top: it seems all the flowers on this sloping meadow lean in to admire
Verbascum olympicum, Hillsborough.
Summer is here... Winter's great big package of rain continues to show its effects: I've found trees heavy with growth and stored water, and plants in my own garden that I thought had kicked the bucket reappear. Abundance will continue to show itself with the coming wave of late Summer and Fall bloomers.
And speaking of Fall, the
best time to plant in the Bay Area, while you're out enjoying
your garden, start thinking of plants and designs you'd like to try out when Summer comes to
If so, you've come to the right place.
July 8 - 10am - pm Strybing Arboretum Monthly Plant Sale - this month features Salvias, shrubs and Fuchsias. there is no monthly sale in August, but you can always check out the daily sale at the Arbor, next to the bookstore, by the main entrance.
July 13 - 24 - various times Flower Piano - live alfesco acoustic music, one of life's underrated joys.
July 20 - 6pm - 8pm Strybing Arboretum Flower Piano Members Party - I'll be trying out the pianos this night, playing my own works. Not a member yet? Here's where to find out how to become one.
'California Cottage' incorporates a palette of drought tolerant plants, mixing compatible annuals, various California natives, succulents, grasses and select perennials. above: bold horizontal leaves of helianthus quietly anchor this airy July mix of scabiosa and verbena, Duboce Triangle. below: this Napa yard unfolds in abundant layers as the seasons progress. This photo was taken in June of 2015. (photo credit: Jeff Herwatt)
Nature continues to hand us bold reminders that we are stewards of this planet; that our actions have an impact. What kind of impact we make stems from the sum of our choices. Keep choosing well, and allow me to offer my suggestions.
Dean Ouellette 415-820-1623 email@example.com