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Why Aren’t Pacific Coast Used More in Landscapes? Like a Lot More?
Why Aren’t Pacific Coast Used More in Landscapes? Like a Lot More?– By Bob Sussman (While this article is somewhat long and more than a bit sarcastic in a few places, the point is that these are easy to grow[…]
Trip to the Santa Barbara Botanical Delayed!!!!!
WE’LL NEED TO RESCHEDULE OR VISIT, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS IT’S CLOSED. I’LL POST WHEN THEY’VE REOPENED ….JUST THE WAY IT IS. (If your interested email me and I’ll put you on our list so if anything changes I can[…]
Shipping Pacific Coast Irises- mixed colors & some selections!
Shipping Pacific Coast Irises from our nursery to your garden! (please note minimum order size for all mail order business $30 of plants) We now have a few of each of the following at $9 each. And a few more[…]
A Class: Gardening with Native Plants – I’ll do my best!
The class is now closed. A Class: Gardening with Native Plants – I’ll do my best! (the update- as of 12/2 14 people have signed up. The class closes at 20. You can register up until the day of[…]
Milkweed and the Evil Yellow Aphids!
Milkweed and the Evil Yellow Aphids! Bob Sussman 7/23/19 This is the time our year your native milkweed plants should be growing quickly and waiting for the fall arrival of the monarch butterflies (and queen butterflies too). All is easy[…]
California natives you can plant in summer and Bloom!
California natives you can plant in summer that will Bloom! Bob Sussman 7/11/19 Yes it’s summer and the beautiful spring flowering native garden is well, in need of help. The temps are heating up and the spent flowers may[…]
The Best Pacific Coast Iris New Blooms for 2019
The Best Pacific Coast Iris New Blooms for 2019- Bob Sussman We wait all year to see what will the new first blooms look like on the pacific coast irises we crossed two years ago. Two years is a long[…]
The Great Escape – monarch butterfly!
In southern California, especially not far from the coast we get a short monarch butterfly mating season as they break their dormancy and fly north.Take a look as this one just “broke jail”. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=891514434525877 Off he goes and yes[…]
Harvesting Pacific Coast Iris Seeds from our Crosses
Harvesting Pacific Coast Iris Seeds from our Crosses, Bob Sussman, 5/31/2019 Every year as soon as the first two different pacific coast irises go into bloom we begin our “crosses”. This is a process where we collect the pollen from[…]
Why My Showy Milkweed-Asclepias speciosa-Won’t Bloom?
Why My Showy Milkweed-Asclepias speciosa Won’t Bloom? Bob Sussman 5/13/19 A real scientific explanation or, we’ll more likely “even a blind chicken finds a kernel now and then.” For several years we’ve grown a variety milkweed plants (Asclepias)[…]