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Author: mandmweb

Labyrinth Garden

I know that I have not written about my wild suburbia home garden in a long time. This is not because nothing is happening; to the contrary, the last piece of lawn has met its end! The small bit of turf grass – woefully out of place – on the east side of the front yard is no more. I have been watering the deodar tree deeply but infrequently, allowing the lawn to dry out between periods of irrigation. I then gave this struggling patch of St. Augustine grass a close crop using my weed wacker, and covered it...

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South Pas nature park

Have you been down to the South Pasadena nature park recently? Although we are at the end of nearly 10 months with almost no rain at all, the park is looking great. With the cooler temperatures and a sprinkle of rain, quite a few plants – such as penstemons, sagebrush, and bush sunflowers, and others –  are coming out of dormancy. The buckwheat flowers are dark rusty brown, and the toyon berries are bright red, even orange on one plant. Surprisingly, the California fuchsias continue their long bloom period of around five months! Enough words. If you can’t take...

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Putting the Garden to Bed

In Vancouver BC, we have such mild winters – except last year! – that one could continue gardening through most of the year.  But at this time of year, most plants have slowed right down in their growth, and dropped their leaves, and so it is a time to “put it to bed”, do some tidying up, turning off hose bibs, removing garden hoses, and covering up pottery and other items which could be damaged if there were any harsh freezes. The weather has been quite wet, so I’ve not been motivated to do more than the basic cleanup. ...

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Native Plant Sale

Late autumn through winter is the best time of year to plant in Southern California, especially if you are adding climate-appropriate and beautiful California native plants. The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of California Native Plant Society (our local chapter) is holding its annual sale on November 4, 2017 from 9 am – 2pm at Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. Join Us CNPS Native Plant Sale Please join us at our plant sale where you will find a large variety of well priced, unusual, and low water use California native plants and wildflower seeds. (Click here for a preview...

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Pruning (continued)

The last two posts – Garden Gloves, and Pruning Gooseberries – segue into today’s piece perfectly. Since we returned from the Pacific Northwest I have been cutting back the humongous sunflowers in the front yard. I don’t usually pull them out; rather, I cut the branches and smaller stems until there is only a main stalk. Then I either pull it out or cut it to the ground. I cut the smaller stems into pieces and leave them on the ground as mulch. I dream about making some really cool garden sculpture with the stalks that can be six...

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