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Natives

Eschscholzia californica 'White Linen'

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The debate between which plants should prevail in gardens, native plants or introduced plants, is a contentious one.

Creating a California Friendly Garden

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I’m convinced - gardeners love the outdoors, love nature and love the earth more than most people.

California Poppy Seeds

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So you want to sow some wildflowers; like a modern day Johnny Appleseed, traveling about, tossing seeds to the wind and leaving a colorful trail of flowers in your path.

Sisyrinchium bellum

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Tomorrow morning I'll set off early in the morning. Soon, I'll be rolling down Laguna Canyon Road, then heading out with my pack, a couple of quarts of water and a sandwich.

Native Plant Society Meeting

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In about an hour I am visiting a friend’s garden in Newport Beach.

Salvia clevelandii 'Winidred Gilman'

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Southern Europe is well known as the lavender center of the world.

Srctostaphylos 'Howard Mcminn'

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It’s a few minutes before 7 o’clock in the morning, the neighbors are asleep and I’m staring at six cubic yards of decomposed granite that was just dumped on my driveway.

Epipactis gigantea

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I’ve been gardening in Orange County for a long time and I’ve been hiking and exploring our local wild areas for even longer.

Matilija Poppy

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As most gardeners know, the California Poppy is the official state flower of California. 

Phacelia campanularia

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Spring used to mean wildflowers. I remember, as a young boy, exploring the hills around Irvine, Newport’s back bay, the wild areas near the Bolsa Chica reserve and the coastal canyons between Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.