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  •  Color variations can occur as a result of virus (11+ / 0-)

    or bacterial (perhaps fungal as well?) infections, as I recall from reading up on tulips some time ago. That new one is quite lovely, so I hope it happens again.

    The foxgloves are lovely, and the fireweed is indomitable. On a drive through Alaska some years ago, fireweed lit up the countryside, especially along the road cuts and the pipeline course. It is here, in Humboldt County, CA, too, and the seeds seem to travel mysteriously to any open planter pot one leaves sitting out in a yard or on a deck.

    We have chicory all over northern CA, a lovely pale blue that needs no encouragement to reseed. I used to teach in Sonoma County, and every spring when I returned to classes, I went through a spell of allergies due to the prolific yellow mustard that covered the fields and vineyards between the grapevines. It was overpowering. There is also a groundcover wild geranium of some sort with tiny dark pink blooms that grows near the forests here. I consider it a weed, but it is quite lovely when it gets going and carpets the ground in soft, ferny foliage.

    In my neighborhood, one resident has planted lots and lots of California poppies, both native and hybrid. They don't seem to occur naturally around here. One time, I made a particular point of driving to the California poppy reserve to view the much publicized fields. They must have had a burn that year, because the only poppies I saw out there were in some drainage ditches by the side of the road. Otherwise, the reserve was barren and brown. Nobody seemed to know why.

    No storms and no heat problems here right now, a cool 59F and lovely today in Eureka.

    W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

    by martyc35 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:47:49 PM PDT

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