Back home after the beach...
I'm very happy with Nemophila menziesii growing under Verbena lilacina. The camera doesn't know what to focus on, so the pictures are blurry. Better to enjoy them small.
The camera has a hard time focusing on Phacelia campanularia too--I suspect because of the color. Most pictures I take of it do not turn out well.
Sometimes that's okay.
The Heracleum lanatum flower is opening about six feet up. This is eye-level for me.
It looks a little less otherworldly from above.
At first I thought this was Watsonia foliage, but these are Camassia flowers, aren't they?
I planted C. quamash and C. leichtlinii bulbs all over. I can no longer recall exactly where. I have just a few Watsonia.
Three different things that look kind of similar: Echium wildpretii, Lupinus albifrons, Lilium sp.
Some of the tulips opened pink.
I can't stand to see the yellow ones juxtaposed with the Ceanothus flowers. It's just a bad color combination. Reminds me of Cal Berkeley school colors.
I think I would hate it less if the Ceanothus flowers were a little darker, or even more purple.
Speaking of purple...the Cobaea scandens flowers start out yellow-white, then turn dark purple.
The flower's decline begins with a complete collapse of the sex parts.
Every year I say I'm going to stop growing sweet peas (too much visual chaos), but I keep growing them.
Can't decide which picture to use.
Cerinthe major. People call it Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' even though it's always grown from seed. I'm a little confused about when it's "okay" to grow cultivars from seed. Supposedly cultivars are only propagated vegetatively..?
Speaking of growing things from seed, I have all these plants I need to do something with. Like, soon.
These Penstemon palmeri started off slow, but now I have dozens of strapping seedlings.
Did you see the article about penstemon in the new issue of Garden Design? This species is mentioned. It has three special features: the inflorescence is uncommonly tall for penstemon (five feet), the flowers are fragrant (penstemon is mostly scentless), and, accustomed to desert conditions, it's very drought tolerant (more than 10 inches of water a year will kill it).
I have it growing next to Delphinium cardinale (five feet tall inflorescences of red flowers), and Symphyotrichum chilensis (formerly Aster chilensis, four feet tall sprays of blue, aster-type flowers). My summer garden will have some serious vertical interest this year.
I decided to sow a whole second flat of Gilia tricolor.
And I started again with Linanthus. Slugs devastated the first round.
I still have some Madia elegans to plant. I'm not sure how many I've already planted. I can only find a few in the garden.
I'm a little late with vegetables this year. I just planted out some tomatoes and squash yesterday. Last year, I had everything in place by March 15. Everyone was selling the Mexican Sour Gherkin seeds this year (Melothria scabra)--does everyone sell it every year? I thought the fruit looked cute in pictures. I'm a little apprehensive about the taste. 75% germination.
I've been thinking that I might have enough annuals in my garden this year; this South African Heliophila coronopifolia might work better at my client's house. I planted a South African bed in her front yard, including Chondropetalum tectorum, Psoralea pinnata, Pelargonium tomentosum, a yellow-flowering leucadendron, and I allowed a hebe that was already there to remain. The heliophila's little blue flowers might be a nice addition.
I've been trying to think of what to replace this year's foxglove with after it dies. I have several huckleberry seedlings that will enjoy the same shady conditions, but they're very small and will be small for a few years. I decided to try Meconopsis betonicifolia (Himalayan Blue Poppy). Germination was easy. They should do well in San Francisco's cool-ish summers.
Meanwhile, the foxglove basal rosettes are getting huge.