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 […]

Planting tips

It is a special time of year for gardeners in coastal California, it is gardening season. The weather report tells me it has been cold and wet, perfect for planting. Here in Mumbai , where I am living, it is hot and humid, though it has not rained since before we arrived a month and a […]

How much time does it take?

One of my biggest goals at Wild Suburbia is to hone my lazy-gardening skills. I know that my family laughs when I talk about how little time I spend in the garden. Yes, it is true that sometimes a quick fifteen minutes in the garden is two hours by the clock. After all, I am […]

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 […]

Do as I say, not as I do

It has been cool and foggy so I set up the sprinkler to water the garden strip between the fence and the sidewalk. As I mentioned in the post on summer watering, it is much better to water when it is not extremely hot and dry. First of all, less water is lost to evaporation. […]

Summer Water

Are you ready for the 4th of July? Here in southern California the weather finally figured out it is summer and the highs are predicted to climb into the triple digits. As I succumb to the dry heat, I am sorely tempted to water my native plants. After all, it is hard to believe they […]

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 […]