California native plants

My Matilijas

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Long before I had my own garden, I was in love with matilija (mah-TIL-eh-ha) poppies. A shrub of what I then called "fried egg flowers" grew near my apartment. It was one of those plants I had to have somehow, someday. And now I do, but like most things this side of Eden, Romneya coulteri is not [...]

California Poppies in my Garden

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

I love the way California poppies undress before they debut, their satiny orange petals held in place by cone-shaped, diaphanous robes. Or maybe those are hats? In spring, poppies sashay in drifts through my Southern CA garden, wearing tea-length, glossy satin gowns. Poppies reseed on their own, so I never know exactly where they'll appear. [...]