A little bit of Bernal Heights
On disturbed land near a road and sewer construction project that took five years to complete: wildflowers and weeds.
I'm at the community garden on Bernal Hill where I gave up my plot two years ago. Here is Calif. native pink-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) that I grew from a cutting that I took from a volunteer that was removed from the South Africa section of the SF Botanical Garden in 2006. I planted it here in 2007, and it's flowering now after receiving, I'm sure, total neglect from the community gardeners. This is the end of its bloom season; R. sanguineum flowers in winter. Meanwhile, the Ribes in my home garden hasn't flowered, ever.
On Bernal Hill today...
a low lupine
Native Viola pedunculata.
Too early for Clarkia; must be Sidalcea...?
With such a long wand?
And this South African geophyte Sparaxis tricolor does not belong here. Odd! Someone must have planted it.
Echium fastuosum, Pride of Madeira. Native plant people hate on this plant, but I like it--at least for a month or two when it's flowering.
Lilium 'Stargazer' in the Philipinio market on Cortland at Ellsworth. This is a good place to get a substantial sandwich for $4. Also, shish-kabobs, lumpia, etc, etc. 'Stargazer' was bred in California by famed lily hybridizer Leslie Woodriff. It's among the most widely sold cut flowers in the history of American horticulture. See Amy Stewart's book Flower Confidential for details.