It's a very good week to pick as California's Native Plant Week!
Lots of native plant sales and garden tours are coming up - just as a short peek at my immediate locales:- April 21 and 22 is the Going Native Garden Tour, which Ms Town Mouse is involved in orgainzing - and her garden is also on display. April 21 is also when to hit the Santa Cruz CNPS plant sale and Santa Clara CNPS plant sale - so get out there and Go Native!
|Ceanothus "Julia Phelps" graces the bird bath. Still blooming - Dark star has just about finished - these are nursery bought cultivars, very floriferous and loved by pollinators and people alike.|
|Lovely delicate blossom of Iris fernaldii - local wild iris I'm growing.|
|They are a bit floppy. Did I baby them too much? They like high shade. These are under a dark star ceanothus - not very high.|
|Local wild monkeyflower starting to bloom - and be eaten with relish by variable checkerspot caterpillars.|
|Oh, the cloud of delicate awns blowing in the breeze, catching the light. Nodding needlegrass, Nasella cernua. Another local wild plant I'm growing. Lots of the new babies I planted out are doing well. Rabbits do eat it if they can, though.|
No poet has yet sung the full beauty of our poppy, no painter has successfully portrayed the satiny sheen of it lustrous petals, no scientist has satisfactorily diagnosed the vagaries of its variations and adaptability. In its abundance, this colorful plant should not be slighted: cherish it and be ever thankful that so rare a plant is common.—John Thomas Howell, botanist (1937)
quoted from: http://www.ucpress.edu/content/chapters/10911.ch01.pdf
|The seep monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus, another local native, comes back in pots where I grew it last year. Requires regular water. I love the buttery blooms with their red spotted throats.|
|Yet another local native that's very gardenworthy, purple bush lupine, Lupinus arboreus, the lavender colored form. When they thrive, they grow big and bushy and have wonderful large blooms. Sometimes they just up and die, and I don't know why.|
|I love how poppies emerge.|
|Purple sage, Salvia leuchophylla - still just going gangbusters! Grows natively as far north as Monterey county (just south of us). This one is a mother plant for the CNPS propagation group I volunteer with.|
|Hummingbird sage, Salvia spathacea - has a very long bloom period!|
|Another trusty bloomer - seaside daisy, Erigeron glaucus. Grows locally on the coast, but not up here on the ridge.|
|Lovely little violets, local natives that just volunteered in my garden. Viola adunca.|
|Western bleeding heart, Dicentra formosa - native in the county but not close to where I live. So pretty, and foliage so delicate. They completely disappear when they're done! then they pop up next spring. They pread from stolons, underground stems.|
|Not in my garden but just down the road - I have not yet been able to grow these from seed. Aquilegia formosa, columbine.|
|Western morning glory, Calystegia occidentalis. Local native volunteer - covering the toyon. I like it but sometimes I pull it off things if it's smothering them. It is a bit weedy around here.|
|Blue eyed grass, Sisyrynchium bellum. So glossy and nice. Nursery bought. native almost all over California.|
|Blue eyed grass - with syrphid fly - local pollinator.|
|Soap plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum - starts opening around 4 pm. This photo taken around 7 pm, so it's a bit fuzzy. Spidery and interesting plant - not easy to get a good picture though! This is a wild native volunteer.|
|DON'T PLANT A PEST - I will remove this Spanish lavender. It doesn't take over - yet. But it definitely spreads. I've seen it sneakin around my place. What's your experience of this one? Other lavenders, I haven't seen spreading.|
|Nursery bought local native - coast dudleya, Dudleya caespitosa. It's just budding now, not flowering. I love this one's red stems|
|Here's another coast dudleya - stems not so red.|
|And this is Dudleya cymosa, rock dudleya or canyon dudleya. Vivid orange-red flowers, actually these ones are nearly done blooming but I think more are on the way. Also nursery bought and native in most parts of California.|
|Similar little iceplant with softer pink flowers. Succulents are good near a house, in fireprone areas. I hope these will spread where they are planted - and no more. That was the assurance!|
Well that was quite a trip I must say - and I forgot one or two native bloomers, oh well.
I'll log on late to the garden blogger's bloom day site hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens every 15th of the month - thanks Carol! Better late than never. And if you haven't seen Town Mouse's bloom day post, please scroll on! It's magnifique!