Native Here News
Annuals are coming up in the nursery! Contribute to your garden’s color by grabbing a four-inch pot with lots of seedlings for only 5 dollars. We have annual lupines, blow-wives, Chinese houses, and others. If these annuals are happy and have special pollinator friends, they will likely re-seed for the coming year as well. Even though it is a dry wet-season, this is a good time to stake your claim to the more in-demand species, such as manzanita and ceanothus, many of which will become available as they root from cuttings. Be sure to check the nursery website, www.nativeherenursery.org, for an inventory updated at the beginning of each month.
Although the West is in a heavy drought, we are continuing to use the same minimal and direct watering techniques at the nursery that Charli Danielsen championed. Since I have the privilege of frequently being at the nursery, I am able to watch the dry brown buds swell and burst into new vibrant green leaves and sprays of flowers. This is a special time to be among our local plants.
We will be participating in this year’s Bringing Back the Natives Tour, which will require extra volunteer support during the weekend of May 3rd-4th, when we will be open each day from 10am – 5pm. That Saturday we will also have a talk on “Losing Your Lawn” by our friends at the Bay Friendly Coalition, followed by The Possum Family Singers playing Americana/Bluegrass tunes in the nursery.
Come to the 2014 Plant Fair planning meeting Saturday, Feb 15th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. We will discuss the content of this year’s annual EBCNPS mega get-together, which has historically raised significant funds for the Chapter. Please contribute your ideas and volunteer role preference via email to email@example.com if you are not able to attend the meeting. Although the nursery has two employees for a total of 30 hours per week the vast majority of what the nursery accomplishes is due to our dedicated volunteers.
Are you interested in learning some of the important botanical terms to describe our wonderful flora? Join us for the third Sunday workshop on February 16th, Botanical Nomenclature in the Garden: an Introduction to the Nameology of Pretty Green Things, $15 for CNPS members, $25 for non-members. This will be a helpful introduction to forthcoming workshops that will be held on the identification of especially difficult plant groups, such as grasses, sedges, and sunflowers. We will be examining, smelling, feeling, and maybe even listening to plant material, so bring a hand lens if you have one (some extras will be provided, and binoculars also work tolerably well when turned backward). www.meetup.com/ebcnps