As one commenter noted, my website, weedingwildsuburbia.com, should be called weddingwildsuburbia.com. In preparation for the big day (25 days to go, omg) I am now turning my attention to removing the spent wildflowers, mostly globe gilia (Gilia capitata), and cutting back the California poppies (Eschscholzia californica). It has been a wonderful and long-lived display due to this year’s cool, wet spring, and still most of the clarkias (Clarkia amoena, C. purpurea, C. bottae) are yet to come.
The monkeyflowers (Mimulus) are at peak, though I’m watering them regularly and making full, beautiful bouquets to extend the bloom period. I’m also singing to the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) in hopes that they will bloom on time just to put a stop to the terrible noise emanating from their sower. Tidying up the yard, and … this is really hard to admit but … Let me explain.
Yesterday I went with my daughter to a nursery – Persson’s Nursery in Pasadena, one I recommend to others for both native and non-native plants – and bought … it is hard to say and even harder to write … yes, yellow, orange and white profusion zinnias, rudbeckias, coreopsis, and red dianthus. While at the nursery I had the same devilish feeling I get when I succumb to the bright orange package of Reese’s Peanutbutter Cup and throw it on the belt with the non-fat yogurt and dried oatmeal. Come to think of it the zinnias are the same color as the candy package. This is deep and if you don’t believe we are manipulated by “big business,” think again.