• Really Cool Links

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    Links I really use, plus 121 unique Sierra foothill area & California webcams:

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    • Intermountain Nursery   Prather, CA  The ultimate for native and Mediterranean plants, perfect for our gardens here in the Mountain Community.
    • Western Sierra Nursery Oakhurst, CA Our local nursery knows our mountain garden needs
    • Bass Lake Farmer’s Market Spring to Fall If you haven’t a veggie garden yet, this is the place all summer here. They have flowers, nuts, berries, veggie chips, honey, music and more!
    • Eastern Madera SPCA Oakhurst, CA  Watch for local events and a May Iris sale.
    • Sierra Sun Times Wildflower site Mariposa, CA These wildflowers are also found here in Madera County.

     Websites

    • Dave’s Garden This is the site I use most often. You can create a journal of all your plants, read forums, …BEST plant ID and info page called PlantFiles. Also, they have great forums and a mail order nursery watchdog, called Garden Watchdog, with 1700 or more nursery reviews. Invaluable info.
    • Calphoto: A collection of photos of plants, animals and landscapes, mostly Californian. A project of Biodiversity Sciences Technology group. Help here to identify and learn about specific plants from millions of photos in California.
    • Calflora: Searchable database for information on names description, range, growing characteristics of all known California native plants
    • California Native Plant Link Exchange: A wonderful resource for all kinds of information on growing California native plants in your garden.
    • Certify your Backyard Habitat! Many of us have natural Wildlife Habitats already, but why not get certified at National Wildlife Federation? Good cause, too.
    • Wildseed Farms Planted twice in the ‘test garden’ in 5 years and the flowers are still coming every spring and summer. Great quality and their ‘Western Wildflower mix is especially for our area.
    • Renee’s Garden Seeds  You can find Renee’s seeds at Western Sierra Nursery and here you will find lots more info if you love seeds.
    • Larner Seeds  Judith Larner, from Bolinas, CA, wrote the book, ‘Gardening with a Wild Heart‘, one of my favorite inspirations as well as a great source for seeds. Also see article, The Basics of Sowing Wildflower Seeds
    • S&S Seeds– California native and non native seeds and seed mixes, Carpenteria, CA
    • Mountain Valley Growers Mountain Valley supplies some of the local nurseries, has occasional sales and here you will find info on specific plants they sell. They’re located on the way to Sequoia, Nat’l Park.
    • Henry W. Coe State Park Wildflower Album by color Great for wildflower IDs
    • Paghat’s GardenWonderful plant profiles and beautiful photographs here at quirky Paghat’s place, and even though she’s in WA, many of the plants will do here.
    • Las Pilitas Native Plant NurseryWebsite If you are interested in CA native or drought resistant or deer resistant plants or California plant communities, this site will give you lots of no nonsense good info.
    • Theodore Payne Foundation-CA natives Lots of good info and photos here. Theodore Payne was born in England, but after moving here, fell in love with California native plants. You gotta love that! From the site:
    In his own nursery and seed business, which he started in 1903, native wildflowers and landscapes were his specialty. In 1915 he laid out and planted 262 species in a five-acre wild garden in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. He later helped to establish the Blaksley Botanic Garden in Santa Barbara, planted 178 native species in the California Institute of Technology Botanic Garden in Pasadena, helped create the native plant garden at Los Angeles’ Descanso Gardens, and advised the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Orange County.
     

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    Half Dome, Dec 31, 2011 from the Yosemite Conservancy webcam

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    3 Responses to Really Cool Links

    1. Nancy
      February 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Here’s another cool link for finding CA natives that naturally grow in your area
      California Native Plant Link Exchange:
      http://www.cnplx.info/index.html

      • February 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        Thanks, Nancy, I will of course add this. What a great resource!

    2. tony gallardo
      November 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      need a colorado blue spruce tree to plant on my property but at a reasonable price

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