Monday, July 03, 2006

More Of Today In The Garden...

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Many of our Big Bear Native Plants are in peak bloom right now.
In the left foreground is California Evening Primrose (Oenothera californica) with red spires of Eaton's Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii) to the right, and beyond that you can see the pale pinkish-purple of Bumble-Bee Penstemon (Penstemon grinnellii), Blue Flax (Linum lewisii), Palmer's Penstemon (Penstemon palmeri), the tall white paper-like flowers of Prickly Poppy (Argemone munita), and in the distant left a native Thistle (Cirsium occidentale), a butterfly favorite.

Below I have posted some detailed macro-photos of a few of these.

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Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)

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California Evening Primrose (Oenothera californica)

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Eaton's Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii)

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This is another view of the garden today with some non-native Indian Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia pulchella) which have been in the garden since before we planted natives. I originally planted them from seed some 20 years ago and they come back every year in 2 or 3 places and I like the way they mix in with the natives. Indian Blanket Flower is a prairie flower native to the midwest. It is the State Flower of Oklahoma.
In the left background is our Giant Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus), and to the right of that are the tiny pink flowers of our native Wild Geranium (Geranium richardsonii).

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Blogger clairesgarden said...

how nice to fall asleep and wake up amidst this beauty.

1:43 PM  

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