• Plant Profiles

    California Fuchsia, easy to grow, complicated in name

    by  • April 22, 2011 • Drought tolerant plants, Plant Profiles • 15 Comments

    Growing California Fuchsia is like hanging out a neon sign to a certain pollinator, namely hummingbirds! It also fills a need many native plant gardeners have of maintaining a colorful garden all year and Zauschneria fits that description. The red, red-orange, pink, or white blossoms — sized just for a hummingbird’s beak — open...

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    A California native, served sunny side up

    by  • April 18, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Spring • 5 Comments

    It’s California Native Plant Week and I’m profiling a different California native each day that is on my particular wish list. The first is Coulter’s Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri. The flowers of the tall and dramatic Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri, look eggish, growing atop an 8-12 foot plant.  A perennial, this grey-green leafed California...

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    Native plants from Lewis and Clark, found in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • December 28, 2010 • History, Plant Profiles • 4 Comments

    Blue Flax, Linum lewisii

    Lewis & Clark discoveries we can plant… In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson requested $2500 from Congress to send Meriwether Lewis and William Clark off on the Corps of Discovery expedition.  See how their discoveries influenced the garden world of today in our foothills! Lasting from 1804 to 1806, this was the first exploration of the...

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    Of fog and rain

    by  • December 18, 2010 • Fall, Plant Profiles, Weather • 4 Comments

    “An absolute patience. Trees stand up to their knees in fog. The fog slowly flows uphill. White cobwebs, the grass leaning where deer have looked for apples. The woods from brook to where the top of the hill looks over the fog, send up not one bird. So absolute, it is no other than...

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