We have had very little rain for the last three months (there are cracks in the pastures already), but now that the trees are leafing out, it is almost dazzlingly green on the farm, with some very nice splashes of color here and there.
We have five or so types of daffodils growing on the farm- we can't quite remember if we planted these, or if they arrived here on their own.
|Dr. Hurd Manzanita|
|Yellow Flowering Currant|
|Ceanothus, also known as California Lilac|
The ceanothus shrubs are the real show offs of spring here- covered with intense clusters of brilliant blue flowers, they smell lightly of honey. There's usually a cloud of beneficial insects working away on these- the various predatory wasps, hover flies, bumble bees and honey bees.
|Bumble Bee on Ceanothus|
And then we have this flower. It was here when we moved in, just sort of randomly growing in what had been a bit of lawn. We moved the plants to a patch of ground we later realized was really poor soil, but they seem to be doing fine in that location. They appear to grow from bulbs, the leaves are flat and iris-like, they get no summer water, and after they bloom, they go dormant like our daffodils. They are not invasive, but I have yet to encounter them in my native plant wanderings, and we've not seen them in any of the many (many, many) flower catalogs that populate our mailbox. We like them- they are bright and cheerful- we'd just love to know what they are.