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.

Plant Selection for a Native Plant Garden

The following slide show was created for the Plant Selection and Maintenance of California Native Plants class at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden today. Unfortunately we ran out of time so I couldn’t show it. There were good questions and discussions during the class, so hopefully people got the info they need. Below are garden […]

Native Grasses, Sedges and Rush for the Garden, Part VI

And finally, the last of this series on native grasses and grass-like plants for the garden. I am hoping to add more in the future, including blue-eyed grass, bulbs, and other true grasses such as melic grass (Melica imperfecta), giant needlegrass (Achnatherum coronatum, and cane bluestem (Bothriochloa barbinodis). Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis ) is […]