Wanted to also mention a few upcoming events. Summer is over, whether the weather knows it or not, and the fall plant sales will be starting up. The San Gabriel Mts. Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is having its sale on Saturday, November 10 from 9 am to 2 pm. I posted about it before and will continue to put out reminders because I really, really want you to come. We have been ordering plants but have not uploaded the plant list because it has not been finalized (there’s nothing worse than disappointing a native plant shopper by listing something that isn’t available at the sale). Last year’s list, though, will give you a good idea of the number and types of plants we are likely to have. I hope to see lots of you at the sale.
And finally, look what Krista and I did in the garden. As I have said before, I do more removing these days than planting. The Frosty Blue California lilac (Ceanothus ‘Frosty Blue’) was planted in fall of 2002. For the past several years its bloom has been less spectacular. The plant was huge and it was crowding the oak living next door to it. Time for it to go! Easier said than done but it really wasn’t too bad – at least not with Krista’s muscles!
Choppin’ away at Frosty Blue.
Down to the skeleton and now comes the hard work of getting the root out.
Before and after. The oak has room to grow and I think it looks much better with the trunk exposed. Maybe I’ll put in some smaller plants like some more California buckwheat.