Sunday, February 15, 2009

February Bloom Day

So apparently there is a tradition (well just two years old now, which in blogging circles means a tradition) of posting pictures of what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of every month. I say apparently because only recently have I started perusing the garden blogs out there and so I'm still getting the lay of the land so to speak. But I find it a lovely tradition started by Carol at May Dreams Garden blog and would like to give it a go, despite the fact that I don't consider this a gardening blog, just a sorta, sometimes wannabe gardening blog. And to confound the situation even further, for this go around I'm not even going to show case my own garden (not because I don't have anything blooming - I do! at rough count there are 7 things in bloom) but I went on a walk recently on Mt. Davidson, my local open space, and thought I would show what's blooming in a semi-native urban park in the middle of San Francisco. Plus that's what I have pictures of as the middle of the month approached (these were taken on the 9th). So here you go and sorry I don't know the names, let alone the latin names or most of these. And my knowledge of natives vs. exotics while not non-existent, leaves much to be desired. If you recognize something pipe up! I'm just speculating on many of these.

Something in the nightshade family.
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I have no idea. They looked like they had been hit with a yellow spray paint can from a distance.
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Perhaps a native Vaccinum (V. ovatum?)
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A ribes - R. sanguineum?
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Natives? Exotics? The pink one? The yellow one?
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Three flowers - the pink flower again, plus something legumacea like and a blackberry flower.

I saw perhaps 3 other plants blooming that I didn't get pictures of. This was definitely a casual perusal, not an exhaustive search. But here are a few more pictures without flowers (that I can see) but I like them nonetheless.
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And one last one - the view from Mt. Davidson of my house. Can you see it?

View From Here


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Great photos from your excursion. I really like the plant that looks like it was spraypainted. It looks like it might be of the thistle family. I am not sure though. I love the tree ferns too. That is something you wouldn't see around here. WElcome to GBBD.

Carol said...

What I like about bloom day is it takes me to new places, like your blog and these pictures of San Francisco. I've never been there, but it looks like a good place for a gardener to visit.

Thanks for joining us for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Thystle said...

Thanks for the welcomes! I'll definitely try to make it back again :)