Animals in Dawn Gardens

There are many animals that live in Dawn Gardens including my cat, Sweetie; fish; frogs; birds; squirrels; bats; snakes; gophers; moles; voles; worms and insects. Outside the fence are deer, mountain lions, wild pigs, raccoons, skunks, possums and beavers.  Most of these animals are hard to get pictures of because they are nocturnal but here…

Heather Garden

Around the year 2006 I took my truck to Oregon to visit my Mother in Portland. While I was there she took me to a Heather nursery and I fell in love with the plants. I decided to bring some Heathers home and plant a Heather garden. I knew the climate in Grass Valley was…

Rocks in the Garden

Rocks and boulders add to the naturalism of a garden. From a small rock on the edge of a path to large boulders used for a waterfall they all help make a garden beautiful. Many beautiful lichens and mosses grow on rocks. In the summer you can bring them to life by spraying them with…

Russian Sunflower

The Russian Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) is a very valuable plant for the garden because it blooms in the fall. It mixes well with ornamental grasses because it likes full sun and tolerates poor soil and dryness. The flowers are like small daisies in large clusters at the top of a 6′ – 8′ plant so…

The Beauty of Winter

With the coming of the rain and cold weather people don’t get outside as much and they miss the beauty of winter. Here are a few photos of plants at Dawn Gardens in the winter. Trunk and bark of the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’) Winter foliage and winter bouquet of Hydrangeas. Mexican Sage (Salvia Leucantha…

Progression of Fall Color

This blog will be a sequence of photos showing the progression of the changing of the fall colors from week to week on certain selected plants at Dawn Gardens. October 20 October 27 November 3 Weeping Cherry   October 13 October 27 November 3 November 10 November 17 Japanese Maples   October 13 October 20…

Mondo Grass and Liriope

Liriope and Ophiopogon are tough shade plants often used as ground covers in the garden. Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) is a dark green grass like plant that is actually in the lily family. It creeps slowly with underground rhizomes becoming a dense shade loving groundcover. It can get 6” tall and has purplish flowers rarely….

Fall Leaves

This is the time of the year that has the most color at Dawn Gardens. The thousands of Daffodil flowers in the Spring can’t compare to the millions of colorful leaves in November. Red Split Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Crimson Queen’) Green Split Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’) Smoke Tree (Cotinus ‘Grace’) Pacific…

Oak Root Fungus

Oak root fungus is a common root problem of ornamental plants. It is a common cause for the death of trees and shrubs. The scientific name is Armillaria mellea and the visible signs are mushrooms growing around the base of the plants or on the main roots.   The mushrooms appear in the late fall…

Grey Plants

Grey plants are usually drought tolerant because they reflect the light and don’t get as hot as other plants so they don’t need as much water. Grey Leaved Groundcovers: Tanacetum densum ssp. amani Artemisia versicolor ‘Sea Foam’ Silene uniflora ‘Druetts Variegated’. Many of the variegated plants like this one have a grey effect in the…