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A Distribution of Flower Children from the Same Parents
A Distribution of Flower Children from the Same Parents- Bob Sussman (Hardly a scientific peer reviewed article, maybe better) A little over 10 years ago, thanks to a visit from Dr. Richard Richards I learned how to cross or hybridize[…]
Lots Milkweed …Pick Your Favorite (Native)
Lots Milkweed …Pick Your Favorite (Native)- Bob Sussman Every year the monarchs come to our region, southern California to mate in both spring and again in fall. They lay their eggs on the various milkweed plants in the wild areas[…]
Preparing for Fall – Pacific Coast Iris Production
Preparing for fall pacific coast iris production– Bob @ Matilija Nursery This is the time of year when we clean up our pacific coast irises in their “big” pots and take a good inventory, so we can see what to[…]
Growing Humboldt Lilies-Not Overnight!
Growing Humboldt Lilies- Not Overnight! Humbolt lilies are among the most beautiful of the California natives right up there with matilija poppies and pacific coast irises. Had to mention both of these as one can understand we grow a lot[…]
Can I Plant Matilija Poppies Now? June…
Can I Plant Matilija Poppies Now? June….Bob Sussman It’s not surprising that every year when the poppies go into full bloom that’s the time when we sell more than any other time of year. You can’t get a better advertisement[…]
Think Fall and the Monarchs
Think Fall and the Monarchs When you are planting in your garden don’t think about so much what’s flowering but rather what will be flowering? Things like California fuchsia, Mountain Mint, and, and, what about the monarchs? Of all the[…]
We’re Beginning Our “Crosses” , Matilija Bob
We’re Beginning Our Pacific Coast Iris Crosses, Matilija Bob We’re beginning our pacific coast iris crosses. Creating new crosses depends on various goals for our new flowers. By crossing early bloomers with some of the others you hope to get[…]
Conejo Audubon Bird Friendly Garden Tour-Bob’s House!
This year the Conejo Valley Audubon Bird Friendly Garden Tour has gone digital. Our garden will start with a short video and several panorama “stills” and close up stills. Ah, how long did the garden take to finish? Anyone that[…]
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[…]