Highlights of Orange County’s Native Garden Tour

CNPS Orange County sponsored, hosted, organized (whatever you want to call it!) a Native Garden Tour on May 8, 2010.  The tour was very well-attended (numbers are coming in) and the weather was Southern California perfect!  After hosting duties at one of the gardens, I was able to visit 5 gardens out of 11, and here are some photo highlights from my day.

Meandering trail in dramatic canyon garden

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Orange County Native Garden Tour – Saturday, May 8, 2010

If you are in the Southern California area, you will not want to miss the Orange County Native Garden Tour, sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Eleven outstanding gardens will be open to the public for one day only, on May 8, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm, and this event is FREE to all enthusiasts.

Registration is required.  Click on this link for full descriptions of the gardens and for registration details.

Please spread the word! We are counting down less than four weeks until this fantastic event!

Spring Wildflowers in the Garden

Wildflowers are such a rewarding feature in a native garden.  Your neighbors and friends will be amazed by the color and variety.  If last year’s flowers were allowed to go to seed, and followed by good winter/spring rains, the flowers will delight us by coming out in great numbers and all corners of the garden.

Tidy tips and California poppy (Layia platyglossa and Eschscholtzia californica), Photo: Laura Camp

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

On March 12, I had the pleasure of visiting the premier native botanic garden in the Los Angeles area, on a beautiful sunny day.  The nearby snow-capped peaks were framed by large trees and flowering shrubs.

Many gardening ideas jumped out from all corners of the garden.  The container garden exhibit included this great hybrid Monkeyflower spilling out of a very large pot.

Mimulus 'Ruby Silver' (Hybrid Monkeyflower), Photo by Laura Camp at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

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Seasonal Color – March preview

March is just starting, and here in Southern California we can look forward to Ceanothus just starting to come into peak bloom.  Here’s a teaser from my home garden:  Island Ceanothus, Ceanothus arboreus, which makes a great large shrub or small tree, and is very fast growing.  This tree is about 12 feet tall and 12 years old, but was full-sized after 4 years.  Which Ceanothus are putting on a show in your yard?

Island Ceanothus, Ceanothus arboreus, Photo: Laura Camp ©Tree of Life Nursery

Seasonal Color – February

The month of February has rushed past us already.  Here are a couple of California native plant color highlights from the past month….

Pink-Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum, Photo: Laura Camp ©Tree of Life Nursery

The Gooseberries and Currents, Ribes spp., have continued their color show that started in January.  Pictured here is one of the stunning cultivars of Pink-flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum, Continue reading

Seasonal interest in the garden-January (3 of 3)

Finally a couple of January highlights that aren’t Manzanitas or Gooseberries!

Cneoridium dumosum, Photo by Laura Camp ©Tree of Life Nursery

Cneoridium (bless you!) (just kidding, that’s actually pronounced with a silent “c”), or Bushrue, from the coastal sage scrub or chaparral environments, is a very slow-growing small shrub in the garden, and it provides a bright white accent in the garden in January with it’s small vivid flowers.  Some people experience “contact dermatitis” when handling this plant, so take care.

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