It's planting season in Northern California.
Despite the fact that I was still feeling achy and crummy, I went to two different native plant sales today.
The first plant sale I attended was hosted by the Landscape Horticulture department of Merritt College.
They also offered tours of their gardens. I particularly enjoyed seeing their mushroom growing operations, which are located on a beautiful ridge in the Oakland hills, under oak and manzanita trees. Somehow, they connected with a nursery who gets their ceramic pots wrapped in excelsior (incredibly long, thin, spaghetti-like shavings of oak), instead of packing peanuts. The mushroom growers at Merritt College cover their "crops" with donated excelsior, which makes so much sense, since many mushrooms have a growing-relationship with oak.
The other plant sale was hosted by the Friends of Sausal Creek. I'm interested in the work that this group is doing to preserve an important Bay Area watershed.
I've been buying native plants that will provide food for insects and birds, or that will be easy to grow, and cheerful. I bought several gallon-sized pots of blue-eyed grass, which, as you can see from all my photographs, is a plant I'm very fond of. It's in the iris family, and always makes me smile.
Even when I'm feeling really ill, I still enjoy working with plants. Sure beats laying in bed and being miserable.