Archive for March, 2013

Wildflower Update

March 3, 2013

The wildflowers continue to stutter to life, blooming here and there.

There are some new ones this year that I planted from seeds I bought in the fall at Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden:

Arroyo Lupine, Lupinus succulentus

Arroyo Lupine, Lupinus succulentus

Zoomed out

Zoomed out

Baby Blue Eyes, Nemophila menziesii

Baby Blue Eyes, Nemophila menziesii

Zoomed out

Zoomed out

There may even be some Gilia tricolor — Bird’s Eye Gilia — in this area, which hasn’t bloomed yet. There are some few plants with feathery leaves that could be this wildflower or could be weeds — time will tell!

These wildflowers are beautiful, but the yield is sparse this year. I am going to let them go to seed and maybe we will have some more next year!

Then, there is a virtual forest of Elegant Clarkias, Clarkia unguiculata, which are just starting to bloom:

Mar2013_Clarkias

Close-up .. you gorgeous thing you!

Close-up .. you gorgeous thing you!

My old reliable Lilac Verbena, Verbena lilacina, is almost in full bloom:

Mar2013_LilacVerbena1

Close-up

Close-up

The bees are very happy!

My Baja Littleleaf Rose, Rosa minutifolia, has a few blossoms:

Mar2013_MiniRose

I have also been working on edging my path with small stones, and have made considerable progress:

Mar2013_Path1

The edging will extend into the bench area, and the path itself will continue (eventually) behind the bench and into the yard on the east side of the house.

Mar2013_Path2

Mar2013_Path3

I like how the edging adds a slightly more formal, structured look to the path, while still preserving its natural, hand-hewn feel.

Finally, a look at the “mound” and how it has been taken over by the Elegant Clarkias!

It's a forest! None blooming yet.

It’s a forest! None blooming yet.

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