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Winter Weather and Yellowing Leaves

Healthy leaf (top) and leaf suffering from iron chlorosis (bottom)

A stroll through your garden of late may have revealed some plants with yellowing foliage. There are several possible causes, but iron chlorosis, a condition in which a plant deficient in iron cannot produce sufficient chlorophyll, is common at...

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:55 AM
  • Author: Nadia Zane

Why Water-Wise Gardens Look Different

California Fuchsia blooms in summer and attracts many pollinators such as this Valley Carpenter Bee

At a local nursery this past fall, I was excited to find a robust selection of water-wise plants, a reflection of this rapidly expanding market. Another interesting phenomenon, related to me by a nursery employee, was a little less exciting:...

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5:49 AM
  • Author: Nadia Zane

Celebrating California's Native Bees

Male valley carpenter bee (Xylocarpa varipuncta) on Salvia leucantha (KATHY IKEDA/COURTESY PHOTO)

The word “bee” usually brings to mind an image of a honeybee, but let's also remember the invaluable contributions and amazing diversity of our lesser-known native bee species. Of course, honeybees and their hives are familiar sights in our...

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 3:42 PM
  • Author: Kathy Ikeda

Garden Gold: Changing Waste Into Resource

Compost is a great way to recycle organic matter back into your garden

This time of year finds us cleaning up the garden and throwing away the trimmings without ceremony or thought. This predilection we humans have of creating waste and then wanting it to “going away” has had dire consequences for our planet....

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 8:05 AM
  • Author: Nadia Zane

Native Succulents for Water-Wise Gardens

Coast dudleya (Dudleya caespitosa)

Some California native plants, such as our brilliant orange poppies, bring instant recognition. Less well-known are our native succulents, the Dudleyas. Mostly found on coastal bluffs and rocky outcroppings throughout California, these highly...

Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 5:02 AM
  • Author: Nadia Zane

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