PLANT OF THE MONTH
Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans'
Holly Leaf Mountain Lilac
This glorious hybrid Ceanothus is as attractive as it is useful. Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans' has brilliant violet flowers that start to bloom in early spring and small, holly-like leaves. It is very tough, drought tolerant and yet will tolerate heavy, clay soil. For those living in the mountains you'll be happy to note that the deer tend to stay away from this lilac. It is a great option for a hedge or barrier reaching about six feet high and with a similar spread. It will also respond well to pruning for a more formal hedge. Plant this lilac in full sun to appreciate its brilliant blooms at their best.
C. gloriosus x C. masonii introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
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to help villages in third world economies restore farms, plant trees and create local jobs.
GARDEN OF THE MONTH
Anza Borrego State Park.
Winter is a great time to visit our local desert. Hike in the relative cool, and enjoy beautiful starry skies at night. Anza Borrego State Park is one of our largest desert park areas with many hikes to choose from. First stop at the Visitor Center where there are informative exhibits plus the award-winning 15-minute film, A Year in the Desert.
A desert garden just outside the Visitor Center building provides a quick look at some of the vegetation typical of the 600,000-acre park, with the species identified. The desert garden includes a pupfish pond. Pupfish evolved from conditions during the Ice Age to today's precarious existence of fish in the desert. They are called Salton Sea pupfish, though none are left in the Sea. These pupfish can thrive in fresh water or water nearly as salty as the ocean, and they can survive temperatures from near freezing to as high as 108 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets too warm or too cold or nearly dries up, these fish burrow in the mud at the bottom of the pool. There's another pupfish pond near the Palm Canyon Trailhead in Borrego Palm Canyon Campground.
The visitor center is open 7 days a week 9:00am to 5:00pm November through April and on weekends from May through October.
Su, Abi, Adolfo, Dario, Emeterio, Maria, Mariano, Teresa and Susan
Moosa Creek Nursery