Wildflowers Are Easy to Grow!

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California Wild Flower from seed

When I first moved to California I thought it was wonderful to have flowers year-round.  Of course, the flowers I saw were in parks, landscaping and freeway medians.   When I married the Avocado Farmer and moved to the ranch in 1982,  I thought it would be easy to have beautiful gardens.  Wrong.  I bought plants and flowers every year and have watched them die.   Although I still have a few roses and shrubs,   I decided last year to try wild flower seeds.

wild flowers growing near avocado trees

Flowers growing near the avocado trees

I bought a few bags of seed and had some envelopes of seed that were given to me. I just  threw them out on the bank between our house and the avocado trees.  We had planted a ground cover years ago, but it had died in some places.  Nothing grew last summer, but right now the flowers are spectacular!  I love seeing  them from the kitchen window.

purple geranium

This purple geranium has naturalized

There are purple geraniums that reseed themselves every year.  Here is one up close.  It reminds me of the “spring beauties” that come up in Vermont as the snow is melting.


Spring Beauties in Vermont

Spring Beauties in Vermont woods

I took this photo in Vermont last May.  The flowers come up through the dead leaves after the snow has melted.   I love springtime in  Vermont,  so it’s  nice to have some flowers growing “wild”  near the avocado trees.   The flowers here in California are  not the same as my beloved Vermont woodlands, but flowers are flowers!  Beautiful!

purple geraniums

Purple Geraniums


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Seed thrown on the bank have become a beautiful garden!

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