wildyardsproject Photos & Videos

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Raptor In Training: this young Cooper’s Hawk has been stopping by routinely in a thrilling quest for lunch. So far, it has come up empty handed, and resorts to hopping around, from tree to tree, in hopes of success. Indeed, it’s slightly comical, but the fact is that young hawks that don’t learn to hunt are doomed to death. Hopefully this one is having better luck elsewhere. #wildyardsproject #raptors #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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3 weeks ago

Drastic Times, Drastic Measures: after hauling about five solid pounds of Raccoon shit out from under my eaves, I embarked upon a hazmat-level site cleanup and I’m now trying to prevent any future annoyance. Enter #coyotepiss. Will it work? Stay tuned.. #wildyardsproject indeed...

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Esteemed #wildyardsproject co-Founder and Head of Outreach @theodorepayne Lisa Novick has boldly thrown her hat into the ring, and offered her first #TOPTEN List for THE WILD YARDS PROJECT. Here’s her offering for her favorite #nativeplants - from trees to perennials- for attracting resident and migratory birds here in Los Angeles. If you live in Paramus, Boston, Miami or Dallas, we’d love to know yours. Only rule: gotta be regional natives. @gottliebnativegarden @hudsonvalleygardens @nyc.wildflower @mynativeplantgarden @ecotonestudios @curiously_different @goodhostplants @restorenativeplants @hudsonvalleygardens @nyc.wildflower @pistilsnursery @yosemitebethy @prairieoriginals @tessacharnofsky2243 #birdsneedhabitat #birds #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #createhabitat #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat

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“Wildlife attracts wildlife!” Huge thanks to Wild Wings Ecology Founder and @gottliebnativegarden naturalist, Scott Logan, for his fantastic presentation, BRINGING BIRDS HOME. Here in #eaglerock. #wildyardsproject proudly hosted this insightful talk on how to feed, house and attract migratory and resident birds. Lots of killer takeaway regarding creating habitat for owls, wrens, finches, Orioles, bats and dozens more local birds. By “feeding responsibly”, providing housing, and using native plants, even the smallest yard can become a haven for the dozens of species native to your region, even if you live a few feet from a busy urban center, like we do. And, many thanks to @theodorepayne Lisa Novick and @beekayem and @bkmphotography.la #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #californianativeplants #birds #birdsneedhabitat #plantnativeplants

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Last Call- Come Meet Renowned Resident Naturalist for the @gottliebnativegarden Scott Logan Learn how to attract, feed and house resident and migratory birds using native plants and proper feeding/housing techniques. With Wild Wings Ecology Founder Scott Logan. & Wild Yards Founders David Newsom and Chloe Renee Ziegler. 5118 El Rio Ave. LA CA 90041 June 9th- 9:30 am- 12:30 pm. $25 per person. RSVP- wildyardsproject @gmail.com. #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #birdsneednativeplants #wildyardsproject #californianativeplants

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Wild Yards Tribute of The Week: Nick Jones/Silverlake. I’m a huge fan of this homeowner and this project. Nick, an accomplished stage and screenwriter, was pretty eager to transform his yard when he bought his house just two years ago, but he had a few reservations about doing a largely native landscape. But with some gentle shoving from his landscaper, Eusebio Yescas, (and yours truly) he dove deep. The transformation is, as they often are, radical. From a water hogging carpet of a lawn ringed by palm trees, to an extraordinarily vibrant and vital ecosystem, replete w swales, Native trees, shrubs and perennials framed by an elegant, custom fence. The place is warm, inviting and alive. Nice work, @chancellorfreeze and Eusebio. In Nick’s words: “I bought my property two years ago, during the peak of the drought. There was a bright green lawn maintained with sprinklers, and a gangly stand of palm trees growing into the power lines. At the time, I thought drought tolerant landscaping would mean a lot of cactus and succulents planted between blinding swaths of decomposed granite. I never imagined I could achieve something so lush. The plants are about two thirds California native. They were installed by Eusebio Yescas, who also built the redwood fence and arbor in the style of pictures I found online. I get a lot of foot traffic by my house and this project has helped me get to know my neighbors. I have an incredibly difficult time getting any work done now, because I spent so many hours just standing in my garden watching things bloom. I probably should have waited til I was retired to get into this stuff. In terms of ecology, everything the nativists told me would happen has come true.  There are birds and bees everywhere, and they have a lot to do. It feels like nature. You would never know I live right by the 5…” #wildyardsproject #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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15 Minutes of Native Bees: I don’t have a lot of time to take pictures of my garden. A job and two kids pretty much dominate my waking hours. In fact, these macros were basically stolen while on a call. My brain reels at what I- or anyone with a native garden- could document in one day, without distractions. It’s a documentary I’d love to make (though I’m not sure who’d watch it. @staley ?). Now, I won’t pretend to know precisely which native bees these are- @beespeaker , any ideas? - but the Cleveland sage, Indian Mallow and Eriogonum Rubescens were in heavy rotation today. There are over 1000 species of native bee in So Cal, and it seemed like half of them were at work in our little plot by a busy intersection. #nativebees #savourbees #macro #nikonphotography #wildyardsproject #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #nativeplants

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Gulf Fritillary on Yellow Jessamine. About five times a day, I have the impulse rip out this shrub and plant something native. What, you ask? Well, I don’t know, but the truth is it doesn’t matter because my kids love it. And apparently so do the butterflies. Nobody’s perfect, but everybody’s pretty happy. #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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California Towhee: This ubiquitous character flits from tree to tree, uttering short, sharp blasts to drive my cat from the yard in order to scour the mulch for bugs. It’s an altogether charming process to watch from beginning to end, and I don’t mind the fact that I often find tiny piles of mulch kicked into my driveway, unceremoniously displaced by this tiny brown bird’s furious appetite. At first glance, it may not seem much to look at, but the Towhee’s enthusiastic presence is yet another indicator that things are going in the right direction in our yard-or your yard-and that life is abundant enough to share with everything, great or small. #wildyardsproject #birdsneednativeplants #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat

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Late Spring New Arrivals: So, three years in, our Hollyleaf Cherry has grown up to 8’, and just this year decided to bloom. The ensuing berries should make a few birds happy around here. And finally, our Cleveland sage has stored up enough juice to bloom beneath our massive jacaranda, and the Eriogonums- Rubescens and Crocatum, are lighting up beside it. Last but by no means least, another first: the Dwarf Blue-Eyed grasses, in their second season, are, well, shamelessly resplendent. Or, to my eye, they are. And so we head off toward summer, humble as ever, but tickled as hell. #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #californianativeplants #gonative

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2 months ago

Flying Fox T-Shirt: Protect Pollinators by purchasing a T-Shirt!!! My second graders researched a variety of pollinators, wrote about them, sculpted them and drew them. Then they voted on four drawings that would be sold as T-Shirts to raise money to help pollinators. All profits from Los Angeles T-Shirt sales will go to the Wild Yards Project, which is working to transform backyards into native habitats. Profits from Detroit sales will go to Bees in the D, who are working to protect Detroit's vital honeybee population. If you're somewhere else you can tell me which of these two nonprofits you'd like your purchase to benefit. T-shirts come in Gold for Youth sizes S,M,L and Orange for Adult sizes S,M,L, XL. All shirts are $15. Direct message me for purchase information. #pollinatorgarden #pollinators #pollination #flyingfox #flyingfoxes #bat #bats #urbanwildlife #publiceducation #publiceducationmatters #projectbasedlearning #arteducation #integratedarts #auduboncenteratdebspark #dahliaheightselementary #wildyardsproject #beesinthed

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mchristyartIbiza Wall Lizard T-Shirt: Protect Pollinators by purchasing a T-Shirt!!! My second graders researched a variety of pollinators, wrote about them, sculpted them and drew them. Then they voted on four drawings that would be sold as T-Shirts to raise money to help pollinators. All profits from Los Angeles T-Shirt sales will go to the Wild Yards Project, which is working to transform backyards into native habitats. Profits from Detroit sales will go to Bees in the D, who are working to protect Detroit's vital honeybee population. If you're somewhere else you can tell me which of these two nonprofits you'd like your purchase to benefit. T-shirts come in Gold for Youth sizes S,M,L and Orange for Adult sizes S,M,L, XL. All shirts are $15. Direct message me for purchase information. #pollinatorgarden #pollinators #pollination #flyingfox #ibizawalllizard #ibiza #lizard #herpetology #urbanwildlife #publiceducation #publiceducationmatters #projectbasedlearning #arteducation #integratedarts #auduboncenteratdebspark #dahliaheightselementary #wildyardsproject #beesinthed

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mchristyartMonarch butterfly T-Shirt: Protect Pollinators by purchasing a T-Shirt!!! My second graders researched a variety of pollinators, wrote about them, sculpted them and drew them. Then they voted on four drawings that would be sold as T-Shirts to raise money to help pollinators. All profits from Los Angeles T-Shirt sales will go to the Wild Yards Project, which is working to transform backyards into native habitats. Profits from Detroit sales will go to Bees in the D, who are working to protect Detroit's vital honeybee population. If you're somewhere else you can tell me which of these two nonprofits you'd like your purchase to benefit. T-shirts come in Gold for Youth sizes S,M,L and Orange for Adult sizes S,M,L, XL. All shirts are $15. Direct message me for purchase information. #pollinatorgarden #pollinators #pollination #flyingfox #flyingfoxes #monarchbutterfly #butterfly #monarch #urbanwildlife #publiceducation #publiceducationmatters #projectbasedlearning #arteducation #integratedarts #auduboncenteratdebspark #dahliaheightselementary #wildyardsproject #beesinthed

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Red-Ruffed Lemur T-Shirt: Protect Pollinators by purchasing a T-Shirt!!! My second graders researched a variety of pollinators, wrote about them, sculpted them and drew them. Then they voted on four drawings that would be sold as T-Shirts to raise money to help pollinators. All profits from Los Angeles T-Shirt sales will go to the Wild Yards Project, which is working to transform backyards into native habitats. Profits from Detroit sales will go to Bees in the D, who are working to protect Detroit's vital honeybee population. If you're somewhere else you can tell me which of these two nonprofits you'd like your purchase to benefit. T-shirts come in Gold for Youth sizes S,M,L and Orange for Adult sizes S,M,L, XL. All shirts are $15. Direct message me for purchase information. #pollinatorgarden #pollinators #pollination #flyingfox #lemur #redruffedlemur #redruffedlemurs #urbanwildlife #publiceducation #publiceducationmatters #projectbasedlearning #arteducation #integratedarts #auduboncenteratdebspark #dahliaheightselementary #wildyardsproject #beesinthed

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Calling all Northeast Angelinos: WYP and Dahlia Heights Elementary Present: “Protect Pollinators-Create Habitat”. May 8, 5:30, Dahlia Heights Elementary. Transform your yard into a sanctuary for birds and pollinators while you lower your maintenance costs, raise your curb value and, most important, make the world more beautiful. @wildyardsproject #wildyardsproject #createhabitat #dahliaheightselementary #yourpropertyishabitat #saveourbees #pollinatorgarden #californianativeplants @eliette_richmonde @tessacharnofsky2243 @biocitizen_la @theodorepayne @growninla @array.la @terradesigngardens @

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Coopers Hawk: Some acutely developed sense of humor on this bird. I could be standing in my yard with a telephoto lens for hours straight. And then, I’ll put it down to fetch a glass of water and the bird will land in a tree directly over my head, the camera just far enough out of reach to be useless. Which is precisely the deal here. So, the iPhone pic will have to do. As noted in an earlier image (a sea of dove feathers plucked by this aerial wizard) she is a frequent visitor to our yard, a daily rabble rouser who sends all other winged creatures off in a pell-mell panic. It is damn thrilling, I gotta say. Now, if only to have my real glass in hand when next she decides to stop by for dinner. #wildyardsproject #birdsofprey #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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Spring Round Up- What’s Blooming in Our Garden: so here are the things that appear to be happy in our part sun/part shade little garden over here in #NELA. Pitcher Sage is bursting under the jacaranda, even though it takes a direct blast of sun at 4 pm. The Poppies are busy w bees and predators alike, all around the sunny borders of the house. Ditto the five spot perennials, that get just enough mid day light to be happy, while Clarkia and China House are blasting up any place the poppies don’t, but all to the delight of many winged critters, known and unknown. The Eriogonum Crocatum enjoy a midday blast of sun, and then cools in the shade of the Cleveland sage. The Hummingbird sage and the Black sage are happy competing against one another for a little midday light in the back corner of the yard. In part sun, the Golden Monkeyflower is doing fine, still, I suspect the summer will cook it, but the Fairy Duster couldn’t be happier baking nearby. In the full shade, Pacific hybrid Irises, Heuchera and Canyon Sunflower all seem to be cruising along. And, holding down the hottest, most ignored corner of the driveway is the Santa Cruz Buckwheat. A few others are taking their sweet time: the Cleveland sage, Red Buckwheat and the Island Snapdragon are still gathering up energy, adding a little tension to our lives. #wildyardsproject #nativegarden #californianativeplants #wildlifehabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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3 months ago

A Quick Thought on Native Gardens From a Child’s Perspective: Though I was only available for the tiniest taste of the #theodorepaynenativegardentour here in Los Angeles, I was able to drag my two kids out for about four hours on Sunday. And I’m really glad I brought them with me. Because it drove home something so important, “How fun is your garden?” Does it re-invent the space of your yard, no matter how big or small? Does it take you on a journey? Does it give you places to hide, explore, or meditate? Following my kids around these properties was not only a pure delight, it was also a series of lessons on what makes a successful garden. Not only were all the gardens we visited gorgeous sanctuaries for biodiversity here in the shadow of the Mediterranean chaparral, but they were also a delight to explore. It’s funny now, when I think about our early battles over whether to have a lawn or not for the sake of the kids. The fact is kids’ heads are exploding with the desire for adventure and the need to explore. And that is what these gardens all offered, in spades. Garden 41 - Sinclair, Garden 39 a Sharp/Brown, Garden 37 - Caballero/Foushee. @theodorepayne @terradesigngardens @array.la #wildyardsproject #wildlifehabitat #californianativeplants #pollinatorfriendly #kids @biocitizen_la

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Nothing sexier than a compost picture, I know. But man, I just gotta say, if you live in an urban area, have even the tiniest of yards, a family, and a busy kitchen, this #joracomposter cooks a staggering amount of compost very efficiently. With the right mix of nitrogen’s and carbons, it gets impressively hot (sits around 150 degrees). We produce more than we can use because we have mostly native plants. BUT, our veggie beds and fruit trees love this stuff, and it’s insanely easy to master. And of course, kids dig it! #compost #urbancomposting #permaculture #wildyardsproject

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Life on the Death Strip: The poor soil and inconvenient light that hits the front of my house makes for challenging growing. And then, of course, there’s the trampling of feet, bound for Boba or wine. Trees cover most of the area in shade until about three or 4 o’clock when that setting sun blasts the whole thing for a few hours. It’s not ideal for shade loving plants, nor is it a deal for sun loving plants. But endless consultations and improvisations have yielded a few tenuous successes. Yellow monkey flowers seems to be liking a sunny corner, backed by the Fairy Duster that’s been in for years and is doing fine. Across the way, Clarkia revels in the shade of a fig tree, and the Coast Sunflower installed by @_native_hummingbird is doing a fine job of settling in. Finally, the “Louis Hamilton” Mallow is bursting to life, though the stems can barely support the blossoms, and who knows how that’s going to work out, long term? #wildyardsproject #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #pollinatorfriendly #deathstrip

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April Mayhem Report: I have no doubt that in the back of my mind there was always a plan for how one thing would go with another, and various leaf colors and blossoms would play powerfully against one another. But in the end, mayhem has ruled the day. If there is an art to this-and there most certainly is an art to this - then that is not my strong suit. But March showers have brought copious April flowers, and the garden is alive, nay euphoric, with colors, critters and life. The dominant success stories in our #NELA garden with mixed clay soil and partial sun are: Indian Mallow, Red Buckwheat, Conejo Buckwheat, Black sage, Hummingbird Sage, California Fuschia, poppies and Clarkia. In the shadier zones: Pitcher sage, Huechera(!), Various Currants(shrub and ground covers). Current birds visiting (seem from where I sit): flocks of finches red and lesser gold, towhees, Bushtits, Collared Pidgeons, Mourning Doves and migratory sparrows. At some point today, the Coopers Hawk will delight me with its reign of terror, but for now, all’s heavenly. And this is one of the things about a native garden that might come across as a little esoteric and hard to sell, but as much as anything else, having a native garden brings me a staggering sense of well-being. The ebb and flow of wild-life, the chatter of birds both resident and migratory, the steady bob and weave bees over seasonal blossoms instills me with a sense of ok-ness that simply cannot be achieved through any other process. Connecting to, and co-creating a vital healthy ecosystem where you live yields a staggering sense of agency. And don’t get me wrong, I know I’m lucky. I’m lucky to have a house that can support a garden like this, and lucky to have the time to do it even though I work hard and have kids. I’m lucky. One of the challenges of the Wild Yards Project is to find a way for people of all social and economic backgrounds to be able to participate in some version this, regardless of how small their slice of heaven may be. #wildyardsproject #wildlifehabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #californianativeplants #pollinatorfriendly

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On My Way to a Farmers Market: Grabbing our weekly local goods at the Atwater Farmers Market here in LA, my already post-rain euphoria was buoyed to damn-near dangerous levels by these encounters with native landscapes over a two block walk. A parkway dense with native fescue, poppies and Yarrow, a front yard transformed into a dense woodland, replete with a variety of Ribes, Ceanothus, Lemonade berry, Scrub and Valley Oaks, Western Redbud, Manzanitas and potted Dudleya (to name merely a few), and finally, a second parkway of established Ceanothus and sages, Coast Daisy and native groundcovers all watched over by a massive Torrey Pine. The air was humming with a frenzy of bees, wrens and Towhees scoured the underbrush and the delicate cacophony of a flock of tiny Bushtits tinkled like a broken chime from the trees overhead. All just blocks from a 4 lane road, in a tiny hood nestled between freeways and one very complicated river. #wildyardsproject #wildlifehabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #californianativeplants #plantnativeplants #pollinatorfriendly #nativegardens

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4 months ago

Mamacita Salvia, in 4 Notes. From biggest to smallest: Pitcher Sage, Hummingbird Sage, White Sage and Black Sage. Like any self-respecting southern Californian, I have a mad passion for sage. Here in our yard we grow 6 different varieties of native sage. Admittedly, some are much happier than others, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to put it anywhere, and everywhere we can. And when they’re even the slightest bit happy, they reward us with a staggering bouquet of scents while they create the foundation of a teeming ecosystem. Everything loves these plants, and these plants must love everything, because they put up with an enormous amount of crap just to grace us with their essential presence. #wildyardsproject #californianativeplants #pollinatorfriendly #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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Yellow Rumped Warbler: An Unlikely Bully: So, this Warbler has been in my yard now for three months. During that entire time he has kept all the finches and any other similar sized birds away from my feeders. You can see him here, eyeing one of my feeders, ready to drive off any bird who would dare try to get something to eat. Normally, I have to refill my feeders every two days. But these feeders have remained full for, literally, months. I spoke to Scott over at wild wings LA, and he said the migratory warbler should soon be heading north, and will leave my yard alone. That said, he’s really pissing me off. Birdsong usually fills this tiny yard, but lately all I hear is his bully chirp as I watch the flocks skirt the yard and fly elsewhere. Such is the new wildness. #bullybirds #wildyardsproject #createnativehabitat #yourpropertyishabitat

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4 months ago

First Day of Biocitizen LA's enrichment project, Wilding our Campus at Citizens of the World Silverlake - Rain! Auspicious! We talked about how we create urban habitats and who needs them, and why those creatures are part of an important story - A story that we are a part of as well. 🌿🦎🐌🦋🕷🐜🐛🐦🌿🌎 #placesarefood #placesarewater #placesareshelter #placesarehomefortheyoung 🌿🌿🌿 #urbanhabitat #urbanfieldenvironmentalphilosophy #urbanplaces #placesarestories #wildlifegarden #schoolyardhabitat #nationalwildlifefederation #citizensoftheworldsilverlake #wildyardsproject #biocitizen #biocitizenla #biocitizenchile #offthescreenandintothegreen @tessacharnofsky2243 @nationalwildlife @wildyardsproject

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Heuchera “Wendy Alumroot”- February through July, these tiny pink bells perched on slender stalks are coveted by bees and hummingbirds alike. The wide, evergreen leaves handle low sun and moderate to low water and they dig being tightly grouped as much as my kids dig squeezing onto my wife’s lap to hear her read “Mr Tiger Goes Wild”. I have several, um, herds? Flocks? Clusters? Of these in various shady spots in our yards, and their annual Flowering gives me a dopamine hit that rivals the apparent joy of the flying fauna in our yard. #californianativeplants #pollinatorfriendly #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #wildyardsproject

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Dry Creek Bed and Sycamores, #elcapitancanyon. It has been two years since the Sherpa fire ripped through this area outside of Santa Barbara. But even with much of the hillside surrendered to non-native, invasive grasses this little riparian area, flanked by sycamores, is visited by a greater variety of birds than I have seen in a long long time. Flocks of finches, families of woodpeckers, juncos, towhees, warblers, Flickas, wrens, doves, jays, and, of course, crows and ravens. This phone cannot detail their visitations, but the point is made: when even the slightest amount of native habitat presents itself, nature responds enthusiastically. It just drives home, to me, the importance of creating habitat where ever you can. The natural world is more than game, we just need to provide the space for it to revel in. #californianativeplants #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #wildyardsproject

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Desert Marigold: Problem Solved. I planted these lovely little gems on a hot, fully exposed corner of compacted dirt at the edge of my driveway. Nothing-and I mean nothing-would grow there. But thanks to a consultation with @wildergardens and the good brains at @theodorepayne , we tried these, and they’re doing great. So, if you need some color in a hot dry place with compacted soil, look no further. #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants #wildyardsproject

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Experiments in Space: Indian Mallow on the left, 3 SoCal friendly blueberries (potted) in the middle, Black Sage, California Fuschia, Hummingbird Sage and Toyon wrapping around the right. As I mentioned to @farmerjacky , I’ve been working on edibles tucked here and there, and have found that blueberries hate the scalding heat of NELA, so a little afternoon protection by the robust locals seems to make them happy. Meanwhile, the diversity of bees attracted by the sages and Mallow should help yield a bumper crop of Blueberries...(to be continued) #wildyardsproject #permaculture #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #pollinatorhabitat

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