Last week while at Master Garden training at the County Fair Building in GGP we watched all day as a bunch of dudes and a very happy dog worked on this project. The dog was more of a supervisor. Wednesday morning we were greeted with an adorable new mostly native garden. Looks like they used a bunch of repurposed stuff. The front and center tree is CA native Fremontodendron californicum – California Flannelbush. We got all mushy about this guy in a post back in May at the end of our Plant ID class. I still love it. The bigger guy further back on the right is Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ “Coast silk-tassel”.
Not 100% sure what species this is, but it looks like it might be Eriogonum grande var. rubescens. I’m loving the recycled metal grating behind them.
The new garden was an exciting new topic of conversation during our class breaks. Between the morning and afternoon break a gopher got one of the plants. Maybe it didn’t have the right scale chicken wire or something. Gophers are a mega-pain-in-the-ass in our neck of the woods. According to UC-Davis’s IPM website (it rocks) you can exclude them:
“To protect existing plantings, bury hardware cloth or 3/4-inch mesh poultry wire at least 2 feet deep with an additional 6 inches of mesh or wire bent at a 90-degree angle away from the planting. This will help keep gophers from digging around the fencing boundary. Also extend the fencing at least 1 foot above ground to deter gophers moving overland. This method is not perfect, however, because persistent gophers can burrow below the wire; also, the wire can restrict and damage root growth of trees.”
The artemisia’s and arctostaphylos are adorable. On the other side of the garden there is a leucadendron of some sort and we made a positive ID on a Euphorbia myrsinites “Donkey Tail Spurge”, so it’s not purely natives. I bet the gophers will steer clear of the euphorbia. I’m looking forward to watching this new little garden grow in.