• CA natives

    California Bush Anemone!

    by  • May 23, 2017 • CA natives, Garden

    Carpenteria californica, California Anemone

    Happy discovery! On Crane Valley Rd (221), just north of Manzanita Lake Rd,(222) going toward Bass Lake, I discovered something quite wonderful! Two full grown California Bush Anemones! That may not sound exciting, but in my own garden I had just discovered that my own California Bush Anemone, Carpenteria californica, finally, finally, had pushed up...

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    Sycamore, king of Sierra foothill trees

    by  • May 13, 2017 • CA natives, Sierra Foothills

    Sycamore

    The stately sycamore With slanted and twisted trunks and mottled bark, the California Sycamore is a majestic curiosity.  For me, this stately native marks nature’s cycle with beauty and grace and also reminds me of my childhood. Sycamore! I love this tree and grew up with one next to our lawn in suburbia. I used to volunteer to...

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    Penstemons, a perfect foothill flower

    by  • March 18, 2016 • CA natives, Plant Profiles

    Penstemon 'Elfin Pink'

    Beautiful Beard Tongue As I stroll through the garden, my attention is drawn to how well adapted Beard Tongue or Penstemons are for the Sierra Foothills! Whether, cultivated hybrids or CA Natives, they are perfectly easy to grow and the bloom is spectacular in your garden.  Scroll through the ones I have in my garden and...

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    The Wildflowers: Yellows and whites

    by  • April 29, 2015 • CA natives, Spring

    Wildflowers yellows and whites

    “What’s blooming Wednesday” In the Sierra foothills, after the blues, of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks, the early Spring wildflowers: The blues, come the yellows and whites of April. Have you seen these? All over the roadsides now you’ll see blooming Elderberry bushes, with lemony white umbrel (Umbrella) shaped flowers. have you wondered about...

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    Spring wildflowers: The blues

    by  • March 30, 2015 • CA natives, Sierra Foothills

    Spring wildflowers Blues

    Driving the foothills: Stopping and turning around…. We had to stop and turn around to photograph this field of Lupine, Vetch and Blue dicks under the oaks growing thickly in a patch. Iridescent blues just glowed here in a flowery show right next to the roadside not far from our home near Oakhurst. To...

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    In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    by  • October 8, 2014 • CA natives, Field Trip

    Intermountain-Nursery

    Celebrating a fine nursery… Have you been here?  I hope so! We are very fortunate to have a nursery nearby that purchases and grows plants that are perfect for our foothill gardens.  Besides having a wide variety of California native and drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, Bonnie Bladen, her husband Ray Laclergue and their staff...

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    Why hate the beautiful Bull pine?

    by  • August 4, 2013 • CA natives, Plant Profiles

    Bull pines

    Myths and facts about the Sierra Foothills Bull pine From the time we moved into the mountains, I heard from neighbors and local friends about the Bull pines.  Bull pines, Pinus sabiniana, are seemingly hated, seen as ugly, messy trees and reputed to somehow(?) suck water from people’s wells and aquifers. You must cut down...

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