I noticed the bright orange of first of the California poppies in bloom this morning – a glorious sunny day after a brief spell of some really refreshing rains. California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is a very easy plant to grow – native, drought tolerant, good looking, and even edible and medicinal. The edible orange petals can add color to your salad. The petals (part of the narcotic poppy family) are also a very very mild sedative. I read somewhere that Native Americans gave them to hyperactive children.
California poppy is our state flower. It’s a good plant for beginner gardeners to grow. They come back year after year, as a good wildflower will. Another thing I enjoy about them is that they have a kind of spring-action seed pod (perhaps there’s a real technical name for this that someone can share) that dries out, bursts and flings the seeds about.
I’ve also got some purple cauliflower nearly ripe and very purple – this shot is from a few days ago.