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Autumn Foliage, Southern California Version

Leucadendron 'Ebony'  displaying Southern California's version of autumn foliage
It has finally cooled off enough to garden again here in Southern California.  I've been pulling out victims of two months of terrible heat--the Leucadendron in the above photo, as well as the Grevillea 'Royal Fanfare' which looked happy in spring but did not survive the heat.  Two choice plants.  Ouch. 
Some of the Pittosporums also suffered--one of the P. tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue's had several branches die.  I spent yesterday cutting them out. There, the center-left one.  Looks a bit better now.  There's still a few dead bits that need to come out.  
The four 'Tasman Ruffles' P. tenuifolium to the right look very bad, much worse than in the photo.  The long drought of 2011-2016 damaged them and they lost their health and beauty.  They should be lusciously dense, not scraggly.  Remove and replace with new copies?  Replace with something else?  Cut back hard, to…

Huntington Desert Garden Remodel Begins!!!!!

 Link to Youtube Video of the  

 2020 (Virtual) Huntington Succulent Symposium


Talk on the installation of the Whitelock Cycad Collection begins at Minute 7:25  (Awesome)


Talk on the Huntington Desert Garden Remodel:  begins at Minute 50:52  (Super Awesome) 



  1. I watched this "live" and it was great fun. Also made me feel better about any possible technological mishaps with my upcoming talks.

  2. Thanks, I'll check it out. Your photo is absolutely dreamy!

    1. A favorite photo, taken as the sun burned off the marine layer of high fog.

  3. Will check it out. thanks for the tip.


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