But I've gotten off-track. In contrast to me, my brother and his girlfriend structure their garden in one of Southern California's inland valleys around wildflower seeds. They scattered about 2 pounds of seed this fall, half of it collected from last spring's plants. Germination wasn't great - until the rains arrived in December. I think he's probably looking at a banner year. I offer this photo of the front of his house as my Wednesday Vignette.
|Photo courtesy of ericnp.net. (You can find close-ups of flowers from his 2015 wildflower garden here and photos taken on his nature-focused walks on his blog here.)|
Most of that green mass is comprised of seedlings. There are some shrubs mixed in - Eremophila divaricata in front of the windows; Lavatera maritima, Tecoma stans, and an immature Chilopsis in front of the garage; and Echium candicans and Tecoma capensis on the right side. Prostrate rosemary, Agapanthus and Stipa tenuissima are scattered about, partially engulfed by seedlings and some weeds, which they generally ignore.
If this winter rain thing becomes a regular event, maybe I'll try seeding more wildflowers of my own.
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