Wildflowers: California Poppies and Sweet Alyssum

I thought this was an interesting “slice of life” in the garden. Most of the time, when I see photos of California poppies, they are in full bloom, completely opened up. It’s in the evening where I am and the poppy petals have closed up, apparently for the evening! Some of the poppies are not yet in bloom, evidenced by the green spearhead-like growths. The sweet alyssum provides an understated beautiful backdrop for the bold-colored California poppies!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  I recently cleared my garden of sweet alyssum and found that the leaves and flowers of sweet alyssum caused me to develop a rash. This information is not found on my usual toxic plants site, but on this other one:  http://www.stanford.edu/group/EVgarden/PLants%20you%20want%20to%20know.htm


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