Monthly Archives: April 2012

“I have this area …”

When I was a kid, a very long time ago now, there was this little spot on the smooth dark gray concrete front porch at my grandparents’ house in Los Angeles, a spot that utterly mystified me. It was like … Continue reading

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weeds, weeds, weeds

There are weeds, and then there are weeds. This is the worst. Bromus inermis, smooth brome. If the ground is slightly damp, I can pull it right up (like I did immediately after taking this picture; I took an “after” … Continue reading

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orostachys

Cool stuff here. Orostachys spinosa, and offspring. (Yes, I could have brushed all the pine needles and stuff away, but I’m going for the natural look.) Orostachys minuta. Something vaguely alien-claw-looking about the inner leaves. Some of the online literature … Continue reading

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planting in a dry garden

This is just one way. Works for planting during a drought, too. Nice root system on this one. (Penstemon incertus from Agua Fria Nursery.) If the roots were coiled at the base, I would gently tease them apart with a … Continue reading

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after the plant sale

Yesterday, after it looked like it was going to rain in the morning, the sun came out (funny description of an action that does not really take place), and the wind blew fairly hard most of the day. There was … Continue reading

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and rocks

Paeonia rockii. I admit I liked it better when it was called Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Rock’s Variety’, just because it had a faint whiff of the intrepid explorer, pith helmets, long treks on camels, that sort of thing. Joseph Rock himself … Continue reading

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the “cliff bush”

Fendlera rupicola. I tried to show the beautiful pearly pink buds (one at upper right, with a seed pod from last year next to it). It’s not having the greatest year ever; I’m not sure why. This shrub is quite … Continue reading

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and there it is …

All wrapped up and ready to grow. I’m such an artistic person, huh? I have a lot of burlap on hand. Though–I hasten to add–I’m so not one of those people who hordes things, thinking “they just might come in … Continue reading

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I get this a lot

“Isn’t that a Cornus florida? What’s all this about watering restrictions, growing nothing but plants that need no irrigation here, western dryland plants, etc. etc. etc.?” I get this a lot. Of course, attentive readers will know that never have … Continue reading

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watering restrictions, etc.

I rarely (actually, never) watch the news, figuring it’s bad for my psyche, but I did catch the business about the new watering restrictions last night. Okay, I’ll play along, as usual. If half the plants in the back yard … Continue reading

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