Just another gratuitous spring-time garden blog post...
I was in the garden at just the right moment when the sun moved out of planarity with the Stylomecon heterophylla flower's flat face. The dappled light caught my eye from several feet away.
The little orange aster back there is Annie's Annuals' Ursinia anthemoides. I've grown it before and I'm hoping it will grow in all around the artichoke. I might have to get another one--just in case!
Gilia tricolor, one of my favorite wildflowers. Fragrant, too. These just opened a couple days ago. Why grow any annuals besides wildflowers? I always wonder that.
Purple needle grass (Nassella pulchra), a native perennial bunchgrass. I use a lot of this and coast melic (Melica californica) as unifying elements in the garden. G said he thinks the grasses look like weeds. I get his point, but I think he needs to take a broader view. Also, I hope with time the grasses will self sow and fill in, and become, well, more unifying.
Last year or the year before, I ordered some stuff from High Country Gardens, including this Asphodeline lutea. It's been a wavy tumult of leaves until now. Soon, a flower.
This is me trying to take a picture of purple columbine, but getting my spider-webby Berberis nevinii instead. I grew the berberis from seed, and keep it in a pot. I hope it lives for a long time in that pot, because I don't imagine ever planting it out. Despite the prickles and pokes, it's a great specimen and I'm very fond of it.
And now for that purple columbine, whose origin I've lost.
This is the first time any Aquilegia has bloomed in my garden. Usually, leaf miners disfigure it so badly I can't stand to look at it anymore and cut it to the ground. Fortunately, digging up the root is hard work or I would have done it by now. This plant has been waiting three years to make that flower.