Plans are free and demonstration gardens at SRJC are underway. The themes are: •Under the Oaks - Gardening under the Oaks is easy and drought tolerant with the right plant choices and care not to water in the summer •Perennial Meadow - Perennial bunch grasses and flowering shrubs create a gorgeous garden full of habitat •Fire Safer Landscape - protect your home with defensible space and fire resistant plants Extremes of Drought Tolerance: Desert and Coastal Plant Communities - Gardening by plant community is important because these plants have evolved together #californianativeplants#landscapedesign ...
My newest addition is this California native! Dudleya Farinosa ‘Powdery Liveforever’. Isn’t it marvelous? 😍 . . Sadly, Dudleyas are being smuggled out of California 😳 who would’ve known these succulents are so valuable that ppl are stealing them from their natural habitats to sell in other countries! It’s truly sad 😔. If you see a succulent growing in an unkept area, please leave it alone. If ppl keep taking succulents from their natural habitat, soon we will have no more growing naturally 😞.
A fairly common view in Red Hills ACEC: a crab spider with an insect meal. This one has a (maybe) Eucerine bee. Red Hills seemed to be pretty rich in herbivorous/pollinivorous insect fauna, which provided a lot of food for predators. Maybe it was just more noticeable at Red Hills, but it seemed like there were a lot more predatory arthropods than in other places. Maybe that’s what a healthy ecosystem looks like and I’m just used to seeing degraded landscapes. • #californianativeplants#insect
It's Fern Friday! 🙌 Who doesn't love a fern. Today's fern is California polypody (Polypodium californicum) that goes dormant during from late spring until the rains appear in the fall (and we're hoping for rain next week 🙏). This fern anchors itself through rhizomes (creeping rootstalks) in the forest and often creates a beautiful ground cover effect and sometimes grows on rocks and on trees. #ncrposd#gooutsideandplay
The #baccharispilularis or #coyotebrush is in the air. This time of year, sans and is filled with the seeds of coyote brush. In restoration projects in the , it can be seen planted in islands in a sea of invasive grasses and oats, in hopes that the seeds will disperse and animals will make habitat of the native shrub islands. . . . . . . .
Here’s a chance to snag a real treasure, and give back to the landscape which inspired it. Orange for the poppies, the garibaldis, and the red diamond rattlesnakes. An enormous, half carat orange natural sapphire 😵!! embedded in a fine silver oak tree/world tree, burnished to a mirror finish, and lightly oxidized. 🧡 Total cost is 375.00, and 100$ of this purchase will go straight to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve. ***DM to purchase, this will not be on etsy*** I can’t say enough about how special this spot is, and now more than ever we need to be ...
Welcome to another Flora Fun Fact Friday! This week: Hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea). The hummingbird sage is a California native with a pleasant fruity scent, blooms between the months of March and May, and is a very drought tolerant plant. Suggested by its name, this beautiful plant is very popular with hummingbirds. It grows best under full or partial shade, so feel free to pick up a tree at our nursery as well to provide shade for your hummingbird sage! #ourcityforest#americorps
Our hearts are with all those affected by the Woolsey and Camp Fires - as well as those fighting them. . . . #repost @cnps.ci: Thank you for the reminder of California’s distinctively resilient beauty 🧡💔🧡💔🧡 ・・・ Fire poppies in the Whittier Fire scar 🔥 🔥 🔥 . . . #firepoppies
Today’s the day! We kick off the symposium this evening at 6:45 with our opening blessing by Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie followed by keynote presentation by Dr. Kevin Spelman, “Insights into Resilience: The Human-Plant Connection.” We’re still taking registrations over at ojaiherbalsymposium.org See you tonight at Krotona Hall in Ojai! #herbalmedicine#ojai
A somewhat common pollinivorous beetle, Anastrangalia laetifica, feeding on ithuriel’s spear pollen. In fact almost every time I’ve seen these beetles, they’ve been feeding on some sort of Triteleia species. The females of this species are red, like the one pictured, which I would think of as being a warning signal. What types of toxins could she have accumulated, or is she just tricking predators into thinking she’s toxic. • #insect#beetle
Our last work party of the year is this Saturday (Nov. 17) at 9:00 am. We’ll concentrate on trail maintenance, uncaging seedlings in the southeast area, and inspection of ailanthus sprouts. Break will be at 10:30 followed by a meeting to discuss plans for 2019. Our annual “thank you” lunch will follow at the Blossom Trail Cafe for all who have participated in the China Creek project in any way during 2018. Please join us, even if you aren’t able to make the work party! #centerville#fresno
🍁@june_scott_design captured this moment with the beloved Rebecca yesterday. Thank you @arlingtonpasadena for hosting our luncheon & plant swap, we loved mixing it up with everyone! 🍂 #repost @june_scott_design with @get_repost ・・・ Wonderful @apldca event with Rebecca Nash of #elnativogrowers . @arlingtonpasadena looking lovely in the golden fall light . . . . . .
This weekend I am releasing the next piece dedicated to supporting and celebrating the much needed open space initiatives in Southern California. Stay tuned for details... . . . . . . . . . . #californianativeplants#californiapoppy
Nature and Technology, the ole Valley and the new Valley come together here on Apple campus - A California native, California chestnut (Aeschylus californica) shows its fall chestnuts outside of the Apple spaceship campus. The campus opened in April 2017, has 9000 trees and many plants on and around it, with majority being California natives. #apple#applecampus
Join us this Sunday, November 18th at 5pm, as we continue restoring a once abandoned lot into a native habitat for birds, butterflies, and other need pollinators! We will also discuss about growing food for the local community, hosting workshops, and building relations with local organizations. #otsungna#decolonize
Phacelia campanularia, desert bells or desert bluebells, blooming among the boulders on the west slopes of Granite Peaks in the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness. Can cause dermatitis, says CalFlora— poodle-dog bush (Eriodictyon parryi), which causes severe skin irritation, is a cousin😳 #desertbells#desertbluebell
Its another historic year for wildfires here in California and its taking a big toll in our air quality. -Please get a N95 mask or P100 (particulate masks). People’s old TVs, Cars, etc, are in the air and you could be breathing this in! This is super dangerous! -Limit your time outside and try to stay indoors as much as you can. -Change the filters in your living space. The air quality right now is NOT a joke!
Our new normal during this time of year in California. We provide plans on our website on ways to adjust our landscaping to be more fire safe. Check them out and feel free to message us with questions. #californianativeplants#firesafelandscaping
Eriogonum lobbii. Lobb’s Buckwheat. In the Polygonaceae family. The most perfect shade of cotton candy pink exhibited right here by the one and only, Eriogonum lobbii. This is one of the best buckwheats out there because the flowers are so puffy and wooly. It’s like this Eriogonum knew to pack in a parka for the winter time snow. Sometimes you can find Eriogonum lobbii “hugging” the ground and this is an adaptation many alpine plants share. By staying low to the ground the plant is within a boundary where and the temperature is more stable. Eriogonum lobbii likes hanging out in ...
Cirsium occidentale Species from California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada Common name: Cobwebby thistle Photographed along the banks of the Kern River on Kern Canyon Road west of Lake Isabella, Kern County, California #nativeplants#california
Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla Species from Western North America Common name: Golden Chinquapin Photographed on Lagunitas-Rock Spring Fire Road, Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, California #nativeplants#californianativeplants
Ceanothus cuneatus Species from Oregon, Californa, Baja California Photographed 4/12/2008 at the summit of Mount Diablo. The ranger in the educational center said this blooming was the best she'd ever seen. #nativeplants#californianativeplants
This weeks sale at Morningsun Herb Farm is going on now! All of our California natives, like Epilobium, and all of our Salvias, including the culinary varieties, are on sale, 25% off! #salvia#californianativeplants
Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) is in full autumn celebration mode here in Rose Valley. And if you happen to love butterflies, well this gorgeous plant attracts them like a magnet! . . . . #chrysothamnusnauseosus#rabbitbrush
A #hike (and #pose) I did recently in the hills. Can't believe so much of this habitat has burned in these horrific fires... my heart to goes out to everyone affected. Stay safe Photo by Katarzyna Sadej with .
I try not to get on a soap box and make demands of the world around me very often. I try to have faith in the intrinsic wisdom of humanity, but the sad state of the way that we consume and source our food, and our lack of connection with the natural processes that provide us with our luxurious lifestyles and full bellies deserves a moment in our news feeds. Honey bees are integral to life as we know it, food production is rooted in pollination. Huge honey bee population declines are occurring at alarming rates, and it comes down ...
Joy! Winter songbirds are here, enjoying my native plants garden and bird fountain. I refill their fountain with fresh water every night, and love waking up to hear their voices and frolicking. 💚 #warblers#labirds
#repost @urbanfarmsla with @get_repost ・・・ 🚨 California based plant people 🚨Is anyone giving seminars on using CA natives to mitigate wildfires? Or perhaps have any great resources on the same topic? Would love to gather all of the info available or go to a talk on the matter. If nothing is happening, maybe we can organize an event and give $$ to a related cause?? Or at least send info around our community? What do y’all think? Feel free to repost or tag whoever. Sending love to all, I know this is a devastating time. ❤️ #cawildfires ...
The team here at CNPS is grieving with the Californians who've been impacted by the devastating #wildfires. Thanks to all of you who have reached out with questions and suggestions. Presently, we are meeting internally and gathering feedback from the broader community to determine the most helpful ways CNPS can support our state's wildfire recovery and ongoing fire management. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As always, we are looking to sound, science-based information to guide our actions, and we encourage all Californians to do the same. At this time of uncertainty, please rely on trusted resources like @calfire, your regional conservation districts, and ...
Learn how to create your own beautiful, water-efficient landscape at a FREE landscape transformation class tomorrow, Nov. 15, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Redondo Beach. Register today ---> bit.ly/westbasinLT
Lonicera involucrata var. ledebourii. Coast Twinberry. In the Caprifoliaceae family. I really appreciate this common name because its suited perfectly for this lil’ cutie. Twinberry is native to California’s coast and Oregon. The flowers are monoecious meaning they come from “one house” and have both pistillate and staminate flowers. They are subtended by a beautiful pair of red/orange bracts and make one reminisce of a dreamy sunset. This is one heck of a cutie and if you’ve not yet met twin berry then you’re definitely missing out.
New painting! I’ve used this reference for a reduction print, so I feel like I know it well. I think I’m going to focus on desert plants for a while. I’m looking forward to getting out to the desert this weekend.
🙏🏼 #repost @modernhiker with @get_repost ・・・ The #woolseyfire continues to burn. As of 11/13, it's only 35% contained and has swept over 80% of the @santamonicamountainsnps. It is no exaggeration to say that the outdoors of Los Angeles will be forever changed by this tragic event - but while mourning for this land is important and appropriate, we should also remember that the landscape will go on.⠀ ⠀ The Santa Monica Mountains are one of the places that I literally learned how to hike. After moving to Los Angeles 16 years ago, these winding trails with their coastal views, fragrant ...
I am interested in the long tradition of illusionistic painting and the different ways to play with the obstacles and limitations this tradition presents; specifically how to keep painting from becoming simply decoration and the wall simply a place to decorate. #laranickel#illusionism “Candelabra Cactus”, oil on canvas, 84x30 inches, 2014.
#repost @modernhiker with @get_repost ・・・ The #woolseyfire continues to burn. As of 11/13, it's only 35% contained and has swept over 80% of the @santamonicamountainsnps. It is no exaggeration to say that the outdoors of Los Angeles will be forever changed by this tragic event - but while mourning for this land is important and appropriate, we should also remember that the landscape will go on.⠀ ⠀ The Santa Monica Mountains are one of the places that I literally learned how to hike. After moving to Los Angeles 16 years ago, these winding trails with their coastal views, fragrant ...
The stream beds in Red Hills ACEC were filled with common monkey flower which was a very popular courting location for the 3-striped fairy moth. This is a male, with its long antenna for better detecting females, though this is some what of an oddball and has gray fur on its head. • #moth#fairy
Plant meditation and Materia medica this Sunday 11/18 from 11am - 1pm with Rachel Burgos of @snakerootapothecary. 🐍🐍🐍🌻🌻🌻🐍🐍🐍 Interested in the traditional and medicinal uses of California native plants? Join herbalist Rachel Burgos of Snakeroot Apothecary for a plant meditation and exploration of energetics, followed by a conversation on how to respectfully use these plants to heal our bodies, minds, and spirits. Free! RSVP at www.artemisianursery.com/events much appreciated! #snakerootapothecary#plantmeditation
Peat bogs are bouncy, even in the Klamath Mountains! . The first time I visited a peat-filled wetland was the Okefenokee swamp, which straddles the Georgia-Florida line. Okefenokee translates to “trembling earth,” and we found a patch of trembling ground right here in Northern California. . On a recent trip into the Marble Mountain Wilderness to map and monitor whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) on the Klamath National Forest, I found myself near Isinglass Lake. I had read that the only population of great sundew (a charismatic carnivorous plant) in the Klamath Mountains was documented here in 1972. This got me ...
I think I have a few pictures of beach asters below, which I had fun helping to transplant today at @returnofthenatives. One of the other volunteers brought out this great reference guide on local wildflowers. It’s written in 1965 and I wasn’t able to find a copy of it on amazon, so if you had one hiding out on your bookshelf somewhere please let me know. I would love to buy it from you! #wildflowers#asters
They’re so fluffy! I went outside yesterday for a walk out at the Grasslands in Mission Trails Regional Park. It was kinda risky, what with all the fires in the state. But it was a quick one, and our area is not being affected (yet). My heart goes out to all those unfortunate souls having to deal with so much loss and uncertainty! #missiontrailsregionalpark#californianativeplants
Toyon, Heteromeles arbutifolia. The common name is the Ohlone word for the species; California holly and Christmas berry are also used. Although the fruit may look similar to the berry of the pacific madrone (last post), the toyon's is called a pome. The two species are in different families - H. arbutifolia in Rosaceae and A. menziesii in Ericaceae. While the madrone's peak fruiting is in October, the toyon will fruit well into the winter, making it a valuable food source for a number of mammals and birds. Many of the birds who eat madrone berries - american robins, cedar ...
#repost @habitatcorridorproject with @get_repost ・・・ Plant masses – even in a small garden when you plant 3 or more of the same species of plant together it creates more habitat and soothes the eye creating an elegant garden even in a small space. Some favorites: Mass Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer Grass) with Salvia clevelandii (Cleveland’s Sage) , the tan tone of the grass with the gorgeous dark purple blooms on the sage is a year round pleasure; Mass Festuca californica (California Fescue) with Mimulus aurantiacus (Monkey Flower), the grass provides support and a bit of shelter for the orange flowering ...