On Wednesday, Jan. 22, we will have a meeting on creating wildlife habitat in our yards. I am sharing these resources in advance of the meeting. Take a look and the meeting will be even more useful to you.
A bounty of pix, how-to’s and plants: https://www.laspilitas.com/garden/wildlife.htm
Yummy information and photos, and links to things like building a birdbath, and which creatures benefit from which native plants.
Focus on California: https://www.cnps.org/gardening/habitat-value-gardens-5261
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has literally hundreds of pages of beautiful, educational articles and pictures of native gardens that provide wildlife habitat. Click around in this website!
On November 13 this is what we did at our Streetside Demo meeting at Carolyn's house:
We placed nearly a hundred flags in the ground for small sage (Celestial Blue), large sage (Allen Chickering), small grass (Purple Needlegrass), and large grass (Deer Grass).
Carolyn, left to her own devices, and incorporating the areas to the right and the left of the main planting area, did this:
I love how Carolyn has stretched her planting to the corners by creating individual "islands" for the plants. Perhaps she will end up connecting them as the plants mature, creating a continuous border. Come spring, as the weeds come up between the islands, she will have a lovely front area punctuated by, and celebrating, our California native plants. Fabulous job, Carolyn.
Last week my husband planted 49 plants in the rain. Many were delicate little things -- a single leaf, a cloud of tiny transparent leaves clinging to a drooping stem. Las Pilitas Nursery in Santa Margarita sends these healthy, humble babies to serious native plant gardeners, who trust that care and rain will rehome a native plant, and set it to thriving.
4 Lepechinia calycina, “Pitcher Sage”
5 Peritoma arborea, “Bladderpod”
18 Muhlenbergia rigens, “Deergrass”
3 Salvia ‘Celestial Blue’, “Celestial Blue Sage”
9 Baccharis pilularis consanguinea,“Coyote Brush”
2 Salvia clevelandii, “Cleveland Sage”
2 Penstemon centranthifolius, “Scarlet Bugler”
5 Penstemon spectabilis, “Showy Penstemon”