Wildflowers at a California State Park

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Going Places, Sources of inspiration | 6 Comments

There was a great variety of flowers at Montana de Oro.

The poppies came in three colors. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen a yellow poppy before!

This two-tone was so pretty. I thought these only came from greenhouses where people mess around with seeds and test tubes and who-knows-what-all.

This one looks normal to me.

I was going to ignore these little orange flowers but they made me think of my friend Shannon, whose favorite color is orange.

The Indian Paintbrush grow everywhere, all elevations, including Mineral King and above. These were the brightest I’ve ever seen.

Sometimes Morning Glory is called “bindweed”. I don’t know if it is native or if it is an invasive pest. I do know that farmers hate it, but it is pretty. I prefer the blue kind.

These were oranger (is that a word?) in real life. They are shaped like a monkey flower.

I KNOW these are not natives! The nasturtiums from someone’s garden got away. Maybe it happened from the farmhouse at Montana de Oro that is now a visitor center.

Statice out on the bluffs? Really? This grows very well on the Central Coast of California, but is it a native?? Or, is it like the nasturtium? So many questions. . .


  1. Jennifer Dougan
    April 18, 2013


    Those are bright glimpses of color for this Minnesota girl where snow still swirls and winter storm warnings howl. I’m tucked away on my desk with my favorite mug and some hot orange zinger tea. Snow stacks high on my deck railings, a white wind swirls past my windows and activities have all been cancelled for tonight.

    Morning glories –the deep purple blue kind– often grow longest in my garden, far into October, when all else has withered and dried. I am eager to grow them again soon.

    Smiling at you, my California Artist,
    Jennifer Dougan

    • cabinart
      April 21, 2013

      So nice to hear from you, Jennifer! We have such a HUGE country – the climate differences between us just boggle my mind. So does the internet, which has allowed us to become friends. Smiling back at you, my Minnesota writer!

  2. Cheryl Barker
    April 18, 2013

    My current post is about wildflowers, too, Jana. Great minds think alike, huh? 🙂

  3. melissa
    April 17, 2013

    Hi Jana!

    Statice grows all over the coast, not a native but grows like a native. The Ca Poppies over here frequently start out as yellow and then turn orange.

    Next time you come over, go to Santa Margarita for a huge wildflower show.


    • cabinart
      April 18, 2013

      Thanks Melissa! I was hoping someone would answer my wonderings. . . I know nothing of Santa Margarita but might ask Mr. Google about it. Thank you for the tip.