When I first started the sidewalk native plant garden – way back in 1998 – I planted lots of sunflowers. Each year sunny, funny-faced flowers swayed on stalks six feet tall and taller. People asked how I grew them. It was easy – put the seeds in the ground and wait. People still ask me […]

Change in the Native Garden

Last fall’s wildfires in Southern California epitomize the changing nature of landscapes. Change can come suddenly through disturbance that accompanies catastrophic events like fires or floods, or it can be incremental occurring slowly over years. Stasis, or the lack of change, is non-existent in nature. Too often we forget that gardens, also, are systems that […]

It must be fall

The days are getting shorter and cooler. The toyon berries are blushing and the fuchsia-flowering gooseberry’s buds are swelling! I miss the east coast fall but revel in our own. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) berries are beginning to blush. Fuchsia-flowering gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) went dormant and is now loaded with leaf buds.

Selection and Care of California Native Plants Slide Presentation

I totally cannot believe I didn’t see this before, but here is the slide show in full, without me having to upload each and every slide. Phew! As a reminder from an earlier post, most of the information for this slide show comes from my experience growing native plants, my work at Rancho Santa Ana […]