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Author: mandmweb

Tips for Native Plant Heat Wave Gardening

Now that last summer’s extreme heat is behind us, it is time to take stock and see what we have learned. Although I have seen numerous articles (here and here – thank you, Jane S. for sharing these) on garden tips for nonnatives, including subtropicals, vegetables, and fruit trees, I have not found much related to native plant gardening. Below I have laid out some tips for pre, during, and post-heat wave gardening with native plants. I also made an inventory of my garden plants that survived and those that didn’t. Before the heat arrives Water thoroughly. You want the water to...

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PechuKucha, anyone?

Almost two months since my last post. Are you still out there? Well, it isn’t cause I ain’t been busy. Spent the summer in the Pacific Northwest and was relieved to get back to LA where the air is clear. Funny when our air is better than Seattle’s but that’s what happens when there are fires nearby. Since returning I have been playing around with PechuKucha. That’s a presentation format of 20 slides X 20 seconds. I first tried using PowerPoint, but the recording was a nightmare. Had it all written out, but I’d mess up on slide #18...

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Heat Wave in the Nature Park

The South Pasadena – Arroyo Seco Woodland & Wildlife Park (S. Pas Nature Park) is usually hotter than my home garden by a few degrees. It measured 114º at home and so we were concerned about how new and old plants survived the heat wave in the park. As  expected, it was a mixed bag. Many trees, old and young, exhibited significant leaf burn. The golden current shriveled up and went dormant. The toyons had significant leaf burn and younger plants don’t look like there is much chance of recovery. Some plants, though, seemed to be just fine. Surprisingly, the...

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Keeping Plants Alive in Extreme Heat

We are currently enjoying a balmy 99+ degree day. After the record breaking heat of 114º F on Friday, this is somewhat of an improvement. In this blog post I will 1) suggest practices to help your plants make it through the extreme heat; 2) share temperature data from my garden; and 3) give an update (and pictures) on how my plants are doing on day 3 of extreme heat. Tips Before extreme heat arrives Water deeply during the cool part of the day to hydrate plants. Spray leaves in early morning to remove pests and dust. The leaves...

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After the flowers

Wildflower season is “past peak” and I’d like to remind you that the glorious, youthful, bright flowers now enter the very important stage of making and dispersing seed. Though my camera is still drawn to brightly colored flowers, I try to point it at the broken stems, brown seed pods, and graying leaves that are present in this phase of life. The parallel to animals, including – no, especially – humans, is obvious. As we move from the giddy days of courtship to the more staid and serious time of being adults, a few gray hairs appear, some wrinkles become...

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