Rabbitbrush

Rubbery Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa, formerly Chrysothamnus nauseosus) This plant isn’t native to the Sacramento Valley, but it’s quite abundant in harsh, cold desert mountains with gravelly soils all over the state. These photos were taken in Lebec, but there’s a lot of this plant in the Sierras. If anyone is growing this around Sacramento –…

Got Dirt? Want to know more about it?

Sometimes you really need to know about your dirt. Maybe your plants aren’t happy, or maybe you feel they could be happier. There’s only one answer: spend the money and test your soil. Typically, you get an agronomic (or garden) soil analysis that tells you what’s in your soil, if there’s not enough of something…

Oak Trees Beware: Foamy Bark Canker

There’s a new oak-killer in town: Foamy Bark Canker and its accomplice, the Western Oak Bark Beetle. Together, they’re wiping out trees along the coast, and the scourge has moved into the foothills, attacking interior live oaks. You can see pictures and read all about this new menace in this pdf file. The other scourge…

California aster

California Aster

California Aster (Symphyotrichum chilense). Herbaceous perennial. These plants have their good side and their not so good side. The not so good is invasiveness:¬†with water, they spread aggresively, zooming all over the garden. The good is that butterflies love them, they’re easy to grow, and they bloom September – October, months not generally associated with…

Calycanthus occidentalis

We’re now on Facebook!

We’re now on Facebook, allowing us to communicate more often whenever we want. Sacramento California Native Garden Club Page Sacramento Valley California Native Plant Club (group) We can use the group to keep in touch, and the page to communicate ideas to the general public. We can already to that here, but if you already…