The 100-plus hours of seed collecting logged throughout 2011 are finally sprouting results at the Mission Blue Nursery. Our diligent interns and volunteers have brought over a dozen new species to the nursery, including Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus), Coast Silk tassel (Garrya elliptica), Silver Bush Lupine (Lupinus albifrons) and a very exciting stock of Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa). While some will be available to take home to your own native plant garden, many species will be used to foster new populations on San Bruno Mountain, where everyone can enjoy the blooms and butterflies.
Our big push to get irrigation installed at the nursery is almost complete, thanks many volunteers, donations, and our capable intern, Ryan, who has brought years of landscaping experience to the nursery. With the installation complete, we have more time to devote to the health and variety of our plants. We have held three successful open house/sales this year and we’ve come a long way from our first sale, with now over 80 species available covering grasslands, woodlands, dunes, wetland and scrub. Our sales are a great time to discover the wilderness possibilities of your back yard, get gardening advice, connect with neighbors and enjoy our demonstration garden. At our next sale on July 29th, we look forward to meeting new faces and greeting old friends, dreaming up garden schemes and checking in on works in progress.
The nursery has been teaming with life this spring. Our wetland installation enable us to reuse our pot washing water, while supporting habitat for pacific tree frogs, damsel flies, and chattering birds. We even have resident Red Shouldered hawks making quite a ruckus whenever we are around.
As wildflowers ripen into seeds and flowers wilt into berries in mid-summer on the Mountain, our continued propagule collection and propagation efforts this year ensure the wild nature and genetic diversity that makes our offering to the native gardening community so important
- Lawrence Fernandez