Soap and other native blossoms
Lovely 3 minute walk in California Botanic Garden in Claremont with David Bryant. He highlights 5 natives, most of which we have in our own yards. Following our orders from CDC, he makes soap from Ceanothus blooms and washes his hands with it. Not bad when we are in a pinch in the garden. Or...fill a bowl with blooms and keep it by the sink. It works.
Our native Ceanothus species (we have two in YLP, one know as Buckbrush), are beginning to bloom. The blossoms contain saponins, which make them an effective soap. I am headed out to my yard to try it.
We planted manzanitas
To anchor the Equestrian Center native garden, both visually and botanically, we installed three Arctostaphylos manzanita ‘Dr. Hurd’, commonly known as Bigberry Manzanita. While likely a hybrid, ‘Dr. Hurd’ has many characteristics of its parent, Bigberry Manzanita, Arctostaphylos manzanita.
Here’s a taste of how much fun we had planting them. Thanks to Alex at Thicket & Vine Nursery for beautiful plants and spirited help, and Diana Binney for some great shots:
A CA native plant gardener for 20 years, Leslie has been caring for her habitat garden in Yosemite Lakes Parks, Coarsegold, CA, since 2013.