Sunday, March 29, 2009

Poppies Appear in the Sage Meadow

Without a care, this month the annual orange California Poppies marched right through the purple perennial Bees Bliss Sages. With a color combo so stunning one can forgive the arrogance of the poppies and the reticent nature of the sages. The ever-silver Canyon Prince Giant Rye Grass agrees.

The Formula:
7 ea - Bee's Bliss Sage (Salvia 'Bee's Bliss) planted 4-5' apart
1-2 ea - Seed Packet of California Poppies sprinkled starting in Nov. or w/ the rains
3 ea - Canyon Prince Giant Rye Grass (Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince') planted 4-5' apart

Photo by Julie Gonella

Friday, March 27, 2009

Volunteers are Gold

With over 12 volunteers this past Friday, the garden was bustling like a Sonoran bumble bee in a California Poppy. They planted new grasses by the stream. They laid down tons of mulch. They weeded the wildflower area. We love our volunteers!

Volunteers Juan, Lee and Celeste pictured planting grasses. Photo by Julie Gonella.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hunting for Native Plants

We know you. You are a South Bay plant geek on the lookout for the best local places to buy California native plants. That is why you are reading this post. Where are they you ask? You already know that Armstrong's used to carry some but the search there this month was fruitless. You know that Annie's in MB used to have some but they are gone. You know unless you are a landscaper you can't get them at Kobata's in Gardena anymore. You know that International Gardens in El Segundo sometimes has some - but will they have a Catalina Ironwood Tree or that Manzanita you read about in Sunset Magazine? You missed the native plant sales at Theodore Payne and The South Coast Botanic Garden. You are tempted to go to Home Depot but you know the only thing there is Red Fountain Grass - and you know it's invasive and not a native. Bite the bullet. You have to drive out of town. Get your list together, fill up the tank and make an adventure of it. What could be better?

Tree of Life Nursery
33201 Ortega Highway
P.O. Box 635
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693

949-728-0685 call for retail hours

Las Pilitas Nursery

8331 Nelson Way,

Escondido, CA 92026

760-749-5930 call for retail hours

El Nativo Growers


Plants may be ordered via e-mail @ and then picked up in Azusa, CA


Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street

Sun Valley, CA 91352

818-768-1802 call for days & hours