October GBBD

Middle of the month of October and not much in bloom. Among the natives in my garden, only buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), coast goldenbush (Isocoma menziesii), California fuchsia (Epilobium), and California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) are blooming. But it is the quiet of the garden that is so appealing right now, here and even more so […]

What I learned about oaks

As promised here’s a report on what I learned at Rancho last weekend about oaks – diseases and pruning. The class was taught by Susan Sims, master arborist (Sims Tree Health Specialist, Inc. and Sims Tree Learning Center) and Chuck Owen, certified arborist and pruner of heritage trees (Chuck’s Complete Tree Service, ph: 909-484-1373). Susan […]

Parkway Gardening

Gave a class at Rancho on Saturday on gardening in that wonderful no-man’s land, the parkway. I promised the participants that I would upload the presentation with the accompanying plant list, along with a more complete list of plants that are appropriate for parkways. I labeled non-woody perennials as perennial in form, woody spreading plants […]

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 […]

Pipevine Swallowtail at Rancho

Visited the garden yesterday to have a look around and say hello to some friends. While walking in the Cultivar Garden I was especially excited to see many black swallowtail butterflies flitting around the verbenas . Turns out they are the pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor). This interesting and beautiful butterfly has only one larval host […]