top: it seems all the flowers on this sloping meadow lean in to admire Verbascum olympicum, Hillsborough.

above: pink Oenothera and lavender Nepeta soften a collection of succulents, Ashbury Heights.

below: a friendly rivalry between clusters of purple verbena and trumpets of orange-red epilobium waken a late summer sidewalk bed, Duboce Triangle.

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November 2017

Fall is the best time to plant. We get to take advantage of a longer warm season, followed (hopefully) by moisturizing Winter rains. I'll be doing plenty of garden overhaul right at home, to counteract damage from The Summer of Hate of Endless Construction Projects.

But first, a question. Would you like to explore a more natural approach to garden design, one that values plants, not as yard decorations but as food for bees, butterflies, birds and the soul? Would you like your garden to reflect and harmonize with this unique part of the world?

If so, you've come to the right place.

My goal is to artfully bring Nature into your garden, in a way that respects the Earth in general, and the Bay Area specifically.
I welcome you to sit in front of a large computer screen and wander about the Garden Together site for some inspiration.

news... as I type, the North Bay fires is the big local news item, please do what you can to help our neighbors... Garden Together's new section
seeds has a growing list of the gardens I visited since last August, including Sissinghurst and Great Dixter and California's Western Hills ... in the same section you can also find California Cottage, the first of my essays on gardening (below are two visual examples of the essay).


November 11  10am - 1pm  Strybing's End of Season plant sale  - October's sale was cancelled due to the North Bay fires, so if you can't wait until November, visit their daily plant sale near the bookstore. 


'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