May Flowers at the Nursery

May is a wonderfully busy time for a native plant nursery.  Plant orders are going out, customers are coming in, lots of transplanting is underway… and it is too easy to get wrapped up in the pressing needs to not see and appreciate the beauty that is developing all around.

Blue flax (Linum lewisii)

It’s difficult for me to make time to photograph or write about the growth and developments happening every week at Derby Canyon Natives.  Fortunately, Erin Carlson is an employee this spring who, among her many talents, is also a fine photographer.  I asked her to take some time on a recent morning to capture with her camera some of the nursery plants at this stage of the season, and I’m very happy she has shared these images with me, and you.

A honeybee visits the blossoms in our patch of prostrate ceanothus (Ceanothus prostratus)

New seedlings of tall Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium)

The new growth, or “candles”, on one-year old Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Siskiyou lewisia (Lewisia cotyledon)

The flowers of common camas (Camassia quamash) in our little “Camas Meadow”, with my pear orchard in the mid ground view

A new seedling of Garry oak (Quercus garryana) in one of the hoop houses

Young leaves on our bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum)

Thank you, Erin!

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