I built this bench that no one sits on, so the nasturtiums took over–they like it.
The wildflower, commonly known as pride of Madiera, grows along the Carmel Coast, and is resistant to drought, salty winds and deer while attracting butterflies–pretty much a home run in my books. The botanical name is echium candicans. The common name comes from the island of Madiera. When in blooms, the plant turns a purple-blue.
These cosmos follow the sun as it sets over the Pacific Ocean. I like how they bend for that last capture of sunlight.
This wildflower with its petals askew is perfect in the morning dew. What’s perfect, normal, etc. ? I’d say this photo hits the spot with the temps over 100 in much of California. The dew happens. It is perfect.
We sowed Clarkia amoena seeds last year and as suggested by its common name, ” Farewell to Spring,” this wildflower blooms in late spring and through the summer. The seeds were purchased locally–this wildflower, native to California, thrives in the coastal hills and that would be us. Went online and found sites that sold ClarkiaContinue reading “Clarkia Amoena…”
The cliffs of Point Lobos are randomly adorned with brightly colored flowers. I find nature’s design as intriguing as the fact that these plants are growing out of the rocks. Photos taken yesterday.
Here are some wildflowers from this morning that I planted from seed last October. They are fragile to the touch but somehow are standing tall after nine months. Meanwhile a gopher consumed nearby nasturtiums yesterday. These wildflowers are safe from the gopher as they are growing in a box raised four feet off the ground.
Nasturtiums are a key component of sustaining the ecosystem in our yard. They key is how they regenerate so easily. The nasturtium seeds are inside pods that hang from the vines that also produce colorful flowers. The pods fall to the ground, or in my case, are picked by me. I place the pods inContinue reading “It All Starts Here…”
I’ve been lucky. The cosmos I planted from seeds five years ago in the backyard keep coming back as do the honey bees. My attempts to sow cosmos seeds in other areas haven’t worked out. Regardless, I am satisfied. This one patch of bright yellow flowers that sway in a gentle breeze is soothing toContinue reading “Honey Bee in the Cosmos”