• CA natives

    California Bush Anemone!

    by  • May 23, 2017 • CA natives, Garden • 5 Comments

    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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    The Wildflowers: Yellows and whites

    by  • April 29, 2015 • CA natives, Spring • 2 Comments

    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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    In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    by  • October 8, 2014 • CA natives, Field Trip • 4 Comments

    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 • 23 Comments

    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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    California natives mix with Mediterranean neighbors

    by  • April 5, 2011 • CA natives, Drought tolerant plants • 5 Comments

    Taking advantage our our beautiful ‘natives’ Adding drought tolerant Mediterranean plants to our existing California natives is a winning strategy or a deer resistant garden. This planting area is a mix of CA natives and North American natives and Mediterranean plants suited to wild conditions. All are tough, hardy and blooming plants. We used...

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