Cheating a little this month - but the local woodlands are my collecting place for garden-worthy natives, and in that spirit I bring you - the beginning of the wildflower season on the Central Coast of California!
As seen in local walks and on our property. Most of these were taken yesterday, and all within the past couple weeks.
Ahhh this I might enter into the GGW photo competition, whose theme is "awakening." It's fat solomon's seal, Smilacena racemosa.
Close up of another one opening into bloom.
Here is coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus.
And an old friend to those who visit the redwoods - redwood sorrel, Oxalis oregana.
An early lupine! I don't know what sort... Will work on it...
A very cool checker lily, Fritillaria affinis:
Below is the whole plant:
Awww - woodland strawberry, Fragraria vesca:
And one of my favorites, hound's tongue, Cynoglossum grande - I so want to propagate these!!
I'm always excited to see a new wildflower on my property - this is Zigadenus fremontii, star lily or death camas, choose a name depending on your mood - it's poisonous - but pretty! Showed up for the first time, right below the ridge in a sunny spot. He's kind of floppy...
But the flower is pretty if not the individual plant. I think they usually grow upright, but I think this one is in poor soil maybe?
Here is one of my favorites - Giant wakerobin, Trillium choropetalum
Hope you enjoyed this change of pace. Now if you want to see some real garden blooms - check out Town Mouse's GBBD!
I'm off to thank Carol at May Dreams Gardens for inviting us to share this month's blooms.