…were just written up by Theodore Payne Foundation‘s Genny Arnold for the participants at the 50 Wildflowering LA sites across LA County: California is experiencing its driest year on record. Compound scant rainfall with persistent, drying Santa Ana winds, and we find our landscapes becoming stressed. We can learn about what our urban gardens will ..
…is the recurring question coming from many of the 50 participating Wildflowering LA sites across LA county, and here is Theodore Payne Foundation‘s Genny Arnold detailed response: It’s exciting to see wildflower seedlings emerge and grow. However, it can be disconcerting to observe weeds coming up right beside them! This common problem in sowing wildflower meadows ..
…in Woodbury, Minnesota early this morning was my very first stop of the day and more later on the on the garden, but in the mean time some cauliflower and cabbage porn as just a little hint of the thriving happy delicious and very loved landscape growing in front of the Schoenherr̵..
…or Cylindropuntia spinosior, in the cactus gardens buried in the sloping pine woods of the Montalvo Arboretum and County Park – lights up with a halo of back-lit low sun this evening on a long-anticipated exploration of the grounds around our artist colony studio where we have our noses buried in work for ..
…or Achillea millefolium is a favorite pollinator attractor, providing a broad horizontal landing pad for lots of good airborne visitors – today found in Montalvo culinary fellow Niki Ford‘s garden just down the hill from my studio-for-..
…or Romneya coulteri, or fried-egg flower, are the towering white petaled and yellow native Californians whose drama is greeting visitors to the Theodore Payne Foundation right now (the place I can’t get enough of, and where I have returned today for some native grape vines, currants, sages, and such) – which of course leads to ..
…in their crowded bed – lovingly raked, graded, laid out, and sprinkled with compost just this winter – is dusty green, bright green, lettuce green, strawberry green, onion green, pea green, kale green, calendula green, and a little yellow from the small flowers produced by the beautiful bolting..
…or Cynara cardunculus, are found wildly making their way all over my L.A. hill, and I do my best to encourage their big-leaved purple-thistle-flowered towering drama – and one of these days I have to get around to actually braising those tough stems into somethi..
…or Centranthus ruber, has been creeping around the gardens here for years, looking great and flowering and continually coming back with little encouragement or even a drop of rain through the summer months, and this season it is especially happy – covering the slope at the front steps with it’s happy pink flowers – and ..
…is the beautifully warm-colored soft-textured stone that comes up with almost every shovel and trowel on my hill, which I covered my roof with as it was coming up from the ground in my early gardening days here – and these days re-working the land I first worked a decade ago, I’m making new terraced ..
…from a wild climbing rose bush (which has surprisingly thrived as a neglected castaway – who knows how it got there – in a hidden overgrown corner of the garden where it is scrambling over some chain link and sending out runners) are drying on a favored Richard Bresnehan pottery plate, sending out good smells, ..
…in a messy row between the broccoli and the kale are up and ready to eat on the rooftop garden ya..
…were placed as little garden cuttings a few months ago in a 24″ diameter shallow glass disk – one of about fifty which I had designed and made for an event in New York many years ago – full of dirt with out thinking much about it….but today they are all spry and happy with ..
…(which I have been training around the house for the past 11 years) are a sign that we have entered the back side of winter, the surprising reminder that Southern Californian spring is here, or close, with things in the garden getting greener by the day – like the leafed-out California Oak and the orangey ..
…are taking their time popping up their heads above the soil on the roof that I carefully prepared for them, after planting a few weeks ago – a combination of the Rainbow and Shady mixtures of native California wildflowers seeds from Theodore Payne, my local non-edible plant mecca….. Rainbow Mix: Clarkia amoena, (Farewell-to-Spring) Clarkia unguiculata, ..
…here was a crazy out of control mess that I first established when I moved into the house 11 years – featuring a lawn, of all things, plus some experiments that didn’t quite work out (like the thirsty kiwi vines which lasted only a couple of years) that slowly evolved into a messed up combination ..
…provides a literal and figurative breath of fresh air at the edge of the city as it pushes against the mountains to the north, in the wild foothills of Sunland/Shadow Hills just a 20 minute drive northwest from me – surprising proximity from the city to be teleported into a landscape that parts of the ..
…(the Edible Estates garden headquarters at SALT Beyoglu) gathered for some gardening workshops with Pelin Demereli throughout the afternoon, and since I couldn’t understand anything they were saying, (though at one point a few little boys seemed to be having a really interesting conversation – so I asked someone to translate, but it turns out ..
…is allowed to go wild and have it’s way sprouting out of the corner between the sidewalk and the house facades all over town – the best part of the spring and summer urban lands..
…and plants growing out of and in to unexpected places is always a welcome surprise when turning any corner in Rome – as I did this afternoon in Monti to find my self biking under this hanging g..