Tag Archives: California poppies
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Celebrating Our Native Flowers

This spring, the so-called “super bloom” of California, has received a lot of attention, thanks to social media. Selfie-seekers and satellite photos have really fueled an interest in a phenomena that has happened for a millennia (not specifically for “millennials”, although many may argue that point). In 1868, John Muir wrote, during a visit to the Santa […]

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In the Garden; Celebrating Fall and Planning for Spring

I love this time of year. The days are short and the light bends low around the earth. We reap the final rewards of the season and hopefully take a moment to celebrate while, maybe, thinking how we might do it differently when we have the chance to do it again – and usually, in the […]

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Evolving Ideas; Celebrating Botanical Milestones

  This is the time of year where we traditionally reflect on the past as well as look forward to the future. There have been a number of important anniversaries to celebrate this past year; 800 years since the Magna Carta, 250 years since the first French restaurant – and yes, 30 years since Saturday […]

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California Dreaming; Native Vistas of the West

I grew up surrounded by the oak grasslands of California’s Central Coast. Childhood memories of ones surroundings are always powerful things, so of course that environment has influenced the garden design that I practice and my life-long love of the plants and landscapes of the West. Led by the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the third […]

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In the Garden; Ode to Orange

Orange yes…but specifically Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, that was declared the Color Of The Year for 2012. Sometimes  glowing with subdued passion, sometimes erupting into an all-out fire-y blaze, like the tango dancers I enjoyed in Buenos Aires, the color orange is always alive with a sultry warmth. Of course, in the garden, we traditionally […]

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California Poppy; Sunshine On A Stick

  I sat very still and inhaled deeply but I didn’t dare close my eyes. I was sitting cross-legged in a field of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) just off the road in Antelope Valley, California and I didn’t want to miss a moment of the pure golden light shining through the silky orange petals as […]

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