• Posts Tagged ‘CA natives’

    California native meadow project – third year

    by  • November 19, 2012 • Meadow project

    To prepare for a community garden club talk on this meadow project today, this slideshow was put together to show highlights from the first two years. This will give you an idea of what changes have been made from this former weedy field! First I seeded the meadow the first year, 2010, with California...

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    Lewis Creek: The Wildflowers

    by  • June 1, 2011 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    Lewis Creek is about 7 miles south of Yosemite National Park, CA. The trail all along it with the flowers,waterfalls and natural beauty are a lovely alternative to visiting the Park if you have limited time, or if you want to avoid crowds, or if the roads are snowy in the Spring. I described the trail...

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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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    Planting wildflower ‘muffins’

    by  • April 15, 2011 • Garden, How to, Spring

    The seedlings were ready to be planted.  They were sown last January first, from the same CA native wildflower seed mix from S&S Seeds purchased last Fall and sown for the meadow project. The blocks were a bit dry after a week of no rain and the seed tray was deep enough that a fork worked well to lift or...

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    The story of California native gardens is the story of weeds

    by  • March 29, 2011 • Spring

    Another post on weeds… Judith Larner in ‘Gardening with a Wild Heart’ says “Somewhere in all this activity (of discovering CA native gardening), the gardener notices that most of the work involved is weeding. The story of gardening in California, and indeed the whole world, is the story of weeds.”   Do not let...

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    Planning a large forest garden

    by  • March 5, 2011 • Garden, How to, Projects, Winter

    For some of us, here in the California foothills, especially those who live near the national forest, nature provides the perfect landscaping. Using the existing trees and native plants can help your garden design blend smoothly into the surrounding landscape.  Caring for  a large forest property has its challenges and rewards. The garden plan here...

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    Creating a long lasting garden

    by  • March 4, 2011 • Design, Garden

    Three levels, from right, cultivated Mediterranean and native plants, below path, introduced natives and beyond the bench, natural

    A common word in gardening this decade is ‘sustainable’; sustainable gardening is using the principles of ecological wisdom.  When planting and puttering in my garden, which is two acres planted with CA natives, Mediterranean plants close to the house and natural groomed forest beyond, I think of this. How do I also create a...

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