• Western wildflowers from Wildseed Farms

    by  • July 29, 2010 • Fall

    Poppies and blue flax in spring 2010
    Poppies and blue flax in spring 2010

    Notes on Western Wildflower Mix in North Fork, CA (near Yosemite) Zone 7, 3000 ft.
     Seeds were purchased in fall 2005 from Wildseed Farm in Texas and planted here in North Fork, CA. Wildflower planting areas have been hand weeded and watered until July, then drip irrigated in some areas until fall rains. The persistence of some varieties, such as Rudbeckia, may be because of the seeds remaining viable for some years. Also, I have saved and sowed seeds for the last two years for these varieties: CA poppy and corn poppy, larkspur, blue flax, Indian Blanket, Plains Coreopsis, tickseed, rudbeckia. I found these easily collected. Here are the results over five years.

    Trying to take over the garden, but easily edited 
    2006 First spring after planting

    2006 First spring after planting

    Chrysanthemum maximum Shasta-Daisy
    Coreopsis lanceolata — Lance Leaf Coreopsis or Tickseed
    Rudbeckia hirta Black-Eyed-Susan 

    Comes every year in 12-15 places 

    Eschscholzia californica California Poppy
    Linum perenne lewisii Wild Blue Flax
    Nemophila maculata Five Spot
    Nemophila menziesii Baby Blue Eyes 

    Comes every year in 5-6 places 

    Centaurea cyanus — Bachelor Buttons, Cornflower
    Oenothera elata hookeri Hooker’s Evening Primrose
    Gaillardia pulchella — Indian Blanket
    Delphinium ajacis (Consolida ambigua) Rocket Larkspur
    Coreopsis tinctoria — Plains Coreopsis
    Clarkia amoena — Farewell to Spring

    2006 July-First summer after planting

    2006 July-First summer after planting

    Bloomed first year then disappeared 

    Silene armeria Sweet William Catchfly
    Papaver rhoeas Corn Poppy
    Lupinus succulentus Arroyo, Hollowleaf or Succulent Lupine
    Erysimum cheiri Wallflower
    Linaria maroccana Toadflax or Baby Snapdragons 


    Rare appearance, if any, after the first year

    Dimorphotheca aurantiaca African-Daisy
    Linum grandiflorum var. rubrum — Scarlet Flax
    Phacelia campanularia California Bluebells 2

    Gloriosa Daisies, Rubeckia hirta in Summer 2007

    Gloriosa Daisies, Rubeckia hirta in Summer 2007



    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.