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Author: mandmweb

Lawn-less sustainable garden

I got rid of the last bit of lawn in Wild Suburbia. We are lawnless, lawn-free, turf-be-gone, but definitely not grassless! Deergrass, California fescue, melic grass, purple needlegrass, and even the non-grasses, blue-eyed grass (in the Lily Family), and rush (sometimes called rush-grass, in the Rush Family) have a place in my garden and in my heart. Lawnless at last. This is the east side of the front yard before landscapers install a flagstone patio (set on a bed of sand). But back to my former lawn. You may be wondering how I did it. How exactly did I...

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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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