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Gladiolus are July’s plant of the moment. Breeding Gladiolus was popular in the early 1900s with old catalogs offering dozens of hybrids.  Disease has eliminated most of them but these two old varieties have been found and added to the summer color scheme for the Inner Courtyard.  ‘Dauntless’ is medium pink with a magenta throat[…]

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Matilija Poppies are May’s plant of the moment. This stunning flower (Latin name: Romneya coulteri) is located in the California Native garden in three separate areas: by the stairs, below the lower retaining wall, and up slope toward the picnic area. Predominantly found in the Ojai area of Ventura County, this is an aggressive perennial that colonizes[…]

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ducks

These two mallards have been visiting Rancho Los Cerritos for years. They love bathing in the pond’s inner courtyard. For many seasons, the RLC ducks have nested on site, but they have never been able to raise a brood, due to poor nest placement and predation. We’re hoping this is the year for a successful[…]

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Tulip 'Kingsblood'

  Tulips are March’s plant of the moment. They can be seen in their annual glory in the courtyard and will be coming soon to the backyard. Tulips get special treatment here at Rancho Los Cerritos: in order to get a proper chill on these bulbs in our temperate climate, they spend several weeks in our[…]

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Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn,’ or Manzanita Howard McMinn is February’s plant of the moment. The evergreen shrub was hybridized from a species native to Central California and has since found its way to Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach. This winter plant is located at the top of Arroyo on the site and along the fence[…]

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Cedar Waxwing Long Beach

Recently, friend of the Rancho Jerry Millett captured a wonderful photo of one of one of the museum’s winged visitors. These handsome, gregarious birds migrate to Southern California — and our Long Beach garden — timing their journey to the ripening of their preferred food source, berries. While they will consume insects, these birds are[…]

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Pink Powder Puff - Calliandra haematocephala

Pink Powder Puff – Calliandra haematocephala Location: Backyard & Orchard This large evergreen shrub can be espalier as seen on the Orchard wall or allowed to grow into a large shrub that almost attains a small tree stature as in the backyard. Follow the perimeter walkway to the back wall and these powder puffs of[…]

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pink cyclamen

Our recently replanted Pink Florist Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum), which is located in Rancho Los Cerritos’ backyard near our shade garden, is already in full color and brightening up the shady bed behind the Morton Bay Fig. We also have red and white varieties of Cyclamen, which will brighten up the shorter days of winter. Other[…]

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Arbutus unedo Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo, commonly known as the Strawberry tree, is November’s plant of the moment. These trees are great for residential gardens, with evergreen foliage and dainty white urn-shaped pendulous flowers. Once pollinated, the strawberry tree bears ¾” fruit. The fruit is green when it first appears, then changes to yellow, orange and, eventually, red (hence the name).[…]

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It doesn’t get any sweeter than the purples, pinks and oranges of spring- colors that Rancho Los Cerritos has in abundance right now thanks to Mother Nature. Stroll through rambling paths on the arm of your sweetheart and take your engagement photos amongst these blooming beauties. Hidden wooden staircases add a rustic feel, while statuesque,[…]

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