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Bonnie’s Irises – Buy Irises Online

Bonnies Irises Website Buy native and low water non-native irises from Bonnies Irises, Moorpark CA. has added an online shopping cart, now you can buy stunning native irises and low-water non-native irises online.

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Early Winter Growth and a Few Flowers

Dec 12, 2010. Ceanothus 'Dark Star' - California Lilac 'Dark Star'

Garden update, plants blooming in December and a few challenges thrown in to keep things interesting.

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What’s Blooming? June 2010

Penstemon x Mexicali 'Sweet Joanne' - Penstemon 'Sweet Joanne'.

The sun is out and the temperatures are climbing. The summer flowers are coming to life now and a few of the traditional spring bloomers are putting on a late show.

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Trichostema Lanatum – Woolly Blue Curls

July 3, 2011 Trichostema Lanatum - Woolly Blue Curls. Still very small but has survived into a second year!

Stunning blue to purple flowering Chaparral shrub. Can be tough to grow successfully in the garden. If environmental conditions permit, this plant brings rewarding color to a low water garden. A real favorite of hummingbirds.

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Dendromecon Harfordii – Island Bush Poppy

June 27, 2010. Island Bush Poppy - Dendromecon Harfordii.

Island relative of Dendromecon Rigida. Evergreen shrub with long bloom season. Bright yellow poppy flowers cover this plant in spring but you can expect to see blooms almost all year.

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Eriogonum Grande var. Rubescens – San Miguel Island Buckwheat

June 27, 2010. Red Buckwheat - Eriogonum Grande var. Rubescens. Planter specimen.

Compact, smaller Buckwheat. Pretty pink flowers in the summer are attractive to all sorts of wildlife. Drought tolerant in the ground once established but grows happily in pots with a little extra water. Endangered in the wild.

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July 16, 2011 - Penstemon Mexicali 'Red Rocks' - Red Rocks BeardtongueJuly 16, 2011 - Heterotheca Villosa 'San Bruno Mountain' - San Bruno Mountain California Golden AsterJuly 16, 2011 - Epilobium Canum ssp. Canum - California FuchsiaJuly 3, 2011 - Trichostema Lanatum - Woolly Blue Curls. Still very small but has survived into a second year!July 3, 2011 - Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' - Wynyabbie Gem Coast Rosemary