California poppies

Succulent Extravaganza Recap

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Succulents

See the seahorse? It's sempervivums planted in vertical panels. This was one of many lovely and unusual sights at the second annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery in Castroville, CA last week. A terrace at the nursery is planted with Agave 'Blue Glow' (foreground) and Agave 'Blue Flame' (background). One-third of my forthcoming book, [...]

Companion Plants for Succulents

– Posted in: Garden Design, Succulents

  At this month's Succulent Extravaganza, Sept. 28 and 29 at Succulent Gardens near San Francisco, I'll be speaking about companion plants for succulents that vary from ground covers to trees. Many grow in my own garden near San Diego. Two examples are above: orange California poppies (an annual) and blue fescue, a perennial that [...]

The Flora of Rancho La Puerta

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Kudos to designer Sara Livia Brightwood for her work at Rancho La Puerta fitness resort and spa in Tecate, Baja California (just across the border from San Diego). The  world-class resort, in a drought-prone region, is a model for low-water landscape-design. For example, fields seeded with poppies and lupines. I was there when the aloes were in bloom. Massing them really makes an impact. [...]

California Poppies in my Garden

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

I love the way California poppies undress before they debut, their satiny orange petals held in place by cone-shaped, diaphanous robes. Or maybe those are hats? In spring, poppies sashay in drifts through my Southern CA garden, wearing tea-length, glossy satin gowns. Poppies reseed on their own, so I never know exactly where they'll appear. [...]