California & Poppies

by Lorraine on April 10, 2009

I have taken a number of photos of the garden recently and it’s difficult to decide which ones I will use today but I decided to include three of them to start.   One is an overview of the entire garden, another along the walkway and the third one will be some plants that are mixed in with each other.

I’ve noticed that in the year and a half since I completed my garden, it seems to be really growing quickly as it has adapted to the soil and other environmental conditions.   It’s almost to the point, that it’s beginning to look a little messy and I will probably have to tame it somewhat or it will become overgrown.

Along the walkway there are Seaside Daisies, some Sage/Salvia, Coyote Mint and the lovely plant with long stems and orange flowers, is a type of Mallow.   I don’t recall which one, as there are many but it’s one of my favorite plants and I love the color of its flowers.   The low growing bush next to it that has purple flowers, is a Margarita BPO penstemon.  I have a number of them in the garden and they have been one of the most successful plants that I chose to use.

In this same area, there is a native grass, Nessella cernua-Nodding Needle Grass.   It is rather tall, with wispy stems that sway gently in the breeze.   I love how it looks and it makes me visualize how a large open meadow might look if it was covered in this grass.  Like waves on the ocean.

You can see it in this picture on the left side of the path.   On the opposite side of the wall, Bees Bliss Salvia is spreading out quite a bit.   It has had beautiful soft lavender flowers on it for the last several weeks and the bees have been very busy collecting pollen from the flowers but now it’s beginning to spread over the sidewalk, so I guess I’ll be forced to cut it back.

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1 Anna 04.10.09 at 7:50 pm

Hi , thanks for your interesting blog about your native plant garden. I hope you don’t mind, but the correct spelling is Nassella cernua – Nodding Needlegrass…

2 Sikantis 04.16.09 at 10:58 am

Wow, great pictures! You’re right, planting native plants has many benefits. And it makes a beautiful landscape!

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