That time of year is upon us once again my faithful few. The spring sale is noted for the brash exuberance and conspicuous vivacity of the nursery stock. Alas, spring in Ojai is not a very good time to be planting natives. Assuming a May sale you have about 1-2 months to get that plant established before the valley turns into a cauldron.
It is 106 degrees outside as I write this, but trust me, this is the time of the year to plant. While the air is starting to cool the ground is still warm from summer and the young roots start to expand. Winter rains and cool weather let the new plant get established, sending roots deep into the soil, while the foliage above seems to grow only minimally. By spring your roots are healthy and established which lets everything above ground explode. By the end of rainy season 2015 you are done watering and you have a healthy young plant which can survive the summer with only minimal assistance.
This year’s lineup features some old favorites and a few new ingenues. Will also have packets of native wildflower seed for sale. See you Saturday 9am-12 or Sunday 9am-11 if you can’t make it. As usual it is at the OVLC nursery on Besant Road in Ojai, around the corner from the Ranch House restaurant. I’ll have some signs up that morning. Here’s a link if you want to pass it on
NEW ON THE SCENE:
Rare and beautiful!
Utilitarian but elegant…
Bring on the bugs and birds…
Starts slow but gets big…
Everyone loves the h-bird sage
Monarchs love milkweed
The best bug attractor of them all:
Big and fast growing
Pink flowers all summer long
The fall bloomer
ODDS AND ENDS
Only a few monkeyflowers survived the summer
Replace your lawn
Get there early for a ceanothus
Be kind to your backyard birds
And don’t forget the wildflower mix. Poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes, tidy tips, goldfields, clarkia and more! See you Saturday.