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Flowers in a February California native garden

These were complied from my photos in the month of February in our native garden.
A lot of these photos are manzanitas as many flower at the beginning of the year and in spring.

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Arctostaphylos manzanita x densiflora, Austin Griffiths Manzanita did ok in up to a foot of snow. Hummingbirds were still working the flowers. - grid24_6
Austin Griifith's Manzanita flowers from late December in early March and commonly experiences snow here.
Bushtits are really cute eating the flowers of Arctostaphylos manzanita x densiflora, Austin Griffiths Manzanita - grid24_12
Under the leaves where there are flowers out of the snow, Austin Griifith's Manzanita is alive with birds and butterflies. Yea, California, butterflies in the snow.
Arctostaphylos Baby Bear Manzanita Bush with a Mourning Cloak Butterfly. Butterflies are one of the pollinators of manzanitas. - grid24_6
Baby Bear Manzanita Bush grows into a very small little bush, unless it gets water, then it could play football.
Arctostaphylos Baby Bear Manzanita Bush covered with snow. No damage - grid24_12
Baby Bear Manzanita Bush in one of our snow storms. A week later it looked like the other photo, honest.
Arctostaphylos crustacea, Brittleleaf Manzanita  - grid24_12
Brittleleaf Manzanita is a little obscure but we have had in in the garden.
Arctostaphylos densiflora, Sentinel Manzanita works well as a low hedge or foundation plant. - grid24_12
Sentinel Manzanita is the best insect plant we have. The predatory flies and other insects love it, as do the hummingbirds.
Arctostaphylos Ian Bush with an Anna Hummingbird. This manzanita is easy in most of coastal California. - grid24_12
Ian Bush manzanita grows very fast into a 5 ft. plant, then very slowly to maybe 6 ft.. Great as a hedge plant.
Arctostaphylos insularis, Island manzanita in a Nipomo native garden. - grid24_12
Island Manzanita is a clean little bush.
Arctostaphylos La Panza - grid24_12
La Panza manzanita is gray with many white flowers.
Arctostaphylos Mama Bear Manzanita flowers - grid24_12
Mama Bear Manzanita is another great hedge plant.
Snow on Arctostaphylos Mama Bear Manzanita. The flowers had hummingbirds working them. - grid24_12
I'll stop showing the February snow scenes, but here is Mama Bear. Our storms are fast and there was a hummingbird working the flowers where there was no snow.
Arctostaphylos mariposa,  Mariposa Manzanita has masses of pink flowers on gray foliage. - grid24_12
Mariposa Manzanita has great nectar.

The Quail foraging in the snow.

Arctostaphylos obispoensis San Luis Obispo Manzanita Serpentine Manzanita flowers - grid24_12
San Luis Obispo Manzanita is a small, very gray shrub.
A closeup of the form of Greenleaf manzanita around Big Bear. - grid24_12
Greenleaf Manzanita grows in the mountains and in our garden.
Arctostaphylos pechoensis, Pecho manzanita, showing the clasping leaves. - grid24_12
Pecho Manzanita looks prehistoric.
Arctostaphylos pechoensis, Margarita's Joy with Hummingbird - grid24_12
Arctostaphylos pechoensis Margarita's Joy is a miniature bush with red bark and white flowers.
An Anna's Hummingbird working the flowers of Mexican manzanita - grid24_12
Mexican Manzanita grows to about 6 feet.
This is a beautiful groundcover manzanita for most of coastal Caliofnria - grid24_12
Lompoc Manzanita makes an unique California groundcover.
Arctostaphylos rainboensis is a nice little shrub that can be used as a low mounding shrub or high groundcover. - grid24_12
Rainbow Manzanita makes a high groundcover.
 Arctostaphylos refugioensis, Refugio Manzanita with Anna Hummingbird in a natural setting created in your yard. - grid24_12
Refugio Manzanita can be used as a formal border or knee high groundcover.
Arctostaphylos silvicola, Ghostly Manzanita flowers and bark. - grid24_12
Santa Cruz Manzanita is gray, so gray it turns white in moon light.
Arctostaphylos Sonoma Manzanita Bush Stanford Manzanita - grid24_12
Sonoma Manzanita Bush looks like a small Baby Bear.
This manzanita makes a nice clean little bush - grid24_6
Napa Manzanita is the perfect size of a neighborly hedge.
The flower of Sunset manzanita are pleasant. Not showy, but pleasant. - grid24_12
Sunset Manzanita is one of our mainstays.
Calystegia macrostegia, California  Morning Glory - grid24_12
California Morning Glory flowers for much of the year.
The white form of Buckbrush on w hillside in interior San Luis Obispo county. - grid24_6
Buckbrush is a great nectar sources for the small wildlife.
Sorry, an old picture of Maritime mountain lilac in full flower. This was in a landscape south of Cambria with no water, full bluff exposure. The plants were blasted by wind and salt spray. (The first week the irrigation flags we were using to mark the plants blew off, just the wire stake left.) Behind are the plants  Salvia spathacea and  Baccharis Pigeon Point. The Ceanothus maritimus is covering the ground only a few inches tall. - grid24_12
Maritime California Lilac is a flat groundcover.
Ceanothus Yankee Point in a parking lot. This is probably the most popular ground cover in California. - grid24_12
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis Yankee Point is one of the few natives planted in the mall parking lots.
Here is a closeup of the inflorescence of Isomeris arborea, Bladderpod. - grid24_12
Bladderpod is always in flower.