|Firecracker Penstemon `Scarlet Bugler`|
This year, Mr. Mouse had the good fortune of spending some extra time down in Tassajara. We started with several wonderful wildflower hikes, and spent 3 days at a nature journaling workshop (more about that in another post).
|Firecracker Penstemon Close-Up|
Tassajara is a monastery in the mountains inland from Carmel that's famous for the hot springs and excellent food. In spring, it's surrounded by some of the most spectacular wildflowers I've ever seen.
|Tarweed (Madia) Along Tony Trail|
|Globe Lily with Seedpods|
The beauties on this trail were too many to mention (or photograph), but I had to stop for this spectacular Indian Paintbrush. The Firecracker Penstemon pictures at the beginning of this post were also from this trail.
|Larkspur and Tarweed|
|Foothill Penstemon Close-Up|
It was a beautiful morning, with pockets of fog still nestled in some of the valleys.
The wildflowers along the road were spectacular and included Bush Poppy, Wooly Bluecurl, and several different Lupine species including Harlequin Lupine (sorry, no photo).
Monkey flower took advantage of the cracks in the rocks along the road. I wish I had drainage like that, but as things are, I'll stick with cultivars that like my clay soil - and I enjoy the show of stunning wildflowers in Tassajara even more!