• Plant Profiles

    A garden seasoned with Autumn sage

    by  • November 28, 2011 • Fall, Garden, Plant Profiles

    Autumn sages, Salvia greggii, are low key shrubs most of the year. In cool seasons these evergreen mounding sages shine and give us blooms for a long period adding radiant color to the garden. Right now in my garden they are still in full bloom and it reminds me to buy more! I’d love...

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    At the level of mushrooms

    by  • November 14, 2011 • Fall, Plant Profiles

    Too risky to try

    “Misidentify a mushroom and your liver could dissolve.”  Hank Shaw, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook  After one autumn rain, it’s enough moisture to release a passel of mushrooms pushing up from the loamy soil here along one of my paths.  I noticed that a few have been kicked, (by a man walking a dog) which...

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    Soap Plant in full bloom

    by  • July 24, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills

    Soap plant close up

    Studying the singular Soap Plant As the season passes, the Soap Plant is on the wane, still over 7 feet tall, waving over the drying meadow and garden. Here is a record of its life cycle here in the Sierra foothills. Wavyleaf Soap Plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum Startling at first, this strange plant is really very...

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    Summer native discoveries

    by  • July 6, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles

    Bush Beardtongue, Keckiella breviflora

    This spring and summer several plants native to California much to my delight. A couple were known, but have just been correctly identified. All will be added to my list of Existing native Plants, a list of those here before we. It’s a fascinating, educational journey to form this list and very enjoyable. Bush...

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    What’s blooming in June

    by  • June 27, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Summer

    Here are the native and non-native flowers and plants that are blooming this month in my Sierra foothill garden. The green seedpods of the Chocolate-scented daisy will dry in a layered pattern circling the center of the flower. None of the seeds I collected sprouted with the winter-sown method this year so further reading will have...

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    A profusion of Pretty Face

    by  • May 19, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    Pretty Face, Triteleia ixioides Sunny starry yellow, Pretty Face is sometimes called Golden brodiaea or Golden Stars, and is native to California, appearing only slightly beyond the borders, according to CalFlora. This variety, found on our place and all through the Oakhurst Yosemite area, may be Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra or Foothill Pretty Face. This pretty bulb first shows...

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    Enough Miner’s lettuce for a salad

    by  • May 11, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Spring

    In the shade the leaves are tender and sweet, like these growing out from under a bench.

    Much about Miner’s lettuce It may seem a weed in many California gardens, but you’ll find that miner’s lettuce, or Claytonia, is beautiful, useful and edible! “The Claytonia perfoliata was discovered on the northwest coast of America, by Mr. Archibald Menzies, and introduced by him into the Kew Garden, in the year 1796, where...

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    The wildflower meadow in May

    by  • May 9, 2011 • Meadow project, Plant Profiles

    May Meadow In Fall of last year, I became tired of a field full of Filaree and embarked on planting a marvelous meadow of native wildflowers and grasses. The Filaree stickers are evil and they stick terribly to Maggie, our Corgi. Here are photos showing the progress  and challenges, with the first wave of flowers...

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    Sitting…looking up at oaks

    by  • May 6, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills

    The Oaks of the Sierra foothills “I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again ‘I know that that’s a tree’, pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: ‘This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.” —...

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