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 […]
December is the height of the gardening season in California, yet looking back over what I have posted this month there is little on what I am doing in my garden. I’ve written about what’s blooming and fruiting at Rancho, disease attacks walnut trees, visit to Station Fire burn area of the San Gabriel Mountains, […]
Tips on growing native wildflowers in the 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 […]
Many of you followed the story of the city citation for my wildflower parkway garden. If you didn’t you can read about it here. To make a long story short, a neighbor called the city to report that our garden was out of compliance with the city parkway landscape improvement ordinance. According to that ordinance […]
globe gilia (Gilia capitata) seed heads From Wild Suburbia I’ve started something new on WildSuburbia. On the right is a new column: What I’m Doing in My Garden. Each time I do something in the garden I will list it, as briefly as possible. This way there will be a running list of garden work […]
I planted some baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) seeds in a pot on December 17th and as you can see they are germinating nicely. This year I sowed lots of new seeds all over the yard, and am also seeing many previous years’ annuals coming back. It should be a great wildflower season.