Succulents for Pollinators

Dudleya pulverulenta (Chalk Liveforever) Photo by Las Pilitas Nursery

Many native cacti & succulents are beneficial to pollinators.  Previously, I have written about choices for the So Cal wildlife garden that are both native & drought tolerant.  I have written about plants that stay green in the summer with little to no water. There is yet another way that So Cal wildlife gardeners can […]

Buckwheat and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly

Male-and-Female-El-Segundo-Blue-Sterba, Photo credit: Don Sterda and Friends of Ballona Wetlands

Nothing warms my heart quite like hearing the happy news that butterflies are flourishing~ somewhere.  Rarely do we get good news about our winged friends lately.  But this story is one of hope and promise! The El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is a pretty light blue butterfly that is found nowhere but in So […]

What Native Plants Will Stay Green In Summer Drought?

Coyote Brush, (Baccharis pilularis consanguinea) with Butterflies, Photo courtesy of Las Pilitas Nursery

In Southern California, we have a problem: There’s no green stuff in the summertime.  Many of our native perennial plants die back and leave you with a garden that is, well, lacking for the color green.  Most of us have this ńeed to see green in the garden, so much so that we would go […]

Watering Your Native Plant Garden

Ceanothus Celestial Blue, Drought Tolerant CA Native June Blooming, Photo credit: laspilitasnursery.com

One cannot love gardening with native plants if they up and die on you. There is nothing worse than bringing home a plant from the nursery, planting it and having it die — except perhaps having no idea what you did wrong.  Most gardeners have passed the point of killing their new plants, having had […]

Plants for Pollinators – There’s an App for That!

The Wonder of Discovery, Pollinators all Around, from Pollinator Partnership

“Butterflies delight us with their graceful flight, a flight of fancy, as if they have nothing to do and all the time in the world to do it~ ” by Kathy Vilim Taking a walk down the street, I watch as a butterfly flies past me, crossing into someone’s garden. I follow him — he’s […]

Native Plant Gardens are Alive

Butterfly Mint Bush, Monardella antonia, Photo: LasPilitasNursery, Santa Margarita, A

Okay, you have a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers.  Your garden design is well thought out. The beds wrap around your house in a pleasing way.  All of your neighbors enjoy walking past your front yard.  Yet, you feel something is missing… what could it be? This is where wildlife gardening comes in.  Add […]

Where Golden Ornaments Adorn Sycamore Trees

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) Photo credit: Las Pilitas Nursery

A glint of gold caught my eye from up in the top of a young Sycamore Tree.  “Click click” I heard a familiar call and looked closer.  It was a Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), sitting all proud in the morning sunlight.  Not in a hurry to leave that spot, he seemed to be guarding it.  […]

How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

Anna's Hummingbird visits Salvia Alpine, photo credit Las Pilitas Nursery

I put on my walking shoes and hit the pavement last weekend in Mar Vista, Southern California, where a Native Plant Garden Tour was underway around the neighborhoods there.  It was a self-guided tour, with homeowners or landscapers being available to show you what they’ve done.  Some homeowners decided to ditch their lawns. A popular […]

Fireflies in the Garden

Elkmont synchronous Fireflies, Photo Credit to Judd Patterson

  Fireflies in the Garden, a Poem by Robert Frost Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies, That though they never equal stars in size, (And they were never really stars at heart) Achieve at times a very star-like start. Only, of course, they can’t sustain […]

What’s Scaring the Wildlife?

High Voltage Power Lines Span the Countryside, photo from Kid's Brittanica

  On a recent trip to Village Nurseries in Huntington Beach, CA, my first trip to this garden center, I was surprised by its location; the nursery was located in a corridor of High Voltage Power Lines. When I inquired about it, I learned that many nurseries and Christmas tree farms rent land from the […]

Marshland Magic

Ballona Wetlands, Freshwater Marsh, Photo by Kathy Vilim, California

  Standing at the street corner, the signal light changing, I cross over CA Hwy Route 1 (locally called Lincoln Blvd) leaving behind the long line of  new vertical home construction and picking up a trail into the Ballona wetlands to the west.  Immediately, I am in another world, one of Willows & Sycamore trees, […]

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