We have a local community paper called The Acorn that covers mainly the east end of Ventura County and it comes out each Friday.
Well, due to the increased interest in using Native plants instead of thirsty ones, they will be interviewing me late this afternoon and obviously seeking my experience and tips on transitioning from lawns into a more realistic landscape for our hot and dry Mediterranean climate in S. California.
I spent yesterday doing some basic “fluffing” of the plants, a bit of cleaning and some light trimming where it was needed, but I really wish that they had done this story a month ago, when more of the plants were in bloom, because now the garden is going into it’s summer slumber and other than some of the salvias, there aren’t too many flowers to see.
And I have one section that has proven to be difficult to grow anything in and it’s right next to the Howard McMinn manzanita, which is doing very, very well. But there is a section between it and the low rock wall where the soil ( if you could call it that), that doesn’t drain very well and I have experienced several failures with plants that hate to have “their feet wet” and right now, it’s looking a bit bare.
I will wait until this fall, when the plant sales come up and in the meanwhile keep researching ideas for this section. Like anything else in life, gardening and landscapes don’t always turn out the way we envision them, but in the process we always learn something new and the birds, butterflies and bees that are attracted to my garden, continue to be a joy to me.