|Muhlenbergia rigens (Deergrass) glowing in the sun, September 13, 2010|
In Judith Larner Lowry's The Landscaping Ideas of Jays she discusses the "fifth season"
or "quiet time". She suggests this time "can be a time of planning strategy for fall.
provided this information and more about our place to which many of us have been transplanted.
|This estivating or Summer dormant Ribes speciosum |
(Fushsia-flowerrd gooseberry) looks like a brown dead bramble.
Back to plants. I fell in love with the trumpet vines growing it seemed every where in the city with Spanish architecture. Over the course of a few months, I bought from nurseries there these trumpet vines in every color available and proceeded to plant them here at MuRefuge. Now for you savvy individuals, you're saying, "West Sonoma County's climate is nothing like Santa Barbara's."
True! AND only one of these vines survived, struggling to do so, dying back with each cold, rainy season. This plant no longer lives here. I found it a new home, yet even in a warmer Sonoma County location, it did not thrive.
|Single blossom Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa)|
|Bear Claw Acacia with tiny|
green leaves & flowers
And the Bear Claw Acacia, grown from seeds gathered in the Sonoran Desert, that has toughed out many uprooting, replanting, uprooting, replanting. Each Summer when it gets hot enough it presents me with fuzzy little blooms that transport me back to my hikes in both the Catalina Mountains and the Chiricahua Mountains. Unfortunately my maternal Grandma Haynes's jade plant did not fare as well as the previous two plants. This glorious 3' tall and wide plant succumbed to death after being buried in 3 feet of snow during an unusual Winter storm while I lived in San Antonio, Texas.
As you have read in earlier blog entries here, I have lived in many places diverse from one another. I recall a memory from living in Tucson, an area a half a mile high in the Sonoran Desert, that in the 1950's and even into the the 1970's, was known as a healthy place to live for those experiencing lung difficulties. Earlier in the 20th century the area boosted some of the best TB sanitariums in the country. Many people, most Midwesterners, with respiratory problems moved to the Tucson area for relief of symptoms, alas, bringing with them plants they loved. Can you hear the next words? Yup! Bermuda grass flourished, releasing pollens into the previously pristine air. By the 1980's, when I lived there, the city government banned Bermuda grass and other such plants that produce repirataory allergens.
|Scrophularia californica (Bee Plant, Figwort) with raindrops|
And if you are so inclined to start your natives from seed, you can check out Larner Seeds http://www.larnerseeds.com/ in Bolinas. The owner, Judith Larner Lowry, also has her own blog. http://judithlarnerlowry.blogspot.com/
The second Saturday of each October Milo Baker, the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society, has its annual native plant sale at the Veteran's Building in Santa Rosa across from the the Fair Grounds. A suggestion, arrive early if you want to choose from a vast array which quickly dwindles!
For those of you who live further South, one of the largest and oldest native plant nurseries in California is located in the hills above Woodside.
Perhaps you have already visited this nursery, founded in 1955 by Gerda Isenberg?
|Volunteer sunflower on our septic mound . . . see the pollinator?|
I was reminded of the effect of my watering hose on plants of the ecologic niche here, when I recently visited Mostly Natives Nursery reading a sign on a Bay Area native plant which stated that water will provide many blooms in the summer but shortens the life of the plant from many years to 2 or 3 years.
I encourage each of you to share, in the comment section below, your experience with natives and your attention to the whole of garden ecology.
And anyone interested in viewing a huge project reflecting this process, visit the "upper reach of the Laguna de Santa Rosa that runs through Cotati and a small section of Rohnert Park" being restored by Cotati Creek Critters with the help of many volunteers over the past 12 years. You can contact Jenny Blaker or Wade Belew through http://www.cotaticreekcritters.info/ .
|Cathie & Rose soaking in the healing of MuRefuge|
This picture obviously was not taken during the Fifith Season
since the Clarkia and Red Fescue are in spectacular bloom.
Resting seems like a valuable practice no matter