Sunday, March 19, 2017


David commented on a marked change in the sunken garden following rain and warm temperatures. If I don't get around to doing some culling we won't even know the sunken garden is there. But what would I do without all my little self seeders.

The blackfoot daisies,  Melampodium leucanthum, and the dahlberg daisies, Thymophylla tenuiloba.

The Indian blanket flowers, Gaillardia pulchella,   and the sedum, Sedum potosinum.

the gopher plant, Euphorbia rigida. I didn't really want it down below in the sunken area but here it will stay.

The blue eyed grass, Sisyrinchium angustifolium.

The chocolate daisy, Berlandiera lyrata. This one has been here for years enjoying a cool root run under the sandstone pavers.

The California poppies. I am so glad this white one is back again this year. Eschscholzia californica.

But there are plenty of orange ones too.

And the first of the corn poppies, Papaver rhoeas.

There are a few seeders who can be a little annoying. The false garlic, Nothoscordum bivalve, with the white flowers and yellow centers and wild onion, Allium canadense, with pale purple flowers. Both are pretty but are the devil at seeding themselves and once the bulb forms they are not so easy to root out as the bulb works its way deep into the soil. This year I struck a deal with them. They can flower but they can't set seed!

We may not be able to grow those lovely pom-pom alliums but we have our own and I love the flowers.

Nothoscordum bivalve

Allium canadense
They make a pretty addition to a rock garden. All these plants seed freely in the sunken area of the garden. Because the specs between the pavers are less than 1" it would be difficult to plant without self sowing plants.


  1. I don't think I'd have the heart to thin all those beautiful seedlings either. As I gradually improve my soil with annual applications of mulch, I'm noticing more and more self-seeders too but I expect it'll be a long while yet before I have anything as lovely and varied as your sunken garden.

  2. What beautiful ways to add life and color to a rock garden.

  3. Beautiful!
    Not nearly so much going on here. Lots of weeds...mostly grass from the golf course.
    But, most wildflowers just don't survive our deer. I did see some blue-eyed grass, though.
    Are those little birds new? Cute.

  4. Beautiful, Jenny! You have a lot blooming!

  5. It's absolutely lovely. SO glad you didn't pull anything yet.

  6. Your spring blooms are lovely and I especially enjoyed your combination of Gaillardia pulchella and Sedum potosinum. It looks like spring has definitely arrived in your garden!