“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
If you have never read 2 years before the mast it really is a fascinating tale of early California, told by prosperous young man from Boston, who puts to sea to help his failing vision and finds himself indentured on a coastal trader exchanging Californio cowhides for Boston fineries at the missions along the California coast in the 1830's. One can imagine based on his descriptions of the mostly uninhabited coast line what flowers he must have saw. Perhaps he had some time to chat about those plants, as they picked up Thomas Nuttall the famed naturalist and botanist they found walking down a beach barefoot in San Diego before they left for the return trip to Boston.
|I've been looking to see if I could notice any pollinators on this one but haven't seen one yet.|
The San Luis Mariposa lily is considered rare, and due to habitat loss becoming increasingly so. Despite this it seems easy to cultivate, requiring only well drained soil and a good summer dry rest.
|Eremurus 'Cleopatra' making a wonderful show in the rock garden.|
The relatively dry spring and early summer continues, although fortunately some sprinkles and a cooler high forecast for this week will be welocome. Highs in the upper 60's.