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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)[…]
Native plant …Propagation by Seed CLASS
Native Plant Propagation by Seed Class!!! Here’s a short outline so you know what we’ll be doing: I. Overview as to what we do and when. Going to to where there seed flats are planted and looking at what[…]
Trip to Santa Ana Botanic Garden to See the Irises
SPCNI Visit to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden-Bob Sussman See you all tomorrow at the entrance or just inside at 10:00. I’ll be shooting for 10:00 but given the traffic and distance there’s a fair size distribution as[…]
Matilija Bob’s California Native Plant Propagation Class!
March 23rd- Plant Propagation Class (rain may cause reschedule) A couple of cancellations – room of a couple more people but you gotta let me know. Thanks, Bob Just posted a brief course outline at the bottom- so scroll down.[…]