First of all, why do people even keep peacocks? Unlike poultry, ducks & geese, they really have no other useful function than to inflate the egos of their owners who want to impress their visitors with visages of avian resplendence strutting around the grounds like Paris Hilton on a go-see. Second, I really don't have much against this brocaded peafowl, other than the fact that when I'm smack dab in the middle of a transcendental meditation in the peace and quiet of our rural surroundings, I don't want to be snapped out of my reverie by the 100 decibel screech of WRAHWRAHWRAH!!!
Thank the deuces we're still far enough away from our nearest neighbor to deem this auditory anomaly in the space time continuum only mildly disturbing.
Now on to things more horticultural in nature.
Spring is fading fast and summer is gearing up as our weekend temperatures are expected to spike up into the 90s. Here's a quick repast of some blooming natives that will soon be retiring for the season:
5/8/10 Heuchera 'Canyon Duet.'
5/8/10 'Jack' Monkeyflower (Mimulus cultivar).
6/2/10 'Marian Sampson' Coyote Mint (Monardella macrantha). A selection from Mourning Cloak Ranch & Botanic Garden in Tehachapi. Quite miniature, so I have it growing in a clay pot with 'Sunset Strain' Lewisia (Lewisia cotyledon).
5/20/10 California Brodiaea (Brodiaea californica).
5/17/10 Fruits of Hoffmann's Nightshade (Solanum xanti var. Hoffmannii). They resemble little green tomatoes or tomatillos. HOWEVER, this nightshade is toxic, so just say no to taste testing. Native to Gaviota Pass north of Santa Barbara.
5/17/10 Canyon Liveforever (Dudleya cymosa). Native to rocky cliffs and outcrops in the North Coast, Cascades, Sierras & Transverse ranges of California.
6/2/10 Fort William Fairyfan (Clarkia williamsonii). Native to foothills and woodlands of the Northern and Central Sierras.
5/27/10 Fort William Fairyfan (Clarkia williamsonii).
5/8/10 Farnsworth's Jewelflower (Streptanthus farnsworthianus).
5/20/10 Hedge Nettle (Stachys bullata).
5/27/10 Hyacinth Brodiaea (Tritelia hyacinthina).
5/28/10 Butterfly Mariposa Lily (Calochortus venustus).
5/27/10 Bolander's Phacelia (Phacelia bolanderi).
5/20/10 Chinese Houses, white-flowered form (Collinsia heterophylla).