I have decided to name the Blue gilia, Gilia rigidula, flower of the year. Any flower that blooms multiple times during the year, can weather the infernal heat of this past summer, no water for months on end, tolerate a soil with little but eroded limestone and then after a gloomy December week of rain, drizzle and fog put forth some new buds deserves all the accolades I can give it. I'm not even waiting for the New Year's Honors list!
As soon as the sun comes out that little bud is going to pop open and look just as stunning as it did last spring.
The wildflower book is wrong when it says the bloom period is from March to October or maybe this is just another crazy upside down year.
I have never seen the seed or plants for sale but have been successful moving it from outside into my garden. It's a perfect plant for the sunken garden.