Miniature daffodil

This flower is not natural to California, though we have some spectacular displays of them here in the Motherlode of California. Modern daffodils were carefully bred from their wild ancestors in Portugal and Spain. All parts of the plant are poisonous – especially the bulbs – so don’t let children…

Camassia quamash

Camassia quamash is a California native that puts forth small blue flower clusters in mild spring weather. It quickly goes dormant once the dry heat of summer arrives. This seems to be a good year for them — we have several dozen scattered through our meadow right now. Other years,…

Begonia Leaf

This vividly textured and colored begonia leaf is another plant from our windowsill garden at home. Kirk’s Hydro has some very large, round drip trays that are three feet across and about three inches deep. They’re useful to catch overflow from one very big potted plant, of course, but they…