This past weekend I went hiking to see wildflowers in the hills above where I grew up. I was delighted to see so many gorgeous blooms! It was a cloudy day which should be good for photos, but I only had my iPhone 6. I was honestly a bit disappointed in how the photos turned out, […] Finish reading: Spring Wildflowers
If you need a plant with show-stopping color for shade, Pacific Coast iris, also called Douglas iris, is your plant! It resembles bearded irises in leaf and flower appearance but is more diminutive. Bearded iris flowers tend to stand tall above their leaves, while Pacific Coast iris flowers are shorter. Pacific Coast iris grow from […] Finish reading: Pacific Coast IrisPlant Profiles
Eriogonum is a versatile plant that works really well in drought tolerant gardens. It’s a California native plant with lots of personality. Eriogonums, also known as buckwheat* feature plants of various heights and spreads that work well in most landscapes. The flowers are splashy and prolific and last for a long time. Description of Plant […] Finish reading: Buckwheat (Eriogonum)Plant Profiles
In 4th grade, students study California history and learn about its state flower, the California Poppy. As a kid I picked a bouquet and put it in a vase. I was intrigued that the flowers closed at night and opened in the morning. I happened to mention it at school and some mean boy told […] Finish reading: California Poppy
Warm weather is here, and it’s time to get out and explore nature (just be careful of poison oak!) I’m a huge fan of both State and National Parks. This past weekend I explored Mount Diablo State Park, located near Danville, CA. It has the most breathtaking views! To get to the summit, hike 3 […] Finish reading: Watch out for Poison Oak!