Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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Ancil Hoffman Park

Here's another old set of photographs that I never got around to posting before. In July 2007, I visited Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael (the suburb of Sacramento that I grew up in) because it has a small native plant garden with labels for each species, and I wanted to see what each species looked like in person.

I apologize for the obvious fakeness of the pond.

The yarrow (Achillea millefolium) had turned brown for the summer. It's much prettier earlier in the season, as I photographed it at Pine Hill last May. The two brighter green, flowerless stalks in the foreground are bush monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus).

This redbud tree (on the left) was right at the entrance to the garden. Maybe mine will look like this someday!

Here's another redbud tree, farther into the garden.

This soap lily (Chlorogalum pomeridanium) had finished flowering and reduced itself to mere green sticks.

This California fuchsia (Epilobium canum) was growing below a redbud. I currently have two of these alive in my garden, and one dead.

This plant wasn't labeled, but I believe it's Mojave buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciulatum), which has died every time I've tried to grow it in my garden.

Here's an Oregon ash (Fraxinus latifolia).

The rather wilted, grasslike foliage is Douglas irises (Iris douglasii). I saw them with flowers at Bodega Bay last April. And I bought one, which survived for six months but didn't grow at all and eventually died.

Here is silver bush lupine, also past its flowering season. I saw it with flowers at Auburn State Recreation Area in April 2007. One of the two I planted in the back yard is surviving so far.

This is bush monkey flower, which has died once in my garden but currently seems to be doing just fine under the shade of the front porch. I saw it with flowers at Pine Hill last May.

The purple flower near the bottom is coyote mint, and the surrounding foliage is mostly monkeyflower. One coyote mint died in my garden, but I plan to try again. I also photographed coyote mint at Bowman Lake last August.

Here's some deergrass (Muhlenbergia rigens), looking rather greener than any of mine are at the moment. In fact, I think one of my four deergrasses died last month. It doesn't seem to have any green left on it anymore.

The shrub in this next picture is mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii ssp. californicus).

This tree is California sycamore (Platanus racemosa).

Some coffeeberries (Rhamnus californica ssp. tomentella) near the parking lot were covered with berries, which dangles from branches just above my head. I hope my coffeeberry grows this big someday.

Another coffeeberry further into the garden was looking much spindlier, probably from excessive shade. That's a fake Nisenan (Native American) hut in the background.

After I finished exploring the garden, I followed a trail down to the American River.

This plant was growing in the rocky area next to the river. It wasn't labeled, because it wasn't in the garden (the garden was on significantly higher ground), but I identified it as button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis).

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