SoCaLNativescapes Photos

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SoCaLNativescapes Photos

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Photo 1

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  SoCaL Coastal Floristic Province plantscape, in cottage floral Habitat Style, spring 2017, six years after installation with a select group of the faster growing species chosen from this region, with many being endemic to the Southern California & Northern Baja islands, extending from around Santa Barbara copunty to central Baja.  All species occur natively(without human assistance) within a mile of the ocean, though the ranges of most extend much further inland, variously.

Plants taxa in photo include:  Eriogonum giganteum, Eriogonum arborescens, Eriogonum grande rubescens, Camissoniopsis bistorta, Stipa lepida (bunch grass), Dendromecon harfordii(Island Bush Poppy), Brahea edulis (Guadalupe Island Palm), Toyon, Malva assurgentiflora, Dudleya species, Constancea nevinii, Leptosyne maritima, Leptosyne gigantea.

Photo below shows a local native cave-burrowing ground dwelling bee feeding on Red Buckwheat (Eriogonum grande rubescens) flower nectar and pollen, plus another bee-like insect on the yellow Suncup flower (Camissoniopsis bistorta) in the upper right of the photo, both of which are in the nativve-plant yard composition at left,.. and the bees and related are actively out and about in the yard from somtime in spring into autumn:

Notice the little cave-burrows (at least four from left to center lower front) in the lower quarter of the photo on the ground, which are made by the bee species on the Red Buckwheat flower shown in the picture above.  This photo is in the middle of the property along the path.  The yellow flower bush is Island Bush Poppy, the dry strands are mostly the grass Stipa lepida, and some debris of Tarweed (Deinandra fasciculata):

Hooded Oriole (bright yellow male shown) shown on a palm frond of the Guadalupe palm in this native plantscape shown in the various photos of this plantscape.  The Orioles next on the inner-sides of the palm fronds, and have baby-chicks.  The Orioles come every spring and stay through July.  It's delightful having them, along with the other birds, butterflies, bees, and such.

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Photo 2

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  Spring 2012, Southern California cottage floral habitat style garden, one year after installation.   Sandy-loam soil was entirely churned down about 8 to 10 inches and graded, in April 2011, then planted right away.

Photo below, May 28, 2013, two years after installation:

Photo below, June 5, 2013:

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Photo 3

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  Southern California coastal native plants cottage floral habitat style garden.   Photo at left and right, spring 2017, photo below at right side of bush in picture shown at left.  Click to enlarge photo at left.

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Photo 4

Click on photo at left to enlarge  June 2017, six years after installation.   Southern California islands natives and coastal mainland natives.  Pt. Loma.


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Photo 5

Spring 2012, one year after installation.  Photo above is red Keckiella cordifolia at left, yellow Mimulus aurantiacus at right, Dendromecon rigida behind Mimulus, Prunus lyonii in middle, yellow flowers at left are Camissonia cheiranthifolia, white flowers at left aare Eriogonum giganteum, yellow 'spot' of a couple flowers at left in distance are Dendromecon harfordii, at lleft and right in background in yard are deep pink Lavatera assurgentiflora.

Photo at left which can be opened up, is pink Eriogonum grande rubescens at front, Camissonia bistorta behind, young yellow Dendromecon harfordii at right, Dudleya brittonii in back left center, more yellow Camissonia bistorta at left background, Camissonia cheiranthifolia at left by light, and foreground of green jeep cherokee car, Eriogonum giganteum in front of red car at left, yellow Dendromecon harfordii at background right, blue Leymus condensatus 'canyon prince' grass at right, orange-red Mimulus aurantiacus by mailbox tree stump left center, white flowers at right are Calystegia macrostegia 'anacapa pink'(a california morning glory).

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Photo 6

The click-on photo at left is July 2012, a bit over a year from planting time.  Photos below are in 2017, 5 years later:  July above, May below.

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Photo 7

Click on photo at left to enlarge.   Early June 2017.

 Late August 2017, 2 1/2 months after photo immediately above, showing seasonal changes, all in good health, in picture below.

Photo below, March 13, 2018:

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Photo 8

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Early April, 2017, 2 months prior to the the #7 photo group above.   6 years after initial installation.  Pt. Loma/OB.   Lavender-purplish flowers in middle are Mirabils californica/laevis.    Dendromecon harfordii at left, draped with Calystegia microstegia 'anacapa pink'. Yellow daisies in back at right are Leptosyne gigantea.  Daisies in front at left are Leptosyne maritima.   The silvery growth is a combination of Eriogonum grande rubescens (small), Eriogonum giganteum (larger), and Cryptantha clevelandii in front of mailbox in center of photo.

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Photo 9

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  Early June, 2017, 6 years after initial installation.  Showing seasonal change two months later compared to the photo above.   The low growing yellow flowers are a combination of Camissonia bistorta and Deinandra fasciculata.  The rouge flowers are Eriogonum grande-rubescens.   The silvery foliaged plant to the right of center, with yellow flower spikes(faintly visible in the photo grain), is Constancea nevinii.


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Photo 10

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  San Diego natives plantscape/landscape.   Spring 2017, photos at left and immediately below, 3 years after initial installation.

Spring 2018 in photo below, four years after installation:

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Photo 11

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  3 + years after installation.  Linda Vista, late spring 2017 in photo at left (click on), and, photos below are early-mid winter 2017.  The grass is Stipa lepida, and along with shrubs of Laurel Sumac and Lemonade Berry to the left, some Jojoba behind the grass, and Buckwheat bush and Dendromecon harfordi / Bush Poppy on the right, and with other regional natives in the background in the yard.   Del Mar Manzanita bushes are in the right mid-area of the two photos below.   Photo at bottom is in early January, photo immediately below is in February, both 2017, three years after installation.

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Photo 12

New design-install, September 2012, composed of already existing decades old Liquidambar trees at right back, and young plants of Mission Manzanita, Del Mar Manzanita, Lemonade Berry, San Diego/flat-top Buckwheat, Stipa lepida(grass), Epilobium californicum,  and Juncus patens (rush).   No irrigation system, just occasional hand watering is intended.   Photos below are July and August 2013.

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Photo 13

Perspective from front door.  Boulders and flagstones from KRC Rock. 

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Photo 14

Other perspective. 

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Photo 15

Rock-creek work by Advanced Waterscapes.   I did the plantscape composition, with all local regional natives, which are the following:   Eriogonum fasciculatum(local buckwheat bush), Laural Sumac, Toyon, Lemonade Berry, Jojoba, Epilobium canum, Bergerocactus emoryi, Dudleya edulis, Dudleya lanceolata, Dudleya brittonii(northern Baja Norte native, nearly the same habitat community as San Diego; the only one not native to San Diego used in the composition not counting the pre-existing Aleppo pines and iceplant in background).

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Photo 16

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  April 2013, SoCaL islands composition, primarily.  Pt. Loma/OB.

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Photo 17

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  Early June, 2013, two months after the photo immediately above.  Southern California islands plantscape/landscape.   The three (here) island Eriogonums are in bloom, plus plenty of yellow Camissonia bistorta, some white flowered Calystegia macrostegia, and the brownish 'flowers' beneath the Brahea edulis (palm species) is Leptosyne gigantea.

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Photo 18

Click on photo at left to enlarge.  Spring 2018 new install, in San Carlos neighborhood, near Cowles Mtn.  photo taken in August.   Decomposed granite pathways are of 'stabilized DG', with composite bender board for the edging, and large flagstone 'bridge' which is reinforced with three length-wise 3/4'' metal pipes and twe end edge-length pipes, on at each end of the flagstone, with two metal-screw crimps to hold the pipes together at each crossover on each end.    Surrounding mature vegetation/shrubs were pre-existing.   The San Diego natives which are planted are here include:    one Xylococcus (Mission Manzanita), one Quercus dumosa (Scrub Oak), Salvia/Sage (some are hybrids), Mirabilis laevis, Trichostemma lanatum, Epilobium californicum, Toyon, Eriogonum fasciculatum, Sisyrinchium bellum, and Bahiopsis lanatum.    The mulch used is a light layer of the 2'' Mulch from Miramar landfill, bout 50% coverage density in general, about 3/4'' thick.   The rocks used are from KRC Rock, Lakeside,  -  three different rock types were used.  One type is a mixed cobble stone, another type is mixed jagged, and the third type is the larger/largest boulders.   This composition has pretty darn good naturlistic habitat style character.

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Photo 19

Click on photo at left to enlarge.   Photo at left is June 2020, the following two photos are July and September 2020.   Southern California islands endemics emphasis plantscape, two blocks from the ocean, 9 years after planting.  Palm planted in 1970 at already 20 years of age.   July 2020:Late September 2020:

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Photo 20

 Click on photo at left to enlarge.   Spring 2020.  Showing Island Cherry, Summer Holly, and Bush Poppy.  Aka Prunus ilic. lyonii, Comarostaphylis div. div., and Dendromecon rigida.

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