Overwatering Is Out

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Plants, Camera, Action! Photo Contest

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Hi Gneighbors,

Have you taken action to save water and reduce runoff in the yard? Don’t miss out on the chance to win incredible prizes for your home and garden. Join Gnorman’s photo contest and help us encourage other Orange County residents to prevent water pollution and keep our local waterways clean! We are calling for submissions for: 

  • Most Beautiful Photo of a California Friendly™ Plant
  • Most Beautiful Photo of a California Friendly™ Landscape

Prizes include: 

  • One 90 minute Landscape Consultation with Rob Moore at Cal Native Landscape Design, valued at $250.
  • “Never Ending Paradise” eco-friendly 30×40 signed print by Jessica Cardelucci, featuring a wave breaking at sunset at the Wedge in Newport Beach, valued at $750. It’s printed on bamboo matte paper and framed in a handmade and whitewashed bamboo-ply frame.
  • A $100 gift card to the Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano
  • Plus, all winners will have their photo appear in the OC Register!
The last day to submit your photograph is May 16, 2017.


Plant of the Month: California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)


California’s State Flower!

Welcome gneighbors to a new column featuring the beauty and resilience of California Friendly Plants – Gnorman’s Plant Corner!

It seems fitting for a new series of articles featuring California friendly plants to begin with California’s own state flower – the California Poppy. This California native wildflower is sometimes called “the cup of gold” due to its bright flower that can be three inches across and fades from a yellow edge to a deep orange gold in the center. The striking flower can also be red and blooms from February to October although you will see them mostly from March to May. California Poppies grow to about 1.5 feet tall and will not interfere with any current perennial plantings you have. It is a self-seeding annual plant (lasts only one growing season) and will grow in poor soil conditions as long as it is well draining soil. Conveniently, the beautiful native flower is found in most wildflower seed mixes as they are easy to plant and germinate. Show some California pride this spring and spread a poppy and wildflower mix wherever you want blooms and rake over to lightly cover. They look beautiful along walkways, or in narrow areas, or even across your lawn! If the soil drains well and the area receives a lot of sunshine, you will have poppies pop up by spring time.

3 Water-Saving Resources for 2017

Welcome to a beautiful new 2017! Last year, over 2,500 Orange County residents took some kind of action to stop overwatering their yards and prevent water pollution in their communities. If you are receiving this newsletter, congratulations! You can count yourself as a member of the Orange County Overwatering is Out movement.

Polish up your garden, yard, or landscape in 2017 with these three water saving resources that can save you time and money:

BONUS: Claim your FREE yard sign and/or sticker for saving water in the yard.

VIDEO: Before & After with Kevin, OC Water Champion

          Gnorman the gnome spent one blissful February day lounging in Rancho Santa Margarita at Kevin Ells’ spectacular drought-tolerant home. He played with his dogs, frolicked in his succulent garden, and took in the sun alongside his daisies. Kevin and Gnorman also enjoyed a conversation about how he’s only been gardening for a little over a year, yet he has reaped so many benefits from embracing the drought-tolerant lifestyle.
          Watch the video below where Kevin shares his story and gives easy tips to save water and improve your gardening at home!

How-to: Gardening Events in March

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With the warmth of Spring beginning to beam over Orange County comes free classes and events to improve your gardening.  Here are Gnorman’s top picks:

Also, OC Garden Friendly has partnered with various garden supply and home improvement stores throughout Orange County to hold outdoor plant sales complete with local experts on water-efficient landscaping, vendor displays, and special discounts on plants that are ideal for Southern California. Don’t miss out on the FREE OC Garden Friendly events happening near you:

Lastly, check out this kid-friendly gardening event:

March 20 | Children’s Garden Workshop: Technology

In 2016, the award for most beautiful garden goes to…

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of our “Drought, Camera, Action!” photo contest!

The wait is over gneighbors! Here are Orange County’s most beautiful drought tolerant photos:


2016 OC’s Top Picks: Photo Contest Finalists

There are just 7 days left to vote for the 2016 “People’s Favorite” Award!

The winning photo for this category will receive an online photography course with a value of +$100, courtesy of Nick Carver Photography. As a bonus, the photo will appear in the OC Register! 

Currently, the top 3 voter’s choice submissions are:

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Share your favorite photos on social media to help your favorite win!

Additionally,  our three judges will be selecting the winners for the “Most beautiful photo of a drought resistant landscape” Award and the “Most beautiful photo of a drought resistant plant” Award.

Watch out for the next blog post to see all three winners…

Q&A with OC’s Water-Saving Gneighbor: Jan of Mission Viejo

Photo originally published in the OC Register by Mark Rightmire.

Photo originally published in the OC Register by Mark Rightmire.

Who: Jan Shomaker, advocate for turf removal and California friendly plants, a #GnormanApproved action


Gardening in January: Free Events in Orange County

Welcome to 2016 Gneighbors! Now’s the time to sharpen your gardening skills. Here are the top 3 events to start off your year on a positive and educational note:


Gnorman is going on vacation!

Your friendly gneighborhood gnome is going on a holiday vacation! I’m going to the North Pole to befriend polar bears and catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis. I’ll return to your inboxes early January 2016. Cheers to the end of a wonderful, water saving 2015 and a toast to the upcoming new year!
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