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Event: Maintenance Manuals for Residential Native Plant Gardens with California Native Plant Society – Tue, Sept, 9. 2014

The Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society  is pleased to present the following public program at 7:30  pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Sepulveda Garden Center 16633 Magnolia Boulevard, Encino, CA (just west of the intersection of Hayvenhurst and Magnolia) Program: Maintenance Manuals for Residential Native Plant Gardens Presenter: Ellen Mackey is a Senior Ecologist who […]

Noted: The Bountiful Buttonbush via Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

The Bountiful Buttonbush via  Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens Buttonbush, (Cephalanthus occidentalis), is a native shrub that gets high marks for its usefulness to wildlife. It’s also a personal favorite because, well, it’s just plain so amusing! And what could be better than a plant that’s useful and entertaining at the same time? Just look […]

Photo: Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)

Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)   Read more on this topic: Photo: Pumpkin flower Interesting Plant: Calico Monkeyflower (Mimulus pictus) Photo: Chamomile Flower Flower Drawing Photo: Strawberry Flower #garden #plant via Instagram

Video: Photo montage from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014

This is a photomontage of some sights from our visit to this year’s Southern California Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California including over 100 photos from the event. There is a lot to see a this show each year including show gardens, a huge collection of orchids, iris, succulents of all shapes and much, much, more. […]

Flowering Now: Calochortus superbus (Superb mariposa lily) – California Native

A few months ago I purchased this Calochortus superbus bulb at at meeting the California Native Plant Society. Native plants aren’t my typical choice for garden plants, but I loved the look of these flowers when I saw them during the speaker’s slide show, so I picked up one for myself and one for a […]

Video: Scenes from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014

Some sights from our visit to this year’s Southern California Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, California. There is a lot to see a this show each year including show gardens, a huge collection of orchids, iris, succulents of all shapes and much, much, more. Check out my collection of gardening essays, “From A Gardener’s […]

Garden Alphabet: California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)

California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum) I didn’t know much about this plant and flower until I saw it yesterday at the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2014. My friend, Keri, from Animalbytes.net, is much more knowledgable about native plants than I am, so she was able to offer some more information. I would love to plant […]

Interesting Plant: Calico Monkeyflower (Mimulus pictus)

Interesting Plant: Calico Monkeyflower (Mimulus pictus) I am quite familiar with our local native mimulus, but this is quite, quite different. The striking coloration and deep, dark center are quite amazing.  Discovered via Tumblr User, flowersgardenlove Mimulus pictus is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name calico monkeyflower. It is endemic to central California, where it is known only from the […]

Photo: “In the meadow…” – Strongsville, Ohio

Photo from our recent trip back to Ohio. This “meadow” was actually a field at the local park and adjoining school property near our cousins house. It was surround by narrow fencerows that were left quite natural and contained many wild currants and grapes. The natural look of the meadow, though, was enough to get […]

Video: Montage from visit to the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale

Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society 13th Annual Show and Plant Sale and Drought Tolerant Plant Festival Here is a 4:15 min video I created using 66 photos from our visit to the show on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The show continues on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Full information is available at the link above. Related: Panoramic […]