wildyardsproject Photos & Videos

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Eriogonum Rubescens: A Smart Plant for a Dilettante Gardener .... Not immediately native to Los Angeles, but absurdly happy in our tricky yard (big trees, weird light, etc), this Buckwheat has taken mightily to our site, and so, as a token of my gratitude, I’ve planted it en masse. The dark green leaves hold the space all fall> winter, and then come early summer, this sucker just explodes to life, drawing honeybees, sweat bees, leaf cutter bees and all sorts of butterflies. It seems to be pretty flexible, but is doing very well in loamy soil, with late am through 2 pm light. #californianativeplants #plantnativeplants #wildyardsproject #dilettantegardener

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6 days ago

From the “You Learn Something New Everyday” Dept: How Did This Honeybee Drone Die? (hint: the answer is sticking out his abdomen) Go to bottom of text for answer. .... My ever-vigilant and observant son found this curiously formed drone on our driveway. Because I have a BioScan trap in my backyard, as part of the @natureinla bug study, I took the liberty of reaching out to @nhmla_bioscan contacts Lisa Gonzales and Max Adams to see if they could identify what was protruding from bee. After much conjecture, Lisa forwarded the image to esteemed entomologist Douglas Yanega at UC Riverside. His mind blowing and hilarious response filled our house with a fit of the giggles, and a sympathetic groan for the doomed, dutiful drone. “ It's his willie. Honey bee drones die explosively when they mate, and this is what they look like afterwards..” - Douglas Yanega ... #dronebee life. #wildyardsproject #bees #beefacts #beesex

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2 weeks ago

GREETINGS, convergent lady beetle on a showy milkweed. This species is fragrant 👏 easy to plant from seed 👏 in no need of maintenance 👏 and feeds imperiled monarch babies, among other things. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR 😁

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Dynamic Duo: Sugar Sumac & California Buckwheat ... What do I know? I’m not a botanist or horticulturalist or native plant landscaper, but the patterns of a happy relationship are, to me, undeniable. It was @_native_hummingbird who first wrote about Laurel Sumac and got me really noticing the difference between the Sugar bush, Lemonade Berry and the Laurel sumacs, etc. Since then, I’ve begun to notice all the stalwart chaparral guardians and their dynamic interplay, along with the critters that seem to drift, defend and weave their way around them. Swallowtail butterflies on the Sumac, Mockingbirds covetously defending the red berries of the Toyon, tiny Grey Hairstreak Butterflies worrying over the buckwheats and the clouds of native bees working the black sage. A concert of coming and going and sizes and shapes that create a familiar picture of the chaparral I’ve, until recently, taken for granted. As I mentioned earlier, the heavy rains brought an abundance of invasives into any areas where the earth was disturbed, choking single-track and jeep roads alike. So these groupings of established natives are taking on more significance, showing how effective and undeniable their control and balance of a place can be when either left alone, or planted with intention. So much of what becomes will be determined by what we plant, how and why, and it all begins with seeing. .... #californianativeplants #plantnativeplants #nela #stewardship #wildyardsproject

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2 weeks ago

Transplant+ report! I moved the Indian corn cob cactus to my cactus trough (as it's become known, since she houses the most cacti). I also moved a tiny melocactus (I think that's what it is) from the back planter and very carefully uprooted a fairly sizeable blue green agave (one of my FAVES) from the back where it was being usurped by blue senecio and frankly not living its best life. I was thrilled to see it had not one, but two babies sheltered under it! 😊 So now those are all in the front troughs. We've also got new blossoms on 50 yr old barrel cactus. 🏵️🏵️🏵️ #wildyardsproject #sunsetmagazine #containergarden #drygarden

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2 weeks ago

Late May 2019: Added a variety of CA native plants to the front border, including beautiful types of yarrow, sage, and lavender. Everything is doing great out here so far, and people love to stop by to chat about it! 🌱 #frontyardgarden #wildyardsproject #sunsetmag

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3 weeks ago

I’ve spent four years building a mixed hedge. Lots of bad early bad design decisions that had to be corrected. A huge labor of love. But this is the payoff year. Everything that goes in a yard should have multiple layers of purpose. This hedge is a privacy screen, provides year round garden interest, has multiple species of berries for me and the birds, had natives sprinkled throughout for interest, is a pollinator garden virtually year round, provides shelter for animals, and cuts down on the amount of general weeding, mowing, and watering I have to do to keep it looking nice. This year, I have had to do some light weeding, added about a dozen plants, and that is it. It’s running itself. #pollinatorgarden #nativeplants #wildyardsproject

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4 weeks ago

Bee Balm (Bergamot) is an Indiana native wild flower that is stunningly beautiful, supports our pollinators 🐝 & has excellent benefits and medicinal qualities for us! Great as a tea to fight upper respiratory issues, colds, flu, gas, diarrhea, nausea, fevers & whooping cough. Topically it is a great helper with skin problems, wounds and to keep away the mosquitos! It also smells really amazing!! Bee Balm is a perennial so it keeps coming back every year! Seeds can be found at URBAN FARMER on their site ufseeds.com. #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #wildflowers #gowildandthrive #saveourbees #saveourplanet #beebalm

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4 weeks ago

CREEPING CHARLIE is an evergreen perennial in the mint family and was once much appreciated by brewers and herbalists. * It is rich in vitamin C, and the young leaves have a light minty flavor to them. The leaves can be added to salads, soups or brewed as a tea. * Before hops, this wild edible was often added to beer to clear it and improve its flavor. 🍺 * Medicinally, Creeping Charlie helps with kidney disorders, indigestion, coughs, and tuberculosis. Also, a study done in 1991 showed that a fatty acid from this plant stimulates enzyme activity in blood platelets. #wildedibles #foodasmedicine #herbalremedies #wildyardsproject #mothernatureknowsbest #herbalist #naturespharmacy

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1 month ago

CREEPING CHARLIE is an evergreen perennial in the mint family and was once much appreciated by brewers and herbalists. * It is rich in vitamin C, and the young leaves have a light minty flavor to them. The leaves can be added to salads, soups or brewed as a tea. * Before hops, this wild edible was often added to beer to clear it and improve its flavor. 🍺 * Medicinally, Creeping Charlie helps with kidney disorders, indigestion, coughs, and tuberculosis. Also, a study done in 1991 showed that a fatty acid from this plant stimulates enzyme activity in blood platelets. #wildedibles #foodasmedicine #herbalremedies #wildyardsproject #mothernatureknowsbest #herbalist #naturespharmacy

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1 month ago

Bushtit on Monkeyflower ... Lately, usually sometime after lunch, this tiny flock of Bushtits slowly works its way, together or leapfrogging past one another, through the garden, eating any bugs they can find occupying the wildflowers. I can usually hear them before I see them, tiny high-pitched chattering, not unlike the little tones one is subjected to when they’re getting a hearing test. For those of you under 50 this probably won’t make any sense. For those of you over 50, all I can say is, as unpleasant as it is at the doctors office, it’s delightful in my yard. #environmentalstewardship #pollinatorgarden #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #wildlifehabitat #certifiedwildlifehabitat #createhabitat #californianative #californianativeplants

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1 month ago

Alligator Lizard: New Habitat, meet New Sheriff .... There I was, minding my own business, watering the newly revitalized parking strip when this beauty climbed up onto the rock among the Clarkia. “Common” as these lizards are, i’m never the less always struck by both their prehistoric beauty, and their deft coverage of their domains. Though they live under the rocks, in the log piles, and even under our house, they are often seen 10’ up in our Toyon, at eye-level amongst the Mallow blossoms (see previous post), or, as pictured here, taking advantage of the annuals to find a meal. They’re unnervingly still when safety demands, and yet exit in a split second burst when the gig is up. Can you catch them by hand? Sure. But be ready for an Adrenalin pumping bite. These durable urban reptiles suffer no fools and take no shit. I adore them. ... #alligatorlizard #reptilesofinstagram #environmentalstewardship #pollinatorgarden #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #wildlifehabitat #certifiedwildlifehabitat #createhabitat #californianative #californianativeplants

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1 month ago

Behold the Mighty Flower Fly (aka: Syrphid Fly, aka Hover Fly) ... When I was a little boy, well, let’s face it, I was a trippy little kid. I would stare at these flies in our garden that seem to hover in mid-space, shifting slightly, back-and-forth in the air, a few feet above my mom’s garden, just holding that space for hours. Little did I know that was the breeding dance of this diminutive and noble fly. With a variety of colorations that seem to mimic bees, they are a pollinating powerhouse unto themselves. In the second frame, you’ll actually see the fly’s tiny little fore-legs grasping the pollen covered poppy pistil (say that four times fast) so that it’s proboscis can get a snout-full of tasty pollen. Yum! .... #pollinatorgarden #donthateonflies #beneficialinsects #habitatgarden #createhabitat #wildyardsproject #macrophotography #nikon

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1 month ago

If you build it...they will come. Two months ago we cleared our yard and converted it to California natives. In addition to very interesting insects, and even Salamanders, we had a Bobcat come into the yard and “play” with our rocks for several minutes. The first time that we had seen one here. An amazing experience. Hopefully it will come back, and maybe pick off a rabbit or two! 😁 #wildyardsproject

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1 month ago

Bee Balm (Bergamot) is an Indiana native wild flower that is stunningly beautiful, supports our pollinators 🐝 & has excellent benefits and medicinal qualities for us! Great as a tea to fight upper respiratory issues, colds, flu, gas, diarrhea, nausea, fevers & whooping cough. Topically it is a great helper with skin problems, wounds and to keep away the mosquitos! It also smells really amazing!! Bee Balm is a perennial so it keeps coming back every year! Seeds can be found at URBAN FARMER on their site ufseeds.com. #wildyardsproject #nativeplants #wildflowers #gowildandthrive #saveourbees #saveourplanet #beebalm

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1 month ago

Feeling some love for CLOVER this morning! It is coming up strong in my yard and looking great! 🍀 Clover is the alternative lawn we chose for our home for a few reasons.... 1. It is a nitrogen-fixing plant, puts nutrients in soil and requires NO fertilization. 2. It is drought tolerant. 3. Withstands heavy traffic (my kids & dogs. 4. Doesn’t grow tall which means mowing once a month (if that) is sufficient! 5. White flowers look beautiful & supports the pollinators. 🐝 White clover is native to Indiana and can be found in bulk at URBAN FARMER in Westfield. #lawnalternative #clover #cloverlawn #wildyardsproject #gowildandthrive

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1 month ago

Ok, this plant could NOT be more misunderstood! The plant that everyone thinks is just a stubborn weed is actually one of the most nutritious and beneficial plants out there!! Still can’t wrap my brain around why we insist on killing them 🤔 The Dandelion is helpful in treating a myriad of physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders. From the flower to the root this plant is loaded with vitamins, minerals & fiber!!! At our house, we love using the leaves for salad!! 🥗 #dandelions #weneedweeds #wildyardsproject #saveourplanet #gowildandthrive #foodasmedicine

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1 month ago

As we are entering the season of yard work please keep all nature’s creatures in mind when deciding what to put on your lawn, flowers & gardens. Not only is it affecting our pets, but any creatures that comes into contact with treated areas...rabbits, squirrels, bees, birds, deer, butterflies, frogs, fish, etc. Chances are, if you wouldn’t want it on your skin or to eat it, it is harmful to living things!! Take a look at this site for more info.... https://m.petmd.com/dog/care/dangers-lawn-chemicals-your-perfect-lawn-killing-your-pet #wildyardsproject #saveourplanet #protectanimals #preservenature #gowildandthrive #1ENERGY #mydogbaby #humansneedarealitycheck

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1 month ago

Every year we are loosing thousands of species due to loss of habitat. A perfectly manicured lawn leaves little to nothing for wildlife to use and with millions of acres used for housing, the devastation is happening at an alarming rate! What can you do? Letting your yard go wild allows Mother Nature to bring back what is needed for our pollinators, flying insects and birds. 🕊🐝🦋 I know this is uncomfortable as we were all trained to admire a lush green lawn and compete with our neighbors, but if everyone did this (even just a portion of our yard) we could start to reverse the damage to our planet. And think how much money and time you will save.....I know we could all use a little more of both!!! #gowildandthrive #wildyardsproject #saveourplanet #saveourbees #weneedweeds #lawnalternative

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Earth Day, Is It? .... I’ll be honest with you, I wrestle with this Holiday. Created in the 1970s, when it was easy for any side of the aisle in Washington DC to grasp that protecting earth was of the utmost importance. Sure, it was also political goodwill at the time of the Vietnam war, but the Clean Air and Water Acts, and many other huge environmental steps forward, started around this time. Few could imagine then how much worse it would get. So here we are, celebrating Earth once again while habitat diminishes, carbon output soars, and more and more Americans doubt there’s any issue at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a cynic. And nor do I aim to change the world. My goal is to accept where we’re at, grieve the losses, get over it and then, move forward with a Plan. So, yes, let’s celebrate Earth. Let empower all those entities that can save what’s left to do so, and empower ourselves to give back as much as we can whether it’s our front steps, our decks, our windowsills or our yards (should we be so insanely lucky to actually own one). Nature is not some far away thing fixed in time, a postcard or a BBC series of things few of us ever see. Nature is now, it surrounds us, and it’s ready to come home. So, Bring It Back. The Reconcilliation of The Natural World by Humanity- in cities, suburbs and beyond- is the only sane Plan for the 21st Century, and it is profoundly achievable. So, happy Earth Day, today, tomorrow and every day as long as we all live. ... #reconcilliationecology #earthday #urbanhabitat #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #environmentalstewardship #urbanwildlife #wildyardsproject #dougtallamy #bringingnaturehome

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1 month ago

The San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society had a tour of 22 Gardens April 13-14. These are amazingly beautiful front yards to multi-acre landscapes. They were “alive” with birds, animals, and insects while using minimal water. #cnpssd #cnpssdgardentour #wildyardsproject #wildflowers

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2 months ago

A Full-Sun Plan That Worked ... Let me be perfectly clear about something, I make mostly mistakes in my garden. I don’t have much of an education beyond the school of hard knocks. And, being me, I tend to over-plant, as anyone who’s ever visited my yard and knows a thing or two will tell you. But about a year ago I made a decision to build some plant groupings around this fountain, and the result has been successful so I thought I’d share it. Knowing that my two Buckwheats (Eriogonum rubescens & Eriogonum crocatum) were happy here, I doubled down and added to the grouping of each, sort of wrapping them around the fountain, leaving a 2’ open area for the poppies, with the hopes that the poppies would encircle the fountain and bring early color (and food) to the garden. That worked! Now, as the poppies and other wildflowers are winding down, the buckwheats are gearing up to bloom - the red and yellow blossoms on dark green and whitish-green stems, respectively. Meanwhile, and as noted in the previous shot, my Indian Mallow is exploding to life as it anchors the row. So it’s a happy zone, and the plan of rolling, seasonal blossoms and color contrasts appears to be working. Is it overcrowded? Yes. It is, after all, my garden. ... #dilletantegardener #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #urbanhabitat #environmentalstewardship #nativeplants #californianativeplants #pollinatorgarden #birdhabitat #beehabitat #nativebees

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2 months ago

A Small, Good Thing, Redux .... This fountain- a splurge from a few years back- surrounded by these perennials and annuals, together create a veritable engine for life in our garden. The amount of bird and bee activity in our yard centered around this 130 sq ft space is impressive. And pretty! .... #birdsneedwater #beesneedwater #yourpropertyishabitat #plantnativeplants #createhabitat #pollinatorhabitat #birdhabitat #pollinatorgarden #californianativeplants #saveourbees #nativebees #wildyardsproject

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2 months ago

Pictures from last Saturday’s Sweet Earth/Bitter Earth printmaking workshop! It was wonderful to see aspiring printmakers of all ages have the opportunity to wander the exhibition for inspiration. Check out Sweet Earth/Bitter Earth before it closes on April 30th, the CFAER gallery is open to the public Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. Plus, stop by on April 26th, 7-8:30pm, for a native plants and art talk at the closing reception. Photos by @bonjourmindy #cfaer #laps #laprintmaking #saschastannard #printmakingworkshop #nature #nativeplants #wildyardsproject #marysherwood #lindalyke #valentinamogilevskaya

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2 months ago

Pictures from last Saturday’s Sweet Earth/Bitter Earth printmaking workshop! It was wonderful to see aspiring printmakers of all ages have the opportunity to wander the exhibition for inspiration. Check out Sweet Earth/Bitter Earth before it closes on April 30th, the CFAER gallery is open to the public Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. Plus, stop by on April 26th, 7-8:30pm, for a native plants and art talk at the closing reception. Photos by @bonjourmindy #cfaer #laps #laprintmaking #saschastannard #printmakingworkshop #nature #nativeplants #wildyardsproject #marysherwood #lindalyke #valentinamogilevskaya

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2 months ago

“Seaweed!”...and why you should give a damn: .... It’s important to make clear: The Brooklyn Bridge Park is, first and foremost, the product of a very wealthy culture and economy. That said, it is also a version of the new intentional Wild. As a young man living in Manhattan in the mid-80s, this part of town was a no-mans land of vacant buildings and a destroyed waterfront. Which was kinda cool and fun. Bio-diverse it’s shores were not, however. Today, it is both a vibrant cultural nexus and a very legitimate green zone, populated by native plants and other beneficial, hearty trees and shrubs. Too generous to call it wilderness, it is nonetheless pollinator-friendly, bio-diverse and impeccably balanced with play zones, sports facilities, “forests”, marshes and wildlife. It is, at the very least, a far cry from the post-industrial bio-hazard it once was. It’s good to walk this waterfront as we ponder the fates of #thelariver and other revitalization projects, and allow them to remind us that A) wildness is something we can create, and B) when we revitalize urban areas, restoring and creating habitat is key to the projects’ success ... #wildyardsproject #brooklynbridgepark #revitalization #environmentalstewardship #urbanhabitat #nativeplants #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat

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2 months ago

WILD YARDS PROJECT at CNPS Native Plant Symposium, Los Angeles ・・・ WYP members Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen ( @rootsimple ) are set to tell the Wild Yards Project story and help spread the gospel of the re-wilding movement. Come on out and hear about all the WYP initiatives, ask questions, and join the conversation. 4/13/19 9am-4pm WYP Talk at 12pm 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino,CA 91436 .... Sponsored by @theodorepayne and @cnps.losangeles ... #nativeplantweek #theodorepayne #cnps #californianativeplants #nativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #plantnativeplants #environmentalstewardship #revitalization #urbanhabitat #createhabitat #habitatgarden #wildyardsproject #plantsale

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2 months ago

Good News!: This Yellow-Rumped Warbler does not care who you voted for, what color your skin is or what your net worth is. It only wants the same thing it’s kind has had for thousands of years: HABITAT. MORE GOOD NEWS: If you have a lawn, a deck, an outdoor staircase or a windowsill, you have a place for habitat to exist 1) Birds Need Food 2) Birds Need Moving Water 3) Birds Need Safe Perches for Lookout and Nesting .... #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #birdsneedwater #birdsneedhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #killyourlawn #nikon #naturephotography

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2 months ago

🌿Save the date! 🌿 On April 13th there will be the Native Plant Week Symposium held at the Sepulveda Garden Center from 9-4 pm. This is an entirely ❗️FREE ❗️event! Come ready to learn about how to embrace localism and creating native gardens in landscaping and the Wild Yards Project. There will also be a Plant Sale! Walk away with some beautiful native wildflowers and ideas for beautifying your own backyard. 💐 This event is sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and the Theodore Payne Foundation. Tim Becker, David Newsom and Cynthia Powell will be the featured speakers. 🎙 Hope to see you there! The Sepulveda Garden Center is located at 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino.

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3 months ago

How to Build a Butterfly Puddle ... While hiking through a local Canyon yesterday, my son and I both noticed lots of butterflies drinking about a foot from a tiny stream. Most people don’t know it, but butterflies need salts and minerals as well as the water. So creating a butterfly puddle in your yard is a simple and easy thing to do for seasonal and migratory butterflies. The one I’ve done here I’ve placed right in the middle of my garden, next to an Arroyo Azul Sage that the migrating Painted Ladies and many others love to feed on. The steps are simple: 1. Find a spigot or any other easily controlled water source- even a bird bath is perfect 2. Create a bed of gravel, sand and even a bit of compost over a water tight area- here I sank a plate into the dirt. 3. Allow the water to cover about 30% of the area, and give the butterflies plenty of soaked earth to drink mineralized water from. And that’s about it! Remember, just enough water for a small puddle, with the majority of the area soaking wet, that’s where the most benefit lies for the butterflies. ... #butterflypuddle #pollinatorhabitat #pollinatorgarden #butterflygarden #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #habitatgarden #butterflies #wildyardsproject

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3 months ago

Painted Lady Butterfly on Chia Sage, Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore ... By 2 o’clock in the afternoon, there were literally clouds of these butterflies attacking primarily the Chia sage - bobbing in azure-blue carpets- and the non-native mustard. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I don’t guess I ever will again. Lucky me, and the other thousands of people wandering the trails of this briefly magical place. ... #leavenotrace #stayonthetrail #walkercanyon #californianativeplants #superbloom2019 #wildyardsproject #nikon #naturephotography

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3 months ago

Full Sun to Part Shade- Update from a Dilettante’s Habitat Garden ... Here’s a cross-section, starting from the top of our little backyard, southern garden, going down to the bottom. At the top Indian mallow gets bigger every year, below it a groundcover manzanita, three years in and about 5‘ x 5‘, in the center is our little bird fountain, surrounded by blue-eyed grass California fuchia, and California poppies. Flanking that is the Eriogonum rubescens and Eriogonum crocatum (both of which have slowly spread to a combined area of about 7’ x4’). Moving into the part-shade area (behind a medium fig tree) is the wildflower mix from @theodorepayne , surrounded in the shadiest spots by Pacific Iris and Huechera Wendy.. .... Not yet visible is the “Celestial Blue“ salvia (full sun) planted this year and a monkey flower cultivar, tucked just outside of a full sun area, that looks like it’s going to have the most stunning orange-red flowers I’ve ever seen. ... You might be asking yourself “Did he leave enough room for all that?” Well, no, because #ihaveaproblem. #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #californianativeplants #plantnativeplants #pollinatorgarden #pollinatorfriendly #createhabitat #butterflygarden

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3 months ago

Painted Lady Butterflies are Coming! .... Yes, @wildergardens , you’re correct. My little bit of research has revealed that the butterflies are coming up from Mexico. Turns out they’re overpopulated down there and are being lured north by the rains and subsequent vast supplies of food So Cal is producing. The danger now, I understand, is that if they fly too far north they won’t survive the winter and will have a problem reproducing. But for those of us down here in the south, all I can say is enjoy! If you’ve got host plants in your yard then you’re in for a treat. They lay their eggs on Yarrow, Mugwort, Sagebrush and a few others here in So Cal, and love the nectar from many sages, buckwheats, asters, sunflower, coyote mints, verbena, yarrows...the list goes on and on... These lovely Ladies are visiting my Arroyo Azul Salvia, but also seem to be hanging out on my Eriogonum rubescens, even though it’s not close to blooming. Hmmm...laying eggs? Who’s the entomologist out there? ... #butterflygarden #butterfly #paintedlady #migration #californianativeplants #createhabitat #pollinatorfriendly #pollinatorgarden #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #wildyardsproject #nikon #naturephotography

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3 months ago

THANK YOU! We are proud and excited to have 1000 followers and counting… So proud (did I use “proud” twice? Dang. Ok, I’m tickled) to be a part of this innovative, inspiring, and always insightful community. Of course, the goal is to inspire those outside of the choir, and advance the hard work of transforming 40,000,000 acres of lawn into native/habitat. Habitat loss is the single biggest threat facing biodiversity on earth. We all can do something about that, but very few know how, or feel motivated to harness the agency they posess. Question: How do you think we make that sense of possibility and agency more viral? What do you think is the best way to inspire and enroll people who just don’t think much about plants, to transform the landscape of the planet? Operators are standing by....! #wildyardsproject #plantnativehabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #californianativeplants #birdgarden #birdhabitat #pollinatorgarden #pollinatorfriendly

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3 months ago

CALLING ALL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REALTORS! Let us help you start new homes off right! ... #wildyardsproject has put together a simple planting guide that will help you choose native, beneficial, drought-tolerant plants over traditional, non-beneficial exotics. With beautiful images and simple descriptions, all broken down into extremely easy sections- Shrubs, Privacy Trees, Border Plants and Grasses, this downloadable PDF is a crash course in how and what to plant where. Our goal was simple: interview realtors across LA, get a list of your go-to plants, and offer smart, low maintenance alternatives. Enjoy! .... DM FOR LINK #larealtors #losangelesrealestate #enlightenedrealestate #conservation #smartrealestate #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #21stcenturyrealestate #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #flippinghouses #smartgarden #sustainableliving #sustainablerealestate #stewardship @theodorepayne @terremoto_landscape @terradesigngardens @cnps.losangeles @cnps_sgm @cnpssd @saralov @deasypenner @courtneyandkurtre @wildsuburbia @growninla @nativeplantgardentour @californianativeplantsociety @soilssolutions @ericgarcetti @maisonrehomeanddesign

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3 months ago

RIGHT ON EAGLE ROCK! 1 #nativehabitat workshop at 9 am, 1 quick demonstration of #plantingnativeplants at 11 am , and 25 people from #nela / #eaglerockla busted their butts and got 67 #californianativeplants in the ground. Phase One of this big ole lawn at Eagle Rock Presbyterian Church/Westminster Child Care is in the ground. The plan now is to slowly transform the whole site to a native woodland and meadow. Gonna be a huge push, but with a little luck (and more funding), this crew is down for the job. What an inspiring, exhausting day! Thanks to @jimbo_blachly (team photographer) @theodorepayne @sheder @johnschlue @superfancyshawna @rootsimple @silverlakelee and of Pastor Erik Dailey, the staff at WCC and all who came and conquered... #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #environmentalstewardship #conservation #pollinatorgarden #butterflygarden #enlightenedlandscape

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4 months ago

This rain. Good lord. And the result. Every so often, I walk around my garden and wonder, “Did I go too far? Is my addiction just too damned indisciplined? I mean, just how many f’ing ‘Shade Mix’ seeds from @theodorepayne can you toss into an already perfectly overcrowded garden anyway?” The answer: We’re about to find out. Eriogonum rubescans, Eriogonum crocatem, California Poppy, Manzanita, California Blue Eyed Grass, Huechera “Wendy”...and tons and tons of wild flower seeds ... #wildyardsproject #pollinatorgarden #createhabitat #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants #ineedhelp

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4 months ago

Thanks Rain, Pt. 10: Eriogonum Crocatum ... When not topped with its show stopping geometry of yellow blossoms, one gets a good look at the stunning geometry of, well, the rest of this very cool perennial. The silvery stems and leaves of this uniquely structured local are set off nicely by any number of darker green pairings. In this case, this grouping is flanked by Eriogonum rubescens. When both are in bloom, it’s a thing of beauty. And, like all buckwheats, this plant is a pollinator-feeding machine, as well as a key food source for birds. #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #birdsneedfood #pollinatorgarden #pollinatorfriendly #hostplants #californianativeplant

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4 months ago

Thanks Rain, Pt 9: Mahonia Berberis (“Oregon Grape”) .... This prickly, holly-leaved shrub is a diamond in the rough. After a very slow start beneath the challenging canopy of my junipers, these shrubs are finally starting to jump up and send forth the yellow blossom devoured by bees of many stripes. Soon, the plants will bear their namesake “grapes”, which, though not sweet, are edible to humans and birds alike, and also produce a stunning dye. 2 years old, they’re finally starting to create the backdrop for my huecheras, Irises and hedge nettle I had hoped for, starting 3 years ago. #wildyardsproject #createhabitat #plantnativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #californianativeplants #birdhabitat

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Thanks Rain, Pt. 8: “5 Spot” (Nemophila Maculata) ... Found the first one of the year tucked in beneath the Clarkia Unguiculata (did I say that right?). It’s all a grand experiment this year, after I tossed wildflower seeds everywhere to see what would take after I cleared a bunch of small trees and dying sage back in November. I’ve replanted dozens of one-gallon sized plants, but figured I’d fill in w wildflowers until they get some height. Might work, who knows? #dilletantegardener #wildyardsproject #plantnativeplants #californianativeplants #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat

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Dude, I totally see you ... Cooper’s Hawk, at the feeder. We hadn’t seen this one around for a while. We figured that was because the Red Shouldered hawk (see previous) had made our backyard it’s domain, but apparently those days are over. Not sure how these hawks work it out, because the Red Shouldered hawk and the Cooper’s hawk largely hunt for different foods. Anybody out there have any thoughts on this? @thedailyjames or @thebirdspa #birdsofinstagram #coopershawk #birdsofprey #wildyardsproject #yourpropertyishabitat #createhabitat #plantnativeplants

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