plantnativeplants Photos & Videos

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Looking North, Toward the San Gabriel Range, La Cañada/Flintridge. ... There are times when I look up during a winter hike in Los Angeles and become totally disoriented. “Where am I?” It’s easy to forget how astonishing, severe and stunning this beleaguered landscape can be. One could glide without pedaling from this handsomely rugged suburban trail, straight to Dim Sum in Chinatown (almost). It is as urban as a wild space can get. And yet, even with all it’s suffering and vulnerability, it remains a landscape that demands some awe. We are lucky. Now let’s see if we can help it out. .... #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabit #protectnativeplants #plantnativeplants #lacanadaflintridge #descansogardens #cherrycanyon

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HEADS UP!: Excited (and slightly nervous) to be one of the featured speakers at the NATIVE PLANT WEEK SYMPOSIUM 4/13/19 9am-4pm 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino,CA 91436 .... Sponsored by @theodorepayne and @cnps.losangeles , this is certain to be a rip-snorting good time, with naked hula dancers, the reunion of The Who, and a real live Wooly Mammoth!!! Oh, wait...Whoops...ok, that’s not true, but it IS going to be fun, informative and really, truly could change the world. ... #nativeplantweek #theodorepayne #cnps #californianativeplants #nativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #plantnativeplants #wildyardsproject #plantsale

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6 days ago

We see these horrible plants growing in lots of yards, parks, and being sold at landscaping stores. Many people do not know that they are a very invasive species and can spread and take over a native and natural areas displacing native plants which our wildlife depend on. The berries of this plant contain cyanide and other chemicals that make it extremely poisonous to all animals and can cause sudden death. . . . . After completeing my masters thesis on another invasive plant, working as an environmental consultant where I had to write invasive species management plans and working as an assistant manager in a Texas state park, I know first hand the destruction it and other invasives create and the money spent to eradicate them. Hopefully one day nandina will no longer he sold in nurseries. . . . I encourage all parks and citizens to avoid invasive plants and to instead choose native or non- invasive plants to use in their landscapes. You can find a lot of information from your local Native Plant Society of Texas @npsot. . #npsot #nativeplants #nandina #fwgb #fwgreenandblue #fortworthparks #fortworthtexas #greenandbluespaces #handleypark #plantnativeplants #invasiveplants

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The Same Land Above as Below ... In her interview (link above) @wildsuburbia Barbara Eisenstein says: “I STARTED GARDENING WITH CALIFORNIA PLANTS WHEN WE ARRIVED HERE IN 1996 FROM NEW JERSEY BECAUSE I WANTED TO FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO MY NEW HOME. IT WAS MY WAY OF SETTING DOWN ROOTS, LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY…IT HAS HELPED ME BETTER UNDERSTAND THE LAND ON WHICH I LIVE.” ... If for no other reason, this alone is enough to transform your lawn. A native-plant based garden connects you, your children, your pets to the soil beneath your feet, and the land you call “home”. Get to know your home, that’s what I say. And while you’re at it, let the leaves fall where they land, let the critters that feed the birds find their food and home in their fecund floor. Let the roots, microbes and mycelia all get together make a happy world beneath your toddler’s bare feet. Oh, and make sure you have moving water for birds, and low/medium/high plant layers for shelter and nesting. Easy! ... #wildyardsproject #createhabitat #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #wildyardsstories

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Once Again: The Barbara Eisenstein Interview ... LINK IN BIO .... I am posting this #interview again, because it has sparked some pretty lively conversation with people I deeply respect. However, it was right before the holiday and people were distracted so I want to give anyone interested another shot at it. Few people know more about southern California native plants then Barbara Eisenstein ( @wildsuburbia ), and much of what she has to say about #creatinghabitat with #nativeplants I found both challenging and eye-opening. Or perhaps a better phrase his “head cracking”. Either way, She got me thinking about many things as it pertains to creating habitat where you live. I promise if you read it, you’ll start thinking too. ... #weedingwildsuburbia #nativehabitat #createhabitat #plantnativeplants #certifiedwildlifehabitat #birdsneedhabitat #urbanwildlife @theodorepayne @terradesigngardens @farmerjacky @scrubjaystudios

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Dig The New Bed: This one from scratch after a few big Cleveland sage met an untimely demise last year. Next up- A Celestial Blue sage is charging along nicely, filled in by a host of wildflowers: Phacelia, Clarkia, and poppies. Meanwhile, tucked beneath the shade of the fig tree (OS), a few Jellybean Monkeyflower. Who knows with this one..? The sage typically wants faster draining soil and a few more hours sun than it gets here, but, to paraphrase Pee-wee, I’m a rebel, Dottie, a loner. ... #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #longlivepeewee

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2 weeks ago

#throwbackthursday 2018. Lots of cool bugs to see in the Meadow last year. One of my #2019goals is to learn more insect identification!

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2 weeks ago

#topnine2018 : it is pretty cool to look back at 2018 & it was a great year for gardening. I learned a lot of awesome plant facts this year and I’m looking forward to learning more in 2019. Happy New Year!

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Winter Oak- #freshpondreservation Stunning light and the stark silhouettes of native grasses, wildflowers and trees endlessly veiling and framing this vital water source here in Cambridge. Visited by an impressive diversity of migratory and resident birds, prowled by all kinds of savvy critters and busy with runners, walkers, hikers, birders and the squeals of children, it’s an undeniable testament to the appeal and worth of creating native habitat in urban and suburban areas. #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #habitatgarden #plantnativeplants #urbanwildlife

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3 weeks ago

NERD ALERT! It’s bug collection day here at our house. ... @nhmla_bioscan LISA Gonzales and Jan Kempf, entomologists from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, just got done picking up the samples from two months worth of collecting in our #malaisetrap and scouring our property for critters. It’s all part of their most recent year-long study, comparing the biodiversity of #droughttolerant gardens vs traditional gardens. ... Not sure how to make this post more click-baity, but for this critter nerd, being part of this study is a highlight of the #wildyardsproject Thanks @growninla ! #createhabitat #plantnativeplants #wildsuburbia #nela #yourpropertyishabitat #wildlifecorridors #bugs #biodiversity #urbanhabitat #habitat #birdsneedbugs #bugsfeed

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3 weeks ago

Happy solstice and thanks to all for a great year from the Humble Roots crew! With your help thousands of native plants got planted and are ready to beautify gardens, nurture soils, heal damaged lands, sequester carbon, create habitat and feed the birds and the bees. With each plant you planted you made a difference and put positivity into your community. It takes a village and we are happy to have worked with each of you to help you make the world a better place. Thank you!! We are looking forward to all we can do together in the new year! An extra special thanks to @flourishfarmflowers for all the 💚 she gave to our plants this year!! #plantingthefuture #plantnativeplants #humblerootsnursery #nativeplantnursery #appreciation #makeadifference #ittakesavillage

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COMING SOON!: “I use native plants because they are beautiful, many can be grown with little to no supplemental water or fertilizers, and they offer many characteristics that enhance biodiversity. However, it is the woodpile, the messy tangle of semi-dormant plants, the bubbling birdbath, and the large oak, deodar cedar and avocado trees that provide the things that birds, butterflies, and other critters most need.” -An interview with Barbara Eisenstein ... Author of “Wild Suburbia” ( @wildsuburbia ), reknowned horticulturalist and frmr Director of Outreach for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, interviewed in our next newsletter. ...... Few people know more about the native flora of Southern California, none share it more generously. I had the great opportunity to walk and talk with her at both her private property in Pasadena and her neighborhood project, “The Arroyo Seco-South Pasadena Woodland and Wildlife Park”. Barbara is so disarming and unassuming that her font of knowledge catches you a bit off-guard. There’s so much conversational take away from this interview that you might need to read it twice to get that it’s also a big throwdown for the native garden community when it comes to defining what, precisely, makes a native garden vital and beneficial, and, what does not. So, if you don’t get it, please go to our site (link in bio) and “SUBSCRIBE” at the bottom of our homepage. Then, let’s talk, shall we? ... Pictured: Barbara at the Arroyo-Seco Park, Her new social area amidst a lively tangle of Bladderpod, Ceanothus, and other unidentified plants, a dense, happy grouping of Hummingbird sage beneath a deodar Cedar. ... #wildsuburbia #weedingwildsuburbia #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #interview #arroyosecowoodlandandwildlifepark #arroyoseco #arroyosecowildlife

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1 month ago

Hunkered Down Til the Fruit Comes? Grey Bird Grasshopper, kin to the notorious locusts that devastate crops across the Midwest. Luckily, this more sedate cousin doesn’t pose much threat except on rare occasions. Mostly I find it hanging out here and there minding its own business munching harmlessly away on things I can spare. For the kids, however, they are- along with katydids, mantids, short-horned grasshoppers and crickets- a source of constant wonder. I shout, “grasshopper!“, and they come running. ... #wildyardsproject #bugs #grasshopper #lepidoptera #urbanwildlife #rewildyourlife #plantnativeplants

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Hope Springs Eternal, Pt 3: ... The New Turks of Our Wild Yard- Clarkia Amoena asserting itself beneath the fig tree, Creeping Mahonia goes autumnal for this displaced east-coaster, Ribes Sanguineum Glutinosum (Pink Flowering Currant) boldly rising out along the north wall, Clarkia Unguiculata returns to the backyard and Eriogonum Rubescens steps out from beneath the midday shade of the White sage.. ... I haven’t been too coy about the fact that I sometimes struggle through this time of environmental hardship. Like most of you, seeing what’s happening to the natural world is a source of daily pain and mind/soul management. Having two small children, and imagining the world they may inherit can send me reeling down a dark hole. But then there are these simple lessons in nature that put a check on my thoughts. Watching the seedlings assert themselves through the mulch, errant foot traffic, and the general capriciousness of urban life is nothing short of mind blowing. ... #wildyardsproject #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #hopespringseternal #getyourhandsdirty #californianativeplants #plantnativeplants #rewildyourlife #rewildtheworld #urbanhabitat #urbanwildlife

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Pomegranate Fall: once we cleared our property, only four trees were left standing. A fig, a loquat, aJacaranda and this pomegranate. I have my issues with the other three, but this pomegranate, just beside our deck, brings both color, fantastic fruit and a rich and vital Armenian traditional along with it. .... Being a northeasterner, it’s taken me a long time to really feel the subtler shades of fall here in the Mediterranean chaparral, but this tree goes the full autumn. .... Surrounding the Pomegranate are the suggested native plantings of this IG community from a post a while back. The Indian Mallow has taken off, the white sage is battling the crappy soil but prevailing, the fairy duster is overcrowded and a question mark. In back, a coffeeberry is thriving, a Bee’s Bliss sage has found its way, and wildflowers are gearing up for spring. ...... They can seem like a small thing when framed against the bigger issues facing our time, but I truly believe that native-based, habitat gardens are an essential part of the solution to preserve our natural heritage across the planet and promote biodiversity in a rapidly transforming world. #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #saveindigenouscultures #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants

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Another reason to love #turkscap This might be a #cloudlesssulphurbutterfly All of the pollinators were out at the botanical garden today 💫 One of my students, a few months shy of three years old, ran up to me a little while after we released a monarch butterfly we raised in our class, and said, “that butterfly was CUTE!” I’d never really thought of #butterflies as being cute (beautiful, yes), but after looking closely at the shots of the little sulphur butterfly, I agree! ... I visited nature today, instead of retail shops! 🌿💚🌿 * #pollinatorgarden #plantnativeplants #texasnativeplants #texasmallow #butterflygardens #plantforpollinators

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2 months ago

The gorgeous Oregon Iris (Iris tenax), or Toughleaf Iris, in some of its various shades this last season. It’s always a thrill to start spotting these on the roadsides in spring. I’ve got packets of these available on the website along with a number of others, some of them rarely offered. I’ll soon be adding Western Pasqueflower, Washington Lily, Scarlet Gilia, Douglas Iris, and Henderson’s Shooting Star, among others! Check it out and tell your plant crazy friends! #pnwwonderland #pnwlife #pnwflora #seedcollecting #nativeseed #nativeplants #iristenax #oregoniris #nativeiris #seedpackets #plantnative #pnwnativeplants #plantnativeplants #pnwwildflowers #relianceseed

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Pictured is the lovely Columbia Lily (Lilium columbianum), which is one of the species now available in small and jumbo packets from the Reliance Seed website, along with a number of others, including King’s Scepter Gentian, Wapato, Oregon Iris, Sitka Columbine, Prairie Lupine, Pink Thrift, Henderson’s Checker Mallow, Idaho Blue Eyed Grass, and more! Follow the the link below to peruse the offerings, then shoot me an email at austin @relianceseed.com to order! https://www.relianceseed.com/packets/ #nativeseed #nativeplants #seedcollection #pnwflora #pnwplants #plantnative #liliumcolumbianum #seedpackets #wildplants #pnwwonderland #fallplanting #relianceseed #propagation #plantnativeplants

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The Finch and the Bee. An American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) and a bumblebee (Bombus sp.) having a brief interaction that lasted but a moment atop a cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum). Wisconsin. August 2018. . #Factoid : The American #goldfinch is one of the only #finch species that undergoes two molts a year. One in spring where they grow into their bright yellow breeding plumage and one in fall where they turn a more drab, brownish-yellow color. . . . #Animals #Wildlife #Birds #Nature

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Posting an oldie from last year while I continue to hide out in my garage studio, cranking out as many ceramic palettes as I can before they launch at the end of November. I will be announcing shop updates next week and will do an IG live to answer all your questions before the launch! Thanks for your patience ... and all your valuable feedback on my stories!! 🤗💕

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Flower Friday

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We're quite delighted and proud to be the host location for next week's @cal_ipc symposium on biodiversity and the great challenges we as a state face from invasive plants. @californianativeplantsociety is a Gold Sponsor for this important 4-day event with representatives coming from at least 17 of our 35 chapters statewide. We cannot protect CA native plants without addressing the scourge of invasives. #bethereorbesquare #californianativeplants #conservenativeplants #conservation #protectnativeplants #plantnativeplants #keepcalookinglikeca

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For #NationalAuthorsDay we wanted to share a few of our favorites: Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes by Claudia West and Thomas Raniner Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Sepcies for the Garden by Larry Mellichamp All by @TimberPress #nativeplants #nativespecies #ecology #sustainablegardening #gardening #southerngardens #goodreads #gardenlove #lovegardening #gardenersworld #gardendesign #plantnativeplants #plantnatives

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2 months ago

Heliopsis helianthoides, what a name

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Thanks to the manager Hugo at #bestbuyoxnard who heard my request to replace these invasive non-native Fountain grasses in the parking lot with California native Deergrass. The ornamental native deergrass is beautiful and the resident native bird species will appreciate us protecting the biodiversity of this important floodplain zone in lovely #Oxnard , California. If you visit this excellent #Bestbuy store please say Hello and Thanks to Hugo and second my request to #plantnativeplants. #VenturaCounty #stepbystep #pennisetumsetaceum #fountaingrass #dontplantapest #Californianativegrass #Californianativebirds #deergrass #muhlenbergiarigens #ornamentalgrass #floodplain #CAnativelandscaping #excellence #invasiveplants #Californianativeplants #ecology #community #SantaClaraRiverWatershed #natureinsuburbia #floodzone #sustainability #droughtfriendly @bestbuy

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2 months ago

A pocket full of posies 🎶 #tbt to last Saturday selling autumn Perfect Posies fresh from our native garden for the National Native Planting Day @audubonsociety Planting native plants is important to create a healthy biodiversity of birds, bees, butterflies, other insects, and animals, as well as, creating a beautiful garden for you and your loved ones #plantsforbirds #plantnativeplants #pennsylvanianativeplants #plantagarden #landscapedesign #pocketfullofposies #perfectposies #pottedperfection #bloomalwaysinphiladelphia

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Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) attracts bees and butterflies, and can be found growing in several areas of our garden. That's because mistflower spreads easily. The blue-purple flowers bloom from July to November in clusters to form a somewhat flat top. This native is good as a border or groundcover.

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Deer Pea Vetch (Vicia ludoviciana) is an annual climbing vine that can sprawl and form dense mats. Because of this, it is useful as erosion control on embankments. This member of the Legume Family provides browse for animals and enriches the soil. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek #vetch #vicia #beesloveit #fabaceae #nitrogenfixer #texasnativeplants #txplants #wildlifegarden #houstongarden #texasgarden #texaswildflowers #nativeplant #nativeplants #nativeflora #texasflora #texasnativeplantweek #plantnative #plantnativeplants #gardeninglife #npsot #clearlake #clearlaketx #publicoutreach #houstonnature #enjoynature #npsotclc #texasnative #seenintexas #botanizing

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White Pricklypoppy (Argemone albiflora) blooms from March through July. This annual is common throughout Texas, and can be used as an ornamental. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season. Bees and beetles attracted to the pollen while birds eat the seeds. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek #whitepricklypoppy #pricklypoppy #argemonealbiflora #argemone #papaveraceae #texasnativeplants #txplants #wildlifegarden #houstongarden #texasgarden #texaswildflowers #nativeplant #nativeplants #nativeflora #texasflora #texasnativeplantweek #plantnative #plantnativeplants #gardeninglife #npsot #clearlake #clearlaketx #publicoutreach #houstonnature #enjoynature #npsotclc #texasnative #seenintexas #botanizing

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As its scientific name suggests, sugarcane plumegrass (Saccharum giganteum) is a dramatically tall grass growing 6-10 ft, with a large, fluffy, terminal panicle. You can find this moisture-loving, early fall-blooming native grass in our pond area.

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Goldenrods (Solidago sp.) are tall plants typically found in open areas such as prairies. These late summer/early fall bloomers provide a reliable source of food for many species such as wasps, bees, butterflies, and other insects. You can find this bright yellow plant buzzing with #txpollinators throughout our WaterSmart habitat.

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3 months ago

We’ve had great success growing dayflowers (Commelina sp.) in a barrel planter. Doing so helps contain the plant (it can become invasive in a bed), and adds a vibrant blue accent to our arbor. Dayflowers bloom in the spring and fall, occasionally in late summer.

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3 months ago

Powdery Alligator-flag or Powdery Thalia (Thalia dealbata) is a tropical, aquatic perennial that grows 3-6 ft tall. This dramatic plant does well in shallow water or poorly drained, wet soils, which makes it ideal for wetland gardens and habitats. Alligator-flag blooms from May through July and attracts butterflies. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek #powderythalia #thaliadealbata #marantaceae #aquaticplants #texasnativeplants #txplants #wildlifegarden #houstongarden #texasgarden #texaswildflowers #nativeplant #nativeplants #nativeflora #texasflora #texasnativeplantweek #plantnative #plantnativeplants #gardeninglife #npsot #clearlake #clearlaketx #joinus #publicoutreach #houstonnature #enjoynature #npsotclc #texasnative #seenintexas #botanizing

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We have two buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) shrubs in our WaterSmart Habitat. This multi-stemmed shrub grows 6-12 ft, and is suited to wet soils. You'll find ours in the pond area. It's white, pincushion-like flowers bloom from June through September, and attract native bees and honey bees. Buttonbush is a honey plant.

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It's Texas Native Plant Week! This week we'll be featuring native plants found in the EIH WaterSmart Habitat on the @UHClearLake campus. First up is the American basket-flower (Centaurea americana). This annual blooms in May and June, and attracts large numbers of native bees. Basket-flower gets its name from the straw-colored bracts beneath the flower head, which resemble a woven basket.

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Ruth and I (Kelly) recently took a trip to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa to tour native plant nurseries, botanical gardens and prairie conservation and restoration sites. The native plant industry is much more developed in the USA than in Canada. It was really exciting to see greenhouses full of native plants, hundreds of acres of fields in native seed production and warehouses full of cleaned and certified native seeds. It was a great trip and we learned a lot! The use of native plants in landscaping in formal and informal settings is more common there than here in Manitoba. Even though almost all the flowers were done blooming it was beautiful and inspiring. We are so thankful to all of the people we met on our trip who took time to show us around and share their knowledge and experience! #plantnativeplants #tallgrassprairie #ecologicalrestoration #prairiedropseed #prairiegrass #wildflowers #reconciliationecology

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Reminder: our @cnps.la plant sale is this weekend! Our wonderful volunteers are already here setting out over 1300 native plants, numerous books, and tons of wildflower seed packets. We’ll be here at the Sepulveda Garden Center Saturday and Sunday, from 10am - 3pm — come early for the full selection of plants and literature! And plenty of garden advice from our expert members! #cnps #keepcalookinglikeca #plantnativeplants

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Leafing out: an update on the Narrow leaf willow cutting I planted at in a #HaydenTeachingPreserve. Sourced from an on-site #salixexigua. Sandbar in the arroyo, Cañada Larga Tributary. This is one of the #riparian #Californianativeplants I talked about in the plant walk last Sunday. #habitatrehabilitation @venturalandtrust #narrowleafwillow #ventura #venturariverwatershed #volunteer #plantnativeplants This is a great tree to plant in your yard or neighborhood locally if you can adopt it from a local nursery. Try the fall plant sales at @cnps.ci and the @ojaivalleylandconservancy

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Oregon sunshine, Eriophyllum lanatum, in the cleaning bowl. Snipped off the seed heads then used a blender, whose blades we covered with a rubberized coating, to work the separation of seed from plant material before screening. A good technique for these plants gathered from our gardens which are beautiful, very drought tolerant and have tough little seed heads that hold on tightly to their treasures #seed #seedharvest #harvest #propagation #seedpropagated #nativeplants #nativeplantnursery #humblerootsnursery #humblerootsgarden #seedsown #seedgrown #ethicalplantpropagation #plantnativeplants #seedcleaning #seedcollection

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California Fuschia, coming on strong, mid October. Let this be my personal “Native Plant Lesson #18 ”: Patience Really is a Virtue. I had long since given up this particular Epilobium for dead, and had cut it back and planted a different variety last season. I just figured it hated the sun or the soil or the lack of drainage or too much drainage or whatever the heck, and wasn’t going to grow. And then it ramped up, jumped up, and is now both radiating much needed color and bringing relief to the hummingbird anxiously assembled in the juniper above. Gardens aren’t at their best when too disciplined, in my opinion. The tiny pocketful of knowledge I bring to the process is always rewritten by the things that occur when I’m looking the other way. Kinda like raising kids. #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #createnativehabitat #pollinatorhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat

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Swipe to see photos & callouts of this lovely California native annual grass. Scientific name Leptochloa fusca subspecies uninervia. Formerly Leptochloa uninervia. AKA Sprangletop grass. Pretty dark gray & green florets. Book illustrations from "A Flora of the Marshes of California", Mason. Callouts my own. #Californianativegrass #roadside #Leptochloauninervia #Leptochloafuscauninervia #Sprangletopgrass #Californianativeplant #nativeannual #Californianativeannualgrass #gramaindigena #plantnativeplants #VenturaCounty #Californiaflora #Chumashterritory #riparian #nativegrass #grassbotany #grassid #botany #botanizing #calphotos #calflora

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