Native Plants, Garden Tours and Other Things

by Lorraine on April 13, 2010

As of late, I have been so busy with what seems like a million projects going on all at the same time, that my mind is scattered and unfocused.   But my  garden is spectacular, fragrant, lovely, filled with birds, butterflies, fragrance and life.  And a place to retreat to with a glass of wine when I feel overwhelmed.

And each one of these comments is a discussion onto itself.   Everything seems to be blooming and with the amount of rain we have had this winter and Spring, all the plants have grown quite a bit.   Some are quite large, as a matter of fact.   I am eye-balling the Canyon Prince Rye Grass, realizing that they are going to become too big in some of the spots where they are currently growing and I will be digging some up this winter.

Going on The Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant & Wildflower garden tour this past weekend, was wonderful.   I saw some terrific designs, some that were just “okay” but the passion and enthusiasm of the hosts was lovely.   And I took note of some of the plants that I happen to have in my garden and realized there were be a potential problem in the future if I don’t remove them this winter.

I am guilty of putting in too many plants and too close together and now I will have to rectify that before it becomes a major job.   But, I love my garden.   It’s beautiful, tranquil and filled with life.  

And it will be on a garden tour this Sunday.   I am told to expect about 300 people, all of who are traditional gardeners.   So my garden will be a new experience for them and I am expecting many questions about native plants.

It should be an interesting day.

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1 Kathy Vilim 04.13.10 at 3:08 pm

Oh how fun! Having a garden tour at Your house. I would love to see it.

2 Beverly 04.16.10 at 8:08 pm

I want to convince my husband to relandscape our front yard with native California plants. So I need to show him a few gardens. I live in Simi Valley but am willing to drive into most of Ventura County or the San Fernando Valley. How can I find some yards to show him? Any Suggestions?

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