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Friday, February 10, 2017

Lots of Rain in 2017

December, January and now February have been very wet. See the data above, measured at Heritage Creek Preserve on campus, to appreciate how different this year is.

We can expect more radical climate patterns in the future.  So the last 5 year's drought - and this year's rain - are becoming the new normal.   Visit Heritage Creek, and the native plant gardens on campus, to see how well the California natives are coping with climate change. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rain and Sun in Heritage Creek

The rains in Heritage Creek have stimulated many plants back to life .  Sun after the rain brings out many local creatures.  Come sit awhile and enjoy a bit of nature on campus.



Northern Mockingbird surveys his territory.
 
Native rabbits are busy eating the new grass and cheeseweed.


Hedgerow has plants in flower and fruit - lots of birds and bees.
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Gardener's Thanksgiving







Thanks and praise for winter rains.
Drought reminds us to treasure, whatever Nature can spare. 

Thanks and praise for emerging seedlings.
Each one a tiny miracle, hope for the year to come. 

Thanks and praise for new spring foliage.
Our spirit needs the fresh green color – our bodies, the sustenance. 

Thanks and praise for native wildflowers.
Their beauty quickens the heart; they are truly gifts to gladden the soul. 

Thanks and praise for warm days of May,
Encouraging plants to grow, enticing us into the fragrant garden. 

Thanks and praise for the fogs of June.
They bring magic to the garden, providing water for thirsty plants. 

Thanks and praise for Mother Nature’s pollinators.
From hummingbirds to the smallest bees, they safeguard the precious cycle of life. 

Thanks and praise for the ripening harvest of summer.
The fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds - food for all the garden’s creatures (including us). 

Thanks and praise for the dry winds of September.
They cleanse the garden, ushering in the tranquility of the dormant season. 

Thanks and praise for the dormant season.
The golds and browns rest the eye, providing a calm background for busy lives. 

Thanks and praise for the creatures of fall.
Insects, migrant birds and countless wee beings, each filling their niche in the life of the garden.  

Thanks and praise for our many human friends.
Their hard work, suggestions, love and donations - an evolving inspiration throughout the year.
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fall Native Plant Sale - November 18 & 19


Fall Native Plant Sale  

 


  When:   Friday 11/18  - 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
               Saturday 11/19 - 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Where: Biology Dept. Greenhouse (behind NSM building; http://nativeplantscsudh.blogspot.com/p/map.html )

    What:  CA native plants suitable for home
               gardens (trees, shrubs, flowers)

     Prices: $4.00 - $10.00 donation/plant (a deal!)
Proceeds support native plant propagation/restoration
                   on campus  -  Cash/checks only

 
For an annotated plant list see: http://nativeplantscsudh.blogspot.com/p/plants-available-pring-2014-plant-sale.html


Plant List –  Fall CSUDH – November 18, 19
 

#
Sent
Common Name
Scientific Name
Notes
Reterned
1 gallon and larger shrubs/trees and woody vines - $8.00
2
 
Marsh baccharis
Baccharis douglasii
 
 
4
 
Coyote bush
Baccharis pilularis
 
 
3
 
Mule fat
Baccharis salicifolia
 
 
2
 
*Western redbud
Cercis orbiculata/ occidentalis
 
 
12
 
CA bush sunflower
Encelia californica
 
 
2
 
Mock heather
Ericameria ericoides
 
 
6
 
*Rabbitbush
Ericameria nauseosa
 
 
4
 
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
 
 
2
 
Laurel sumac
Malosma laurina
 
 
4
 
Catalina cherry
Prunus ilicifolia
 
 
4
 
Coast live oak
Quercus agrifolia - $10.00
 
 
 
 
Lemonadeberry
Rhus integrifolia
 
 
4
 
Blue elderberry
Sambucus nigra cerulea
 
 
7
 
Wild grape
Vitis girdiana
 
 
1 gallon perennials/sub-shrubs - $7.00
3
 
Western columbine
Aquilegia formosa
 
 
5
 
Sticky cinquefoil
Drymocallis (Potentilla) glandulosa
 
 
1
 
Narrowleaf bedstraw
Galium angustifolium
 
 
6
 
Telegraph plant
Heterotheca grandiflora
 
 
6
 
Sweetscent
Pluchea odorata
 
 
2
 
Feltleaf everlasting
Pseudognaphalium canescens
 
 
2
 
Willow dock
Rumex salicifolius
 
 
3
 
Shrubby butterweed
Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii
 
 
8
 
Bee plant
Scrophularia californica
 
 
1 gallon herbaceous groundcovers - $7.00
3
 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolia
 
 
8
 
Yerba santa
Anemopsis californica
 
 
1
 
Mugwort
Artemisia douglasiana
Large pot - $8.00
 
2
 
Salty susan
Jaumea carnosa
 
 
14
 
Blue-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium bellum
 
 
3
 
CA wood mint
Stachys bullata
 
 
12
 
* Pacific aster
Symphyotrichum chilense
(Aster chilensis)
 
 
1 gallon perennial succulents/bulbs - $7.00
4
 
*Shaw’s agave
Agave shawii
 
 
4
 
*Douglas’ iris
Iris douglasii
 
 
7
 
* Banana yucca
Yucca bacata
 
 
1 gallon grasses/sedges/rushes/cattails - $7.00
8
 
*Dune sedge
Carex pansa
 
 
 
 
Clustered field sedge
Carex praegracilis
 
 
12
 
*Showy sedge
Carex spectabilis
 
 
2
 
Common scouring rush
Equisetum hyemale
 
 
4
 
Mexican rush
Juncus mexicanus
 
 
4
 
California rush
Juncus patens
 
 
6
 
Basket Rush
Juncus textilis
 
 
10
 
Creeping wildrye
Leymus triticoides
 
 
6
 
Small Cattail
Typha angustifolia
 
 
Small pots: trees, shrubs and sub-shrubs - $5.00
4
 
CA bush sunflower
Encelia californica
 
 
10
 
Dune Buckwheat
Eriogonum parvifolium
 
 
15
 
*Rabbitbush
Ericameria nauseosa
 
 
Small pots: perennials /biennials - $5.00
10
 
* Rosy Buckwheat
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
 
 
12
 
Coastal gumplant
Grindelia hirsutula
 
 
10
 
Telegraph plant
Heterotheca grandiflora
 
 
6
 
*Seaside alumroot
Heuchera pilosissima
 
 
2
 
Red monkeyflower
Mimulus cardinalis
 
 
8
 
Hooker’s Primrose
Oenothera elate hookeri
 
 
20+
 
Blue-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium bellum
 
 
Small pots: perennial succulents - $5.00
4
 
* Banana yucca
Yucca bacata
 
 
Small pots: groundcovers - $5.00 or 5 for $20.00
10
 
Fog fruit/Lippia
Phyla nodiflora
 
 
6
 
* Pacific aster
Symphyotrichum chilense
(Aster chilensis)
 
 
Small pots: grasses/sedges/rushes/cattails - $5.00
4
 
California rush
Juncus patens
 
 
8
 
Creeping wildrye
Leymus triticoides
 
 
 

* CA native, but not native to South Bay