Santa Monica Mountains Wildflowers

To be able to call the plants by name
makes them a hundredfold more sweet and intimate.
Naming things is one of the oldest and
simplest of human pastimes.

Henry Van Dyke in Little Rivers


Giant Coreopsis, Sea Dahlia                   Indian Paintbrush ~ Figwort Family
Sunflower Family


Wild Hyacinth ~ Amaryllis Family             Chocolate Lily ~ Lily Family

California Encelia ~ Bush Sunflower,  Sunflower Family

Wishbone Bush ~ Four O’Clock Family

Rattlesnake Weed ~ Spurge Family

Here comes Peter Cottontail!

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Easter’s on its way

And In the wonderful words of Swinburne –

Winter’s rains and ruins are over
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the Spring begins


The paths lead them in pleasant places who walk among the wild flowers.

March 1952  ~ John Kieran

Psalm 104: 24-25 ~

“O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures
living things both small and great.”

For more Wildflowers in Winter click here.

ht: quotes from  An Introduction to Wild Flowers by John Kieran

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage. I’m working on updating my blog posts very slowly.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

6 thoughts on “Santa Monica Mountains Wildflowers

  1. I just LOVE it when a blogger goes to the trouble of researching and providing the names of plants that they show on their posts. I learned all my California wildflower names while I was a Bluebird (a jr. camp fire girl) back in the early 1960s. I have never forgotten any of them! Thanks for bringing a bit of So. Calif spring to this San Diego native in exile.

  2. Oh, I enjoyed viewing your wildflowers. You must have had a lovely hike. I really like the quotes you found. Thank you you so much for being a part of wildflowers in winter.

  3. The wildflowers that we find are the best surprises ever and you found so many!! I greatly appreciate your walks and being able to see just some of what you see!

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  5. This is not only a visually beautiful post, but you brought together so many fitting quotes and included all the names of the flowers – very impressive. But most of all, very enjoyable to look at and to read. Thank you. I love little Peter Cottontail at the end too!

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