Las Pilitas Nursery

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3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

Las Pilitas Blog

Drought and frost damage.
 Heuchera maxima, Island Alum Root showing the cold (and drought).

Here is a picture tutorial of many of the plants on the Santa Margarita Nursery grounds.We had 2 inc

Ah poop!
Horse poop doesn't belong in a planting hole.

It's crazy that folks want to do nasty things to our native plants.

How cold were you?
We do get cold. This is one of the reasons we can guess how much cold native plants can tolerate.

We got pretty cold this week, how cold were you?

Who are we to you?
Turkey Vulture

What does our online persona portray?

Time change
Harry had a hard day.

The semi-yearly time change is playing with us.

Help with HOA's
Sorry, anyone can be a garden designer. Pencil behind your ear , Sunset Western garden Book, and a lot of noisy self-assertiveness. There are some good designers, but  how to separate  bags of air from the knowledgeable ones? Questions, do a little of you homework first. Learn some of the plants, something as simple as a few trees, perennials and annuals. Use the tree name like it's a perennial, the annual like a tree and see what happens. Let the games begin!

You can plant your yard with drought tolerant native plants and probably be fine, not fined.

Native plant doofuses
Water fowl at Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo.

Ok, the post is for those of you that want to rant a little about the doofuses out there. Please kee

Ferrets as Toy Poodles
We take your  plant out of a gallon pot, put it into a plastic bag, put into a box, and ship it. The best numbers to fit into the boxes are multiples of  1,2, 4, 5, 8, and 10.  All we deal with are native plants, of California.

The article about South American Ferrets being given steroids and sold as poodles kind of hit home

Fall is here
It's September and the fall temperatures are here.

Our fall temperatures are here.

Sammy the Skunk

Skunk in the shop trash.

The newest format.
Ok, here is the format we're trying to allow a bunch of images and videos to fit onto the page.

Ok, we've jammed all the images and movies into the plant pages in a way we thinks works.

Weird Weather
Ok, it was 110F for a week, then it sprinkled, then rainbow, then we were in the 30's.

We're having weather that is even weird for us.

Customer requesting help.
Lazuli Bunting caught and ate the bug in 3 frames, 1/10 of a second. (There's a drip of water flying by from a crazy gold finch in the birdbath.)

Here is a note from one of our customers requesting help in signing a petition to save the Oakland h

Needed Photos
Anyone can take good pictures now with the newer digital cameras. But you have to take off the lens cap.

We need some photos of some plants. If any of you have them and want to donate them to the website w

Website down.
Broken website or sick computer.

Website was down again.

How to use the website.
One of our help file images

A simple video about how to use the Las Pilitas website.

Planting native plants in summer.
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), out in Creosote  woodland. If you try to plant where these rabbits are, cage the plants until 6 months after you stop watering. AND, do not water in summer or fall  after first season.  Water once in summer and the plant is eaten once, no more plant.

Here is a short note about planting native plants in summer.

What's happenen?

We're working on the site's internal structure. Trying to make it make some kind of sense.

Wildland Photos
One of the edges of the sagebrush community.

Here 's where you can contribute your wildland photos. California only please as that's more than we

Your Native Garden Photos

Your Native Garden Photos

the dreaded fire smoke of california

Smoke signals.

What to look for when you buy a native plant.
I pushed a few gallon containers together so you can visualize a California wildflower bouquet. Native plants are beautiful and can create a spectacular garden.

Here is a simple guide to buying California native plants.

Phone calls
A Yellow-billed Magpie, Pica nuttalli on a telephone wire watching.

Telemarketer calls are driving us crazy!

Yellow leaves on Ceanothus
Many of the Ceanothus have yellow leaves before they push new growth.

Yellow leaves on Ceanothus

Things happening
Pale Swallowtail, Papilio palamedes on a Salvia clevelandii Alpine

Ok, it's gotten busy but I've managed to generate a few things.

Light Snow
Our light snow in February 2013

We had a very light snow and it doesn't look like it's going to break 40 degrees today even with bri

Drought tolerant, low growing and is fire retardant?
Ceanothus maritimus in foreground, Salvia Pt. Sal in background, and Baccharis Pigeon Point  in the rest of the picture. This ground cover has been in place for 30 years. It gets mowed to the ground about every 10 years and has had no water except at planting.

We get questions like what is drought tolerant, low growing and is fire retardant? A little hard to

Stop stressing

So much symbolism.

Penny's native plant picks for Los Angeles
Anna's Hummingbird on Penstemon Margarita BOP in a Southern California wildflower garden

Some of our books and references.

Ok, I've got most of the pages over into a format that should work on any device, including your pho

Europeans like our plants.
One of the French nursery owners with his foreman showed up here just before Christmas to bring some of our cultivars to France. Via la Mama Bear!

Why do Californians not appreciate what we have? We have all these cool plants and we plant absolute