Encelia farinosa sketch

By |2018-10-12T12:43:59-08:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification|

Just a sketch to understand the parts and pieces, ray flowers and disc flowers... Draw the mid-vein first... understand the leaf... no... be the leaf... I am the leaf...=] Done in Photoshop first to get all the references into a Frankenstein-esque beginning. [...]

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Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus schottii) Details

By |2020-08-06T15:49:23-08:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , |

It's hard to see or describe what's going on inside an Indigo Bush (Psorothamnus schottii) flower. Probably because it's hidden inside the keel of the flower. But you'll definitely notice the bright orange anthers sticking out against the deep blue/purple of the petals. [...]

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Design: Nemacladus Rubescens

By |2019-07-19T09:41:54-08:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flower Design|Tags: , , , , , |

The second design in the botanical illustration series of desert flowers: Nemacladus rubescens. This tiny flower sure does pack a punch! Nemacladus rubescens There is SO much going on with this little flower. Just check out the Jepson Herbarium's description of [...]

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Nemacladus tenuis

By |2019-08-07T17:01:57-08:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , |

If we could have a small area in our garden dedicated to Nemacladus, including Nemacladus tenuis, we would! These little wildflowers have A LOT of personality. Nemacladus tenuis, close up These pictures don't do it justice, but the Nemacladus rubescens [...]

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Nemacladus glanduliferus

By |2019-08-07T17:02:05-08:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , |

As with all tiny flowers, the Nemacladus glanduliferus was hard to capture on camera, especially with an iPhone camera! The lightest breeze or breath will send it quivering. But it sure is pretty. It seems that all the flowers in this genus [...]

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Fagonia laevis flower

By |2019-03-09T12:47:39-08:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , |

Who would've thought that this little shrub would pack such a punch in terms of fragrance! Fagonia laevis, a native to California, is a cousin of the Creosote bush. It blooms from March to May and grows in a most symmetrical pattern. Fagonia [...]

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There’s no flower like Snowflower, like no flower I know…

By |2019-03-09T12:47:50-08:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Desert Gallery, Flowers of San Jacinto|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Snow flower, or Snow plant, (Sarcodes sanguinea) inhabits mountainous regions from Oregon down to California. They are found growing near conifers as a parasitic plant that derives nutrients from the mycorrhizal fungi attached to the roots of trees. We normally see them [...]

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The Big Fagonia

By |2018-11-27T23:10:19-08:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: Botanical Identification, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A botanical geometry, by a maniacal geoffrey. Fagonia laevis (California fagonbush) has this awesome branching method with two leaves on the outside, followed inwardly by two sub-stalks, and then a bud/inflorescence/infructescence. Some of the pictures I've taken show two anthers out of eight [...]

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