Transforming this front yard into a wildlife garden brought a lot of color to the neighborhood. It now feeds pollinating insects, hummingbirds and other small birds.Read More Bringing the ‘burbs to life
Nothing brings home the fact that we’ve received a lot of rain this year like a walk along the American River, where we find our usual plein air painting spots completely underwater. Officially, we’re still in a drought. All the water in the photographs is headed for the sea; it’s already likely passed through several […]Read More Water!
As the California asters come into bloom, flocks of butterflies stop by for a meal.Read More Here come the butterflies!
California Dutchman’s Pipe flowers putting on a show in late January.Read More It’s pipevine time again!
California’s drought replaces regular water with bare creek beds and depleted reservoirs. For small birds, staying clean and hydrated can be a challenge. Here’s how to help them out. Designing a water feature for birds transforms a decorative garden feature into a survival aid. With food and water available in the same area, small birds save […]Read More Water the birds, too
After summer’s growth, the asters have come into flower, bringing clouds of hungry butterflies. This is when the meadow is tallest, where it starts looking wild and unkempt. Asters arc in all directions, visited by multiple species of butterflies: skippers, buckeyes, blues, sulfurs… Beneath the asters, native goldenrod blooms following earlier waves of flowers now […]Read More The meadow at it’s messiest: butterfly paradise
Attracting hummingbirds to a garden requires a few simple design elements to create an area they can call home (when they’re not migrating). Their needs are simple enough: water, food and shelter. There’s nothing like having breakfast outdoors while hummingbirds buzz around the garden. In the summer, it will need to be an early breakfast, […]Read More Six requirements for a successful hummingbird garden
Removing lawn is a good thing if you live in an area where water is limited. You’ll save on your water bill, avoid breathing dust and smog from a mower and gain more color and interest. Here are some things to consider when removing your lawn to conserve water and create a more sustainable landscape. […]Read More Five things to consider when removing your lawn
Imagine every yard with at least some habitat designed in: food plants for bees and butterflies, berries for birds, a variety of plants for foraging. Looking at the typical suburb in a satellite photo, you might notice the dominant plant type: lawn. It might be a great place to play from time to time, but […]Read More Got Birds? How to bring nature back into your outdoor environment
California Dutchman’s pipe vines flower in winter, feed caterpillars and are native to California. Interesting flowers, easy care and ecological benefits, all in one easy to grow plant!Read More Not just for the butterflies: California Dutchman’s Pipe