Summer Water

Note: This article was first published in July 2011. Since that time our summers seem to have gotten hotter, with some record-breaking highs. I am writing another article on summer water that addresses the stresses on plants and how to deal  with them in these extreme climate events.   Are you ready for the 4th […]

Is the rebate worth it?

My city, South Pasadena, and many others are offering rebates for converting lawns to reduced water-use landscapes. The current rebate program is scheduled to end on June 30, 2015. Clearly, lawn reduction through neglect, as described in the previous blog post,¬†will not get you the rebate! If you are interested in pursuing it, then you […]

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 […]

Garden Peace

Following the destruction of Arcadia Woodland, we now find the LA County Department of Public Works continuing on its path to dump more sediment on habitat, in accordance with plans made in the 1950s. One can only hope that they will reconsider and seriously investigate other ways to dispose of the sediment from the dams. […]

Gardens Gone Wild!

Tomorrow morning, 11 am – noon, I will be at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden nursery (Grow Native Nursery) in Claremont speaking about gardening with native annual wildflowers. Not just a regular talk with the security of Powerpoint, I’ll just be standing au natural – or so it seems – in the bright light […]