were merely a couple of years old; others have been growing and evolving for ten times as long. Some were […]

Wildflowers near Gorman

On Wednesday I went with Colleen Wheeler, RSABG grounds staff, to collect wildflowers for the annual Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Wildflower Show. Equipped with collecting permits, ziplock bags, coolers, ice and clippers, we made our way to Gorman and beyond. The best displays were seen early in the day on Bear Mountain Blvd, east […]