Saturday, March 21, 2009

What's blooming in Lincoln Hills

My World Tuesday


This is what is blooming in my garden but I know you didn't come to see what you can see in your own or your neighbor's garden. (click on photos to enlarge and read plant names)

Here are some of the flowers I have seen lately on my walks. I've read that before Europeans came to California the central valley and foothills were ablaze with color in the spring. Agriculture and urbanization have wiped out most of the natural habitat in the valley while over grazing and exotic species have caused a dramatic decline of the native plants in the foothills.

With high hopes and camera in hand I went forth on the paths in our open areas to see what I could see. Not as much as I might hope but perhaps a little more than I had expected.
These poppies are, I think, called frying pan poppies. They do not have the red disc at the base that our perennial California poppies have but they might be the annual form. There are so many varieties of wildflowers that I often can't find in my guides the one I am seeing in the field.
Popcorn flower is found in many areas both in Lincoln and throughout California.
This little flower, butter 'n' eggs is found in drainage areas and by the edge of the paths where water collects.

I saw one example of shooting star in Lincoln Hills. They too like moist areas.
I neglected to get a picture of the common fiddle neck. They are indeed common and can be found in many areas around California.
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14 comments:

Diane C. said...

Looks like there's a lot blooming in Lincoln Hills! Pretty garden flowers and wildflowers from your grassy open areas. I like how you showed the wildflowers en masse along with close ups. Many of these, are new to me such as the frying pan poppies and shooting star.

Sylvia K said...

Really lovely flowers! I, too, like how you have shown the flowers. Some of these were new to me, too. Beautiful post for "my world"! Thank you for sharing.

ewok1993 said...

those pretty flowers and the blues skies make spring so well loved. i'm always interested to see what wildflowers are springing in your part of the world.

Louise said...

Beautiful photos! There is very little blooming in my world and definitely nothing at my house.

Janie said...

Beautiful wildflowers, and your garden is beautiful, too.

koala said...

It's not blooming as much here yet so thanks!

kayleen said...

What a beautiful series of photos. The flower I remember most from my days is the california poppy and I miss them. Don't see them in these parts.

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Guy D said...

Great photos of all the flowers, we aren't quite there yet, gotta get rid of the snow first...lol.

Have a great week!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Gaelyn said...

These are all beautiful blooms that I don't see here. Very nice captures.

Arija said...

A magical wildflower post. I enjyed your way of presenting as well wih the closeup inset in the broader shot. Thank you, I for one thoroughly enjoyed this.

Barb said...

Keep them blooming! I'll be on the American River Trail on my bike in May. I love the Shooting Star!

Ebie (The Main-Ingredient) said...

Thank you for naming the flowers. I love your garden, beautiful blooms.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Isn't it great that Spring is here and everything is blooming? I love how you did the close-up inset in your photos. Very cool!

W. Latane Barton said...

Beautiful flowers in the wild.