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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!!! On Saturday, June 15th we’ll be having a “hands on” seed propagation class. The class will start at 2:30 and run for about an hour. I’ll be there as long as anyone has questions.[…]
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.[…]
“Mixed” Pacific Coast Irises?
“Mixed” Pacific Coast Irises? By Bob Sussman We have a large inventory of pacific coast irises that we refer to as “mixed”. What in the world do that mean? We’ll there are between 11 and 13 pacific coast iris species[…]
Creating a Meadow Garden – Revisited
Creating a Meadow Garden- By Bob Sussman 12/5/2018 A meadow by definition is sort of a landscape of low growing plants that provide a wide field of vision, in other words the plants are generally shorter than 2’ (+/-). Other[…]
Time to Divide Your Pacific Coast Irises – How To
Time to Divide Your Pacific Coast Irises – How To! Bob Sussman 10/24/18 If you’ve done any gardening you know there’s a “right time of year for everything” and I might add a wrong time too. In Southern California this[…]
Good Parents Make Good Children?
Good Parents Make Good Children? Sometimes. Bob Sussman One of our/my more fun activities at the nursery is to hybridize pacific coast irises. It’s easy to do just a very long wait to see the results. Generally the more interesting[…]
Pacific Coast Irises Growing and Hybridizing for Fun!
Pacific Coast Irises Growing and Hybridizing for Fun! Bob Sussman 7/13/18 (Many of the new irises shown below won’t be ready for several years- however many beautiful ones will be ready next early winter – they are currently in protective[…]
Chocolate Daisies for Your Garden!!!!
Chocolate Daisies for Your Garden!!! – Bob Sussman 6/6 Chocolate daisies or Berlanderia lyrata- natives of our southwest and northern Mexico get their name because they do give off a very strong chocolate fragrance.They grow well in Southern California gardens[…]