One of my favorite things about Master Gardeners is that I’m now part of a gardening community that stretches across the county. Through this network, I recently read about a sale of a native plant in a San Diego wholesale nursery. A large-scale landscaping project recently fell through for them, and the nursery ended up with 1,000 California fuschia which they are selling for cheap to the public. I decided to pick up a few for my house, a couple more for the elementary school garden, and yet a few more for the garden at the junior high. I put the word out, and one neighbor asked me to pick up 7..another asked for 10….one more asked for 3….. And so today Elliot and I happily loaded up the van with 35 epilobium canum.
It’s a cool plant because 1) it’s a California native that requires minimal water once established, 2) it’s good for hillsides which are features at both my house and the school garden, and 3) its beautiful orange flowers attract hummingbirds. I had fun driving around my town tonight, making my plant deliveries, chatting with friends in the dwindling light of a perfect summer evening, and savoring this sweet example of gardening in community.