Pacific Coast Gardening forum: Early Spring Wildflowers - 2011

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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 9, 2011 5:45 PM CST
California native plants are my number one plant love.


These pictures were taken in December 2010.

chaparral currant
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This is the same species but a more pinkish individual
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These pictures were taken in January

white chaparral currant (This is a different species from the pinkish "chaparral currant" above.)
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silk tassel bush
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Ceanothus megacarpus is blooming everywhere
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milkmaids
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These pictures were taken in February

shooting stars
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canyon sunflower
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purple nightshade
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a very floriferous Ceanothus megacarpus
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From a greater distance than about arm's length, Ceanothus crassifolius looks pretty much like the Ceanothus megacarpus shown above. The main difference is the leaf shape.
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Since all of the plants at trail level were Ceanothus crassifolius, I'll go out on a limb and say that all of these blooming plants are all C. crassifolius.
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California peony
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two-tone everlasting, I think
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I find it hard to get a good picture of prickly phlox in direct sun
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This manzanita branch is a literal late-bloomer. The rest of the plant is producing fruits
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Ceanothus cuneatus
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bush poppy
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crimson pitcher sage
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Ceanothus spinosus
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coast figwort has a tiny flower
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encelia
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goldback fern
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Calfornia peony
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wild sweet pea
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redberry
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California bay tree is related to the culinary bay tree and the leaves can be used in the same way
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These miner's lettuce are variegated, which is not typical
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 9, 2011 11:14 PM CST
Our wondrous rains have done wonders! My native salvias are getting ready to flower. The s. brandegei is flowering, some of the others just beginning.
Your photos are gorgeous...thanks.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 10, 2011 11:24 AM CST
I don't know how long the wildflowers will hold out this year. At my house, we've only had a quarter inch of rain since January 2. I have seen years dry enough that late season things like Humboldt lily and scarlet larkspur did not bloom.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 10, 2011 12:14 PM CST
Supposedly, in La Nina years, we get our rains in Oct., Nov., Dec. I'm hoping that's not all that we get. Local news here this a.m. calls for possibility of rain somewhere around Sunday-Monday. Most of my drought tolerant plantings are well enough established that they will start getting very, very little to 'no' supplemental water this year.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 10, 2011 2:00 PM CST
At this point, they are calling for a 20% chance Tues/Weds, but I'm not holding my breath. When we were out hiking locally on Monday, the ground was still damp in places where the sun doesn't shine. I was very surprised. Not only has it been rainless, it's been very windy with low humidity.
Take a walk with me at http://cubits.org/dayhikes/
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 10, 2011 3:16 PM CST
Quite a lot on my property is still wet in shady areas and areas with a lot of leaf litter.....that's good, 'cause I'm not watering.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
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quiltygirl
Feb 13, 2011 4:44 PM CST
You see the dampness come up in early AM, before the sun gets busy.
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 13, 2011 7:51 PM CST
That would do it. I'm not up and dressed and out very early. Whistling I'd love to be a morning person - it seems more honorable - but I'm not.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 13, 2011 8:59 PM CST
"Seems more honorable..."lol....
I sometimes get up at 3, 4 or 5 a.m., but then go back to bed at 6 or 7 and get up at 10. I did 'honorable' for years, don't want to anymore.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
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KathleenC
Feb 14, 2011 7:53 PM CST
Great photos, Kelli. We drove up to Tree of Life Nursery last weekend and wondered what all the white blossoms were on the hillsides - I thought perhaps ceanothus, now I'm pretty sure it was.

Chance of rain for Wednesday is up to 80% - whoo hoo!
Kathleen
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Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
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quiltygirl
Feb 19, 2011 11:53 AM CST
I am up to let dogs out, and stand there outside to make sure they actually do their job, somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30. Tend to need a lovely nap in early afternoon
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 19, 2011 5:12 PM CST
Here a a few more from last Saturday

collar lupine
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prickly phlox
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Deerweed is one of those things that looks interesting in a macro and ho-hum in real life.
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The grass is going to seed. It won't be long before it turns brown.
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Indian paintbrush
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sticky monkeyflower
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wild cucumber
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wishbone bush, not quite open
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Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
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KathleenC
Feb 19, 2011 6:01 PM CST
I quite like the look of deerweed. It's a good filler and has a nice airy look with the surprise of pretty little flowers when you look closely. Would love to have Indian paintbrush - must look for some seed. And we noticed the wild cucumber growing over our bladderpod last year - I hope it doesn't spread more. It's pretty growing up into the pine tree, but I don't want it all over the place!

Nice photos, Kelli.
Kathleen
[url]http://www.mcelrea.org[/url]
Please and thank you cost nothing, but mean so much!
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 19, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Paintbrush is a semiparasite of sagebrush, so you'd have to have some of that, too (or find a species that isn't parasitic).
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Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
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KathleenC
Feb 19, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Ahhh... I'll enjoy your photos, then, Kelli. Sagebrush and I don't get along. :-)
Kathleen
[url]http://www.mcelrea.org[/url]
Please and thank you cost nothing, but mean so much!
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 24, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Here are some more from Monday. My camera is in the repair shop, so I used DH's camera. It doesn't have the macro function.

fuchsia-flowering gooseberry
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I think the little tussocks are sedges. The conifer is a redwood tree. They are not native to the area, so someone must have lived around here at one time.
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Parry's phacelia
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blue dicks
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Indian warrior
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There were a lot of Humboldt lily plants. They will bloom in May/June if it doesn't get too dry. The flower is like a tiger lily.
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Dudleyas/liveforevers usually grow on bare rocks, not in the grass - at least around here. This is a chalk dudleya.
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lance-leafed liveforever
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Name: Suzanne
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Mar 8, 2011 12:15 AM CST

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Wonderful pictures Kelli, missed this thread and just now found it!
I am wanting to take a drive down south to see what's in bloom in the desert before we move into our new house the last week of March, I have to find a few websites on how the bloom season is going and where it is the best right now.
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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Mar 8, 2011 12:21 PM CST
I assume you have found the Theodore Payne Foundation web site. That's what I use when I am thinking of going some place out of town. If you go to the Antelope Valley CA Poppy Reserve (probably too early for that just yet), let me recommend that you go on a week day. It is plenty busy on week days, so I can imagine that weekend are a total zoo. I have never gone to Figueroa Mountain, but I've heard that that should be done a on week day, also.
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Name: Suzanne
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
Mar 8, 2011 12:36 PM CST

Moderator

Theodore Payne had a nice report. Still not sure if we'll go, trying to shift some appointments around. Since we are retired, we love going places on weekdays!
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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Mar 8, 2011 12:59 PM CST
I usually go in the Santa Monica Mountains since it is local. I can't say that any one section or park is better than another. There were no fires last fall, otherwise I'd direct you to those sites. We don't get large expanses of wildflowers like in drier places, but there are a good many different species. Mid April to Mid May are the most floriferous time here. For someone who wants to sample the Santa Monica Mountains in general, I'd recommend Malibu Creek State Park. The scenery is great and varied, they have restrooms and water, they have the M*A*S*H site, and most of the trails are not terribly strenuous.
Take a walk with me at http://cubits.org/dayhikes/

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