First bloom from my Douglas iris 🥰
Brodiaea elegans lit by the sunset
Calochortus albus- known as fairy lanterns or globe lilies- grows in my neighborhood and I look forward to them every year. They’re something special :)
Ithuriel’s Spear (Triteleia laxa), one of my all time favorite wildflowers. Used to be considered a Brodaeia but the genus has now been split into Brodaeia, Triteleia, and Dichelostemma. I wish I had something for size comparison because these guys were the largest I’ve personally seen. I hope to collect some seeds this summer
Yellow Star-tulip, not a tulip at all this is Calochortus monophyllus, a California endemic. Very exciting to find this in my neighborhood!
Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla) growing right across the street from me! Native to California down into Baja I believe
I also encountered Spicebush (Calycanthus occidentalis) in the wild for the first time. Unfortunately wasn’t in bloom yet, those look to be last year’s seed pods. I scratched the bark and it smells incredible!
My first time seeing Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) in the wild
March 1st, 2020. Fair Oaks, CA
How to Do Garden Crimes
1) Go to the CVS parking lot
2) Find dirt space that hasn’t been tended
3) Pick up trash
4) Oh my gosh there’s trash under this trash
5) Dig holes with trowel.
6) Get scared by a car rolling by, go back to picking up trash.
7) Fill holes with water and let it drain
8) Plant native plants (apricot mallow and ceanothus)
8) Flag it like it’s official
9) Drive away in a panic
Silverpuffs (Uropappus lindleyi)