This is my entry for the Gardening Gone Wild flowering tree photo competition. I'm looking forward to seeing all the entries. The ones I've seen are just lovely.
This is a photo of Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos crustacea). Next year's blooms ready and loaded. One little apple from this year. It grows naturally on our ridgetop Santa Cruz Mountains property.
The rest of the blog has some more photos from the restoration chaparral garden, in our soon-to-be-maybe defensible zone. (Not for the competition.)
Toyon in bloom - top of the ridge, all naturally occuring natives. Non-natives removed and and blackberries pruned back. It's slowly evolving to garden status. In this photo from left to right:
Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) blooming (left and right!)
Coastal Wood Fern (Dryopteris arguta)
Deerweed (Lotus scoparius) in the middle
Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana) growing up through the toyon.
Pink Everlasting (Gnaphtalium mrmosissimum) on the lower right.
Steps down into the chaparral. I made these last year, kind of improvised. They are quite sturdy so far. I'll plant along them on the right in Fall. Maybe some of the natives I've propagated if I'm lucky.
Bee plant (Scrophularia californica)
The white blossoms just coming are Saint Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum) - Those I planted. Everything else is naturally occurring. Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos crustacea) on the left.