The Great Big Native Plant Sale of Fall 2014

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!

Foothill penstemon

Foothill penstemon

Utilitarian but elegant…

Juncus

Juncus

Bring on the bugs and birds…

Black sage

Black sage

Starts slow but gets big…

Holly-leaf cherry

Holly-leaf cherry

DEPENDABLE VETERANS

Everyone loves the h-bird sage

Hummingbird sage

Hummingbird sage

Monarchs love milkweed

Narrow-leaf milkweed

Narrow-leaf milkweed

The best bug attractor of them all:

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Big and fast growing

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

Pink flowers all summer long

Bush mallow

Bush mallow

The fall bloomer

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

ODDS AND ENDS

Only a few monkeyflowers survived the summer

Sticky monkeyflower

Sticky monkeyflower

Replace your lawn

White yarrow

White yarrow

Get there early for a ceanothus

Hairy ceanothus

Hairy ceanothus

Poisonous beauty

Jimson weed

Jimson weed

Be kind to your backyard birds

Elderberry

Elderberry

And don’t forget the wildflower mix.  Poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes, tidy tips, goldfields, clarkia and more!  See you Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to The Great Big Native Plant Sale of Fall 2014

  1. robingerber says:

    where is the sale located?

    Robin Gerber 301-717-2389 http://www.robingerber.com robin@robingerber.com

    • ojairambler says:

      Do you mean you don’t want to blindly wander the Ojai Valley looking for it?? Sorry.. Besant Road right near the Ranch House in Ojai, I’ll have signs up that morning. I’ll clarify the post right now…

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