The California Natives Garden, Descanso Gardens, June 3, 2017

Spring and Summer are my favorite time of year to explore the California Natives section of Descanso Gardens.  This garden was designed by Theodore Payne, an English horticulturist, landscape designer and botanist.  The California Natives Garden hosts the majestic Matilija poppies as well as sticky monkey flowers, sacred datura, California poppies, woolly blue curls, California buckwheat, and Cleveland sage just to name a few.  There is always something new to learn and discover here, and today was a beautiful day to capture some of its splendor.

 California Poppies

California Poppies

 Oak

Oak

 Sacred Datura

Sacred Datura

 Sticky Monkey Flower

Sticky Monkey Flower

 Sticky Monkey Flower

Sticky Monkey Flower

 Woolly Blue Curls

Woolly Blue Curls

Vivamus pellentesque vitae neque at vestibulum. Donec efficitur mollis dui vel pharetra.
— Hope K.
 honey bee on Matilija Poppy

honey bee on Matilija Poppy

 California Poppy

California Poppy

 Yarrow and Matilija Poppy

Yarrow and Matilija Poppy

 California Buckwheat

California Buckwheat

 Apache Plume

Apache Plume

 California Poppy and Sacred Datura

California Poppy and Sacred Datura

 Penstemon

Penstemon

 Cabbage White

Cabbage White

 Honey Bee on Matilija Poppy

Honey Bee on Matilija Poppy