Warning: For plant geeks only

Way back in 1993 a large, imposing and impressive book was published by UC Press. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, edited by James Hickman, was a revision of Jepson’s 1925 Manual of the Flowering Plants of California. It became the go-to reference for all serious California native plant geeks. When there were disputes about the […]

Selecting healthy plants

There are many books, articles, and websites with tips on selecting healthy nursery plants. The lists usually include checking to be sure your new plant is pest-free, has healthy green leaves, an undamaged stem, and healthy roots. In short, it should look healthy. Native plants, however, often look different from the common garden center varieties. […]

Updates

Quick note to let you know that I continue to update lists and events. Orchid Black, Native Sanctuary, suggested a few excellent additions to the list of native plants that offer summer color (that’s not brown). Thanks to Orchid. Wanted to also mention a few upcoming events. Summer is over, whether the weather knows it […]