Category: Gardening

December 2015 California Native Plants Photos

Arctostaphylos, Manzanita beginning to bud

It’s just an incredibly beautiful winter day here in Southern California so I grabbed the camera and took some shots of my California Native plants to share with you. While it is winter and snowing and plants are dormant in some areas, here in my yard the California Native plants are just starting to awaken …

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Gifts in a Jar – Relaxing Herbal Milk Bath Mix

Gifts in a Jar - Relaxing Herbal Milk Bath Mix. Powdered milk and Epsom salts combined with herbs or even dried herbal tea make a soothing bath mix.

Looking for a simple but special homemade gift? How about Homemade Milk Bath Mix? You toss a few ingredients together in a jar, add a pretty label (like this free printable one), decorate the jar with some nice ribbon and/or material and POOF! you are done. They get to soak away the stress of the …

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A little perspective from the garden

Wayne Roderick daisy - Erigeron glaucus

For anyone exposed to media of any kind this week there is no denying things have been overwhelmingly morose. Besides the happenings in World News, personally things have been a little bothersome too. Add in the lovely menopausal hormone fluctuations and I was headed for a meltdown of epic proportions. And then I went outside. At first, I …

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I am going to my happy place

Murrieta, CA snow on Dec 31, 2014

Summer is unofficially over. Too bad no one told Mother Nature! Our 5 day forecast: UGH! It is so miserable out there my yard looks hot and tired. Which, for California native plants, is actually quite normal. They go dormant in the dry and heat. Come cooler wet weather they will perk up again. I am …

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Down low in the garden

pink water lily

Last week I posted some close up photos of the flowers in my garden. This week I decided to get down low and take shots from another angle. I only lasted a short while out there, because it is rather hot out there, and when you are a woman “of a certain age” the heat …

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A Gardener’s Midsummer Nightmare!

The Happy Little Gardener versus the Odious Manduca quinquemaculata.

It began in late winter. The hopes, the dreams, the plans. The Happy Little Gardener scoured seed catalogs and stores for just the right ones. Choices were made and 6 weeks before the predicted last frost date, the delicate little seeds were hopefully nestled into nutrient rich seeding medium in a draft free place with …

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Close up and personal with some California Native Plants

Fallugia paradoxa, Apache Plume.

So many Californians are still under the misguided impression that in order to have a drought tolerant garden you need to have rocks and cacti. And I won’t even comment on people outside of the state that still insist the entire state is, and always was, a desert. In my area, Coastal Sage Shrub is …

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Saturday in my yard

The weather was finally cool enough to spend some time outside, so we made the most of it. I snapped these flower photos for the Bloggers Get Social Photo A Day Prompt “flowers”. lovely little lavender blossom. lily in the pond Zauschneria californica – one of the California native plants. My son kept himself occupied… …

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