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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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What’s Blooming? May 2010

Purple Sage - Salvia Leucophylla.

May is turning into a fantastic flowering month with more native plants showing off their colors for the first time this year. Among the bloomers on display are the Matilija Poppy, Red Fairyduster and several of our native Sages.

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What’s Blooming? Early April, 2010

Wayne Roderick Seaside Daisy (Erigeron Glaucus 'Wayne Roderick').

Springtime continues to impress as several native and non-native plants in our garden are showing off their colors for the first time this year. Included are Seaside Daisies, Irises, Mallows and California Lilacs.

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2010 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. April 10th & 11th.

March 2010. One of fifty stunning gardens on the 2010 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.

Fifty California native plant gardens – in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Theodore Payne Foundation – are featured. This year’s tour includes cities and communities throughout the Los Angeles Basin.

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Carnival de Iris 2010 at Matilija Nursery. April 17th and 18th.

March 2010. Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris. Picture courtesy of Matilija Nursery.

The 3rd annual celebration of native and non-native Irises, Carnival de Iris, will take place at the Matilija Nursery in April. You can see many stunning flowers, chat with Iris experts and take home some plants of your own at big discounts.

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What’s Blooming? Early March, 2010

March 7, 2010. Morning Glory Candy Cane (Calystegia Macrostegia ssp. Cyclostegia).

Flowering in the patio garden right now we have Morning Glory, Apricot Mallow, Desert Bluebells, Tidy Tips, Hummingbird Sage and some pretty Meadow Foam flowers.

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Recent Images

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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