Monkeyflowers Peak Too Soon

Arghh! The monkeyflowers (Mimulus aurantiacus and cultivars) are looking great, but a month too early. I had hoped that they would hold off a bit longer and be blooming for the wedding. I expected the globe gilia (Gilia capitata) to be finished, but was hoping the Margarita BOP penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’) wouldn’t be […]

Spring Color with California Native Bulbs

Humboldt Lily (Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum) Every year I look forward to seeing the blooms of the Humboldt lily (Lilium humboldtii) in June. The bold, orange spotted flowers sway on impossibly tall stems, brightening shady spots. They can be seen in the wilds of our local mountains (probably not this year after the fires, though […]

Container Plant Photo for GGW

From Containers I spent several hours photographing containers in my yard and settled on this one for the Gardening Gone Wild May Photo Competition. It is a picture of three glazed pots, all with California native plants in them. The only one really visible is the woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. californica ‘Montana de Oro’) […]