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Current Photographs / January 2024
January 02, 2024, 01:42:29 PM
Lachenalia Ensifolia ( pink form)
Current Photographs / x-Amarygia
September 07, 2023, 11:48:12 AM
First of the season in San Diego.
Its always an amazing sight to see the poppy's bloom in late Winter at least here in SoCal. 
The last time they put on a spectacular display was 2019. I saw them and took the attached photos, I believe March 14th at the Walker Canyon Poppy Reserve. It's pretty amazing when you are driving the 15 and traffic comes to a dead view the endless carpet of flowers. 
It literally was like the poppy fields in the Wizard of OZ but Orange. ( these are not opium poppy's either, so there is that too) There were police trying to keep traffic moving but people were pulling off the road on an interstate. Jumping the fence, running to the poppy field like there was free money to be found, taking a selfie, walk back to their car and get back into the traffic. It was something I thought I would never see again.....on 3-18-19, the party was over as the city/county decided to save the poppy's they needed to close the park, and just get the interstate moving. 

I can share I saw people being extremely thoughtless,  walking through the fields trampling plants.  There are many paths that meander the park. The poppy's needed a little TLC for sure. Closing the park was their answer.  April came and the short lived display faded. The hillsides and valleys dried to a crisp drab golden brown and summer began. The Poppy issue was put to bed.

No Party in Walker Canyon this year. The park has been officially closed today 2-8-23, for the remainder of the Poppy Bloom. 
The city/county have decided to close the Poppy Reserve prior to any issues developing.
The pictures I have included are from a few days prior to the abrupt closure in 2019. Where are the throngs of people destroying the poppy plants? Luckily it seemed the only areas with lots of people were within about 200 yards of the entrance area. A 10 minute walk up the main canyon and into the hills there was literally no one around.

 Heading out to Anza Borrego Desert State Park, to see the wild flowers this next week. What I have seen online, looks like it going to be well worth it. Desert Lily ( Hesperocallis undulata) seem to be blooming across the park. always a good sign out there.

Eschscholzia califorica from 2019 Walker Canyon Poppy Reserve

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Current Photographs / Hawmanthus Albiflos Rescue
November 14, 2022, 01:49:57 PM
I Have some friends that had a landscape designer add haemanthus to their shade garden..,planted deep and amongst Azaelea and camellia they were not blooming and frankly in decline.  I shared with them we could easily correct, these are great bulbs for So.Cal.  In removing them to redo the beds I found they are very prolific. I was following roots for several feet with many offsets along the way. We found the original  invoice,  they had 3 beds with 7 bulbs per bed.   I removed 65 bulbs. Replanting now Iin 3 seperate areas around the house. 
Planting  the bulbs properly and in slightly raised fast draining mix has made all the difference. See below.


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San Diego
Current Photographs / Griffinia Espiritensis var Baiana
September 20, 2022, 11:21:13 AM
Just started to bloom this week
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Current Photographs / Cyrtanthus Mackenii
June 07, 2022, 08:22:56 PM
Cyrtanthus Mackenii 

San Diego
I have had pieces of this particular Fuchsia Boliviana for over a decade....gets weedy if not trimmed up each Spring.

A hummingbird magnet and some of the most elegant hanging flowers Ive grown.

Leptotes Bicolor is a great easy to grow small orchid

Unknown Epi. Cactus....Got this at one of the sales by the Epi society locally many years ago.

Echinopsis Salmon Queen one of my favorites....( just not very salmon colored)

what non bulbs are blooming for you right now?

Mystery Bulbs / Unknown Ixia
April 24, 2022, 08:20:59 PM
Received in a BX from last year,  unknown Ixia ( most likely)

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