The siren beckons.

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

Entranced, I follow.  I won’t be bashed onto rocks, though I’ll admit to occasionally tripping on a few as I meander through spring song.

The diversity is wide, the color wheel complete.

Passalong iris–unknown variety


Some are related to one another.

Wild red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Yellow columbine–a hybrid developed in my garden, Yellow columbine mixed with Wild red columbine


Many have thrived in this region for millenia.

Hill country penstemon (Penstemon triflorus)

Others hail from far away.

European poppy. A German friend gave me seeds 20-plus years ago and they bloom each spring.


Most are brief bloomers, in the garden for only a short time.

Golden groundsel (Packera obovata)

Their seeds will linger for another season, either in my garden or elsewhere.  The seeds await the right moment, the right conditions, to create.


Bloom spikes may last into summer, morphing to seed delivery systems, delivering  DNA packages to the soil.  Foliage lasts beyond.

Cedar sage (Salvia roemeriana)   A metallic bee works  one of the blooms.

Scalloped, evergreen foliage is a year-round gift.


Colors are sunshine bright,

Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana) flanked by the foliage rays of Softleaf yucca (left) and Red yucca (right).

…or rich and dark.

Martha Gonzales rose planted with Giant spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea)


All nourish some living thing,

Pipevine swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor) nectaring at Spiderwort

…including my gardening soul.

National Wildflower Week

It’s National Wildflower Week, hug your nearest wildflower!

Winecup (Callirhoe involucrata)

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Well, it’s probably better if you don’t hug a wildflower, just plant one.  Or better yet, plant a whole bunch.

Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

No matter where you live in this great land, there are resources available to grow stunning North American wildflowers, either by seed or from container plants.

White Autumn sage (Salvia coccinea)

Click the “Garden Resources” tab on the menu bar of this blog for some suggested online resources or check out your County Extension Agent’s office for local sources of regional seeds and/or plants.

Blue curls (Phacelia congesta)

Locally owned nurseries and native plant organizations are ideal places to learn about wildflowers and how to grow them.  The “how” is a snap–wildflowers belong here and usually grow easily, without lots of working or fretting.

Wild red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the premier source of information about North American wildflowers and native plants. It’s the go-to place for those interested in learning about our native plants and wildflower heritage.

Grow native wildflowers for beauty,

Giant spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea) and Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

…for ease,

Yellow columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana)

…for a sense of place.

Golden groundsel (Packera obovata)


Grow native wildflowers because they belong here.  Just like you.

Henry Duelberg sage (Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’) and Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)