There are so many lovely wild flowers blooming near my house, and I want to propagate as many of them as I can - so here are some things that could, potentially, be blooming in my garden right now next year! Above is Calochortus albus, Fairy Lanterns, which I love and which is blooming all over.
Here's Aquilegia formosa after morning rain a couple weeks ago - they're still blooming:
Guess what's hiding under the last two leaves of each branch of this Hooker's Fairy Bells (Disporum hookeri):
Yup - a fairy bell:
And there are sweet little wild roses:
And lupines. Not sure what particular type - any ideas? The silver lupine isn't blooming yet but this bush lupine is blooming and setting seeds - some of which are tucked into an envelope at home.
In my garden itself quite a few things are blooming. Yarrow:
Monkey flower! So many blooms this year:
More monkey flower (I tried to do a nice garden shot but had to crop the heck out of it to get one):
The foothill penstemons in the distance there on the left are last year's plants and not blooming very lushly this year, and something is nibbling the flower heads off of my eriogonums! But the seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus) are very cheerful. In the next shot, I caught an odd sort of bee I don't recognize - looked like a cross between a bee and a mosquito - hovering over the daisy flower and drinking from a long proboscis (or whatever it's called):
Happy bloomtime indeed in the California native garden!
(Please read the next post too! Town Mouse feels left out if noone looks at her lovely blooms. This is a double-mouse blog. We have one garden each).