Some of the Flowers Blooming in My Garden

 

English Lavender or True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), native to the Mediterranean is a favorite of just about every pollinator in my garden.

 

Sticky Monkey Flower (Diplacus aurantiacus) is a perennial that likes some shade and is a California native shrub.  I have it growing in a container and the hummingbirds sip the flowers every day while in bloom.

 

Verbena is in the family Verbenaceae and there are about 250 different kinds.  There is a California native Verbena also.  I have red and purple verbenas that butterflies and hummingbirds like in containers.

 

Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as the “starflower”, an annual that comes back every year is one of my favorite herbs in the garden.   It is a favorite of bees and native flies.  Cultivated as a fresh vegetable, edible garnish for salads and herbal medicine it is as useful as it is dreamy – a beautiful fuzzy, tall plant with blue flowers.

 

California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) come back every year in my garden beds.  In this raised bed, I pulled out all the poppies except the ones you see here!  The entire bed would be solid poppies had I let them all grow.  Instead, I decided to share space with the poppies AND the bees.  The bees literally cover the flowers during the day.  We have three bee hives in this community garden and I am so glad I dedicated this row to them.

 

Luther Burbank developed the Shasta Daisy when he hybridized the oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and the English field daisy (Leucanthemum maximum) as well as two others.  Portuguese field daisy (L. lacustre) and Japanese field daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum).  Butterflies love these ray flowers and they bloom for a long time, standing 3’ tall here in my herb garden, nestled between lavenders and other herbs.

 

Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are one of my old-fashioned favorites.  The ones I have this year are heirlooms I planted from seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds.

 

Culinary sage (Salvia offiicinalis) has a flower that resembles a foxglove.  It is a long-lived perennial and has a long history of medicinal and culinary use.  It is a striking ornamental in the garden with grey-green textured leaves.

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