See our new page (left) for what's currently available at our native plant nursery on campus.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Garden of Dreams is located on the northeast corner of Parking Lot 1 - just east of the Child Development Center. It's just beyond the large hedge of Mule Fat along the sidewalk. The garden features local native plants and there's something blooming most of the time. It's quiet and peaceful - a great place to just sit, watch the birds and butterflies and relax. There are several places to sit in the garden.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Did you know that some California native plants are edible? For more see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2013/03/california-gourmet-recipes-for-native.html
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
|California Bush Sunflower (Encelia californica) blooming in the Heritage Creek Nature Preserve on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus|
The yellow sunflower that's in full bloom right now is California Bush Sunflower, Encelia californica. This local native shrub is one of our early spring bloomers; it can flower all the way through spring in some years. California Encelia is very drought tolerant - the plants at Heritage Creek Preserve (above) are never watered. They become dormant in summer, then re-leaf each year with the rains.
To learn more about California Encelia see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2013/03/plant-of-month-march-california-bush.html
For a gardening sheet on this plant see: http://www.nbs.csudh.edu/biology/projectsound/native_plants/gallery_e.shtml
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentis) |
annual lupine native to CSUDH campus
If you like lupines, you've got to see the patch of Arroyo Lupines blooming now in the Garden of Dreams (see 'Map - Native Plants at CSUDH' for directions). They are just spectacular this year.
To learn more about Arroyo Lupines see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2012/03/plant-of-month-arroyo-succulent-lupine.html
|Chaparral Currant (Ribes malvaceum) is loaded with blooms. This plant|
is a favorite of hummingbirds - and has edible berries
Friday, February 15, 2013
|Frost damage on white-foliaged Catalina Silverlace (Constancea [Eriophyllum] nevinii). Note drooping branch-tips|
and leaves, as well as gray-brown discoloration. This picture is about 5 weeks after a frost event.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Soil is truly a garden’s foundation. Plants obtain water and many nutrients from the soil – and interact with soil organisms. Soil conditions may also limit the types of plants you can grow successfully. The more you know about the characteristics of your soil, the better you can match plants and watering methods to your unique soil conditions.
Urban soils – including those in our gardens - are more complex than native soils. In fact, urban soils are among the most difficult to classify – and work with – of any soils world-wide. Learn more at http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2012/09/getting-to-know-your-gardens-soil-urban.html
Because soil is so important, it pays to take a little time to get to know your soil’s characteristics. Fortunately, there are several easy, inexpensive soil tests that can tell you a lot about your soil. For more on soil testing: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2012/10/getting-to-know-your-gardens-soil.html
A visit to the local gardening center can be a confusing experience; there are so many different soil amendment products available! All of them cost money and require time and effort to use. So, what’s a sensible approach to soil amendments and fertilizers? See: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2012/11/getting-to-know-your-gardens-soil-soil.html
A soil perc test tells you whether your soil drains quickly, slowly or somewhere in between. Depending on your results, you may decide to select appropriate plants based on their drainage needs. Alternatively, you may choose to alter the drainage of parts of your garden. As always, your gardening choices are unique to your own situation. For more about working with and improving soil drainage see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2012/12/getting-to-know-your-gardens-soil.html
A soil in good condition for growing crops, garden vegetables and other plants is said to have ‘good tilth’. It has the proper soil structure and nutrients to support healthy plant growth. Good farmers and gardeners aspire to have soil with good tilth. To learn more about soil tilth and the soil ecosystem see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2013/01/getting-to-know-your-gardens-soil.html