A tiny stream ran down the tiny valley through a tiny meadow that was carpeted knee-high with grass and blue and white nemophila
. The hillside was covered with Mariposa lilies and wild hyacinth, down through which his horse dropped slowly, with circumspect feet and reluctant gait.
In mild-winter areas, sow seeds of spring-blooming natives such as baby blue eyes (Nemophila
menziesii), California poppies, Chinese houses (Collinsia heterophylla), farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena), and owl's clover just as fall rains start.
menziessi 'Penny Black' Its dainty black flowers with a white lace trim make it perfect for a window box.
Florivory affects pollinator visitation and female fitness in Nemophila
Plants to choose from include agrostemma, calendula, chrysanthemum, clarkia, clary, cornflower, corn marigold, convolvulus, cosmos, eschscholtzia, godetia, helianthus, lavatera, limnanthes, linaria, linum, mignonette, nasturtium, nemophila
, nigella, scabious, statice, night scented stock, poppy and sweet sultan.
These native California plants are: Chinese houses (Collinsia heterophylla), California five-spot (Nemophila
maculata), baby blue eyes (N.
Wildflowers, covering the slopes, should be replanted with herbaceous perennials like scarlet and blue larkspur, mariposa lilies, lupines, and nemophila
. The nursery should include a "small lath house, a very few cold frames, some potting soil and a water supply." Trails should follow the topography along side walls and ridges of canyons where water can be easily diverted.
For cooler colours, try nemophila
(baby blue eyes) or candytuft (pinks and white).
Go for familiar petunias, pelargoniums (geraniums), lobelias and busy lizzies or some of the more unusual types which often seem to come in blue shades - scaevola with violet-blue 'half flowers,' felicia daisies with skyblue petals or Nemophila
maculata, especially the variety Chelsea Blue - smothered in lilac-blue flowers with darker spots on the petals.
(1998) evaluated five traits in a natural population of Nemophila
Try also the so-called baby blue eyes (Nemophila
menziesii) and the more exotic poached egg flower (Limnanthes douglasii), golden rod (Solidago), stone crop (Sedum), sunflowers, lavender, French and African marigolds (Tagates), and gaillardia.
Following his brief military service, Douglas resumed plant collecting in California, not finding the great summer heat to his liking, but nevertheless discovering new botanical treasures such as species of nemophila
(Baby Blue Eyes) and penstemon.