Appropriately, the Easter Sunday garden abounds with butterflies and bugs. First the butterflies.
Red Admiral on Nemophila menziesii
A different view.
Another one on Ceanothus 'Frosty Blue'
Vanessa annabella is a real West Coast Lady.
Then a couple bugs. Camassia...
And I didn't even see that bug when I took this picture of a Senecio bud (that will become an orange flower).
An Easter iris for you; the first I. douglasiana of 2009.
My first spring with Arctotis in the garden.
I just got a pink one too, on sale believe it or not, because it wasn't looking so good in the pot. Well, Arctotis never looks good in the pot (a lot of great plants, esp. natives, look like heck in a pot), but all this plant needed was some very minor cleaning up. Wouldn't you pay full price for this plant?
A little bird netting has ended the threat to my lettuces--for now, anyway. I never saw any sluggy slime trails. Boy, that post sure brought out the commenters! Thank you everyone, for weighing in.
Poppies--I sowed a ton of coastal poppy seeds (pale orange with a yellowish throat), but none of those are flowering yet. Last year's cultivars are blooming however.
No matter what people tell you, California poppy is a perennial in the garden. Just cut it back when it looks tired and give it some water. It will come right back.
And I just remembered where this tall, purple Columbine came from--a gardener at Strybing gave me some seed two years ago. Ta da! Oddly, the flowers lack the usual long spurs of Columbine.