I'd like to thank Ms Town Mouse for sharing the many interesting topics covered in the talk we attended - with a third post promised. This is good news for me because I am unfortunately preoccupied with various volunteer activities that I'm trying to complete so I can get back to gardening. Oh, I miss the garden! I did do some more cleanup in the pool area last weekend, but there is so much more I want to do.
I have been meditating, though, upon one topic; and the object of my meditations has been the four inch pot containing an Oenothera hookeri plant - see above - that sits awaiting its fate.
I picked it from the plants so kindly brought by the hosts of the talk we attended last weekend. The pool garden is developing a warm yellow-to-red color palette, so I was immediately attracted to the Oenothera hookeri. But thinking over how it reseeds and spreads, I'm wondering what to do.
Calflora does report that Oenothera hookeri has been found in Santa Cruz county. But I don't know where this plant came from. Planting it breaks my rule: Only indigenous natives are allowed to spread.
But is my rule too strict? When it comes to restoration of these three or so acres, how pure should I be? These acres are far from pristine, as I know very well each spring when I embark upon a ruthless campaign of weed eradication.
So should I be a strict restoration gardener, removing the non-natives, and encouraging only the local natives - allowing for a few ornamentals here and there that will stay in their place?
Or should I also introduce plants that could be native here but aren't -- even though I fish them out of a different gene pool?
And if I am to be a strict restoration gardener - what, then, do I do with that hopeful, innocent, evening primrose?