Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Flowering of Earth Home Garden...

Click on photo to enlarge - © 2010 jim otterstrom
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2010 jim otterstrom

Click on photo to enlarge - © 2010 jim otterstrom

Click on photo to enlarge - © 2010 jim otterstrom

Saturday, June 19th, finds our native plant garden erupting with the local colors of summer. The above photos picture the flowering of penstemons, Indian Paintbrush, Blue Flax, and California Poppies.

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Blogger robin andrea said...

A truly beautiful native garden, jim.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Sassy McKnickers said...

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9:00 PM  
Blogger Madcap said...

Hmm. I thought I knew who I was...

Anyway, I was saying (in some other incarnation), that your landscapes are pretty exotic to my northern eyes. And lovely. And hopefully I can "find" my standard identity. Must have been having some sort of flashback.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Thank you very much and it's during our rather brief summers that we really get to appreciate the beauty of it.

I've been thinking about you and Roger a lot these past few days and Peggy came across an article about purslane that I will be passing on to you guys.

Easy to grow in your garden, it's chock full of anti-oxidents & omega 3 oils, and very tasty too.

Eat lots of it in your salads for an added boost to your healthful healing regimen.

We love you guys...

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


Funny, our garden seems a bit exotic to me too, I guess because a very small percentage of people actually garden with native plants.

Walking our garden path is much like a walk in the nearby woods except that you rarely encounter this many flowering species in such a small area.

When I was a kid my dad was a traditional gardener growing Zinnias and Snapdragons and such in flats in the garage, which he and I then transplanted into flower beds around the yard when they were ready. The flowers were beautiful of course, in multitudes of colors, but they always reminded me of Disneyland or Alice In Wonderland or some other contrived reality.

My dad also loved to drive so, on many weekends, we would make excursions to the mountains, the desert, or the ocean. I remember looking at the natural beauty of those landscapes and thinking, even at 10 or 11, that that was the kind of garden I wanted live amidst.

I was always very taken with Indian Paintbrush, it seemed to be everywhere in the wild and the name stirred my imagination, and also with California Poppies, which can bloom in such great profusion under the right circumstances, covering miles and miles of desert in spring and early summer.

So, sixty-some years later, I have condensed some of the exotic glory of the San Bernardino Mountains into our little garden, to flower among a few weathering relics of the 20th Century, as food for thought...

How many alter-egos do you have Madcap? I wish I'd have caught your original post so I could've seen who you dropped in as initially.


10:54 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

OH, Hello Sassy McKnickers!

I just discovered this alias of yours still shows up when I come here through facebook...


11:02 AM  
Blogger Madcap said...

I used to try to start new blogs in order to inspire myself to write, but it never worked. The funk was too deep. That was a bit of a surprise though - I'd entirely forgotten about it!

12:05 PM  
Blogger David Edward said...

wow - beautiful. I should cruise by for an up close look

10:42 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Anytime David...

11:22 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

love the indian paitbrush, I haven't seen it before. my garden loks a bit wild, but its just cultivated plants getting out of hand.....encouraged to get out of hand even.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


Indian Paintbrush is native mostly to the western American continent from Alaska to South America, with over 200 species identified.

As to your garden being encouraged to get a "little out of hand", I think they look better that way rather than when perfectly manicured.

But then some people might say I'm personally groom & manicure challenged.

6:53 AM  
Blogger David Edward said...

would you like some native Cacti?
(they were displaced during a clean up in Baldwin lake area)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


Any native cacti you don't want are welcome here. I have several already but I can always pot them up and give them away.

8:57 AM  
Blogger susan said...

These photographs are so beautiful I'm guessing you don't spend much time indoors at this time of the year.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Oh I LOVE poppies. Your yard is beautiful!

7:32 PM  
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This is very very beautiful Garden.This flowers looks very nice and I've never seen this. Flowering plants have grown on every continent on earth.

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