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  • Natives Are Nice, Really Nice

    Dudleya sp. (what is it?) Way back in January we went a little California native crazy in our “center bed” (giant sand pit that was stuffed with Senecio mandraliscae and other wayward succulents). Dang I’m glad we did. Things are starting to get exciting in native land. Back in January I had plans for one […]

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  • California Natives

    Before We will never be true California natives, but we’ve been working on getting the backyard more in touch with its endemic friends recently. For about a month or two I envisioned turning the middle yard in to some sort of Urban Homestead (couldn’t resist, click here for the trademark drama), but then rats ate […]

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  • Coast Buckwheat Changing Color

    Hiking along the dunes near our home, we took a second look at the Coast Buckwheat (Eriogonum latifolium).  Last time I remember seeing these guys, they were just about to flower. Coast buckwheat – Eriogonum latifolium Above, the Coast Buckwheat is poking out of the Ice Plant (Carpobrotus edulis [invasive]) and Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis).  […]

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  • Digging Dudleya

    We just got home from a great trip down south (central coast to be more exact).  Here are two cute Dudleya pics from the trip Pretty sure it’s Dudleya farinosa, but too tired to look it up.  Tons of cool plants pics to come. Share the love: Facebook Email StumbleUpon Digg Categories: gardening | Tags: […]

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  • Douglas Iris Propagation II

    Last February in my Propagation Class at SF City College, we divided up a bunch of Douglas Iris, Iris douglasiana.  We due to some unexpected warm sunny weather, we made a couple changes over the past 8 weeks. Raised bed of Douglas Iris we divided in order to propagate more of them. Ideally when transplanting […]

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  • Plant ID Week Six Pics

    Our Plant ID was at Strybing Arboretum this week.   Here are three of our faves. Senna multiglandulosa – Wooly Senna We have crossed paths with this attractive shrub on many occasions, but we never knew its name.  Wooly Senna is one cool cucumber.  Its seed pods look like string beans.  Not surprising it is in […]