Making Plans for the Garden

by Lorraine on October 6, 2009

For the last several weeks I’ve been thinking about what I want to do in the garden as Fall comes around.   I’ve been going through several of my native plant garden books, getting ideas and thinking about the possibilities and feeling a bit confused about what it is that I want to do.   I know that I want to make some changes but I’m hardly an authority on gardening, let alone native plants. 

I’ve only had my garden for two years and over this period of time, I have learned “some” things but what I do know is that I don’t know very much at all.   So I’m fumbling a bit at this but I know that there are many good resources for help and information.

What I do know is how much I love “wildness”, nature and being outside.   I’m sensitive to loveliness, beautiful places and the expressions of nature that surround us all the time, but far too often we miss it because we are too pre-occupied with our daily lives.   Sitting behind a computer is torture for me…what’s going on outside?

Now that Fall is here, I’m starting to get a bit excited and today I received my copy of the “Poppy Print” from the Theodore Payne Foundation.   As usual, it’s full of lots of great information and lists the many upcoming classes that they offer to the public to learn how to transform the typical lawn dominated yard, into something that is lovely, doesn’t require much water and attracts wildlife into it.

Their annual plant sale is coming up and I plan on going to the nursery this Friday with my list that I’ve assembled over the last few weeks.   Some of the plants that I was considering, they don’t have at this time but there are some other ones that I hadn’t considered, so I will probably be purchasing those instead of what I had in mind.  Plus I will start bringing in plants to my ugly and dreadful backyard, too!

The days are now cooler and so are the evenings the perfect time to start with new gardening projects, visit native plant nurseries and dream of your results next Spring.

If you would like to learn more about native plants for California, visit the Theo. Payne website:

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