On my morning walk yesterday, along a dirt road much prized for recreational walking by those of us lucky enough to live around here, I saw so many lovely things in bloom or about to bloom -- Trillium, Solomon's Seal, Viola, Colombine, Thimbleberry, Paintbrush, and more -- I kept dropping behind my companions to take pictures. The light wasn't so good, so most of the pictures aren't either - I'll do another post when I can get up there in better light.
I spent most of yesterday evening trying to identify them. I think the above is Western Wake Robin, Trillium ovatum. But then I also think this is too, even though the color is different.
This is because both flowers are on a pedicel (a stem like bit) and are not sessile (directly connected to the thing they are arising from). If they were sessile then I'd go with Trillium chloropetalum. Thomas's says that's the main difference... I'm still not sure.
I'm not that knowledgeable at wildflowers and it took about 20 mins per each, working with CalFlora and Calphotos and the Jepson Flora Project - and my handy Thomas's Flora of the Santa Cruz Mountains of California - a technical guide that is always on my desk. I learn new words every time I open that book. Like "verticil" - a whorl.
This isn't gardening as such but I do wonder how many of these plants I could somehow propagate on my property! A few of these Fat Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) would look right nice down in the shady valley behind our home.
Now here's a quiz. In the not-very-good picture below, one native bulb is about to bloom and there are one or two (or more?) other natives in the picture that I don't yet know. Maybe someone can save me a bit of time, and let me know what they are. I'll return to that spot this weekend - then I hope I'll be able to post pictures of the blooms, as well as good pictures of all the other flowers I saw.