Late Summer Bloomers: California Fuchsias

Late summer bloomers never fail to amaze and impress me – and perhaps this year more than most. What reserves are these plants drawing on after these many years of drought and heat? The shimmering late summer grasses, the deep… Continue Reading


Late Summer Beauty of Buckwheats

It’s August. Drought or no drought, August is hot and dry in interior northern California and in most cases, our gardens are looking a little…worn, a little worse for the wear of our long, hot, dry summers. Every gardener I… Continue Reading


Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies of the field – and those of the home garden. Heralds of summer and heat, they are trumpets of abundance, turk’s caps of beauty. Abundant in color, size and blooms. You can press your face into theirs… Continue Reading

Scented, Splendid Salvia in the North State Garden

Despite what feels like many weeks of rain (snow in the high country) and gray weather lingering into late spring this year, I am deeply gratified by those plants in my garden that are flourishing regardless. Some of these plants,… Continue Reading