Wednesday, December 23, 2015

California Christmas Cards

If I were ever to get off my lazy butt and send out real Christmas cards again to all my wonderful family & friends, here are some of my California native plant pics that might make the cover.

What do you think? Which one(s) do you want on your card?

more and more indian warrior
Indian Warrior, Pedicularis densiflora, that blooms as early as January

black oak leafing out
Fresh new spring leaves of deciduous Black Oak, Quercus kelloggii

snow plant
Snow Plant, Sarcodes sanguinea, a parasite that comes up with snow melt

red elderberries
Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa, good for Christmas color and wine!

cal indian pink
California Indian Pink, Silene laciniata ssp. californica, a lovely native carnation

spice bush
Spice Bush, Calycanthus occidentalis, an endemic and relic shrub from dinosaur days

rose gall
A Rose Gall Wasp gall on Ground Rose, Rosa spithamea (yes, that's a gall!)

scarlet beardtongue
Scarlet Beardtongue, Keckiella corymbosa, a shrub that's a hummingbird favorite

manzanita red
Live Manzanita wood - aka "refrigerator bush" :)

summer ornaments
California Gooseberries, Ribes californicum, still on after leaf drop like ornaments

bristlecone pine male cones
The red male flowers on an ancient Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva

And, of course, Christmasberry, Heteromeles arbutifolia, a classic December treat

Merry Christmas everyone. May safe travels, warm fireplaces and the laughter of friends and family be overflowing for you this season, and for many years to come.