Persistence of the Native Flora
The Dickie field, opposite the front gate at Little Oak, is now full of flowering Eschscholtzia californica, although the land has been cut close with the mower for hay. Asclepias Mexicana is in the orchard at Little Oak, in spots cultivated seventy hears. Grindelia camporum persists only along the uncultivated lanes. _ June 1934.
-Echiocystis fabacea flourishes along the east lane orchard fence. It is doubtless disseminated by squirrels.
Fig. _Every man sitting under his own fig tree. Fig mentioned in Bible 43 times.
The almond, like the fig came to us from Mexico, with the Spanish missionaries. It is an ancient orchard tree since it goes back to the earlier times in the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates. Blossoming the first of the orchard trees it was a symbol of the coming of the spring. See Standard
-cont. p. 176
-cf. range of Whipplea. See note at bottom of page. See index in back.
-cf. F.B. 56:28.
-Each season had its own peculiar charm or its own interest. After the rains of November, December and January, the native plants began to flourish in the orchard, coming up n a rank lush growth that seemed to tell a strange story of curious mystery. A few flowered early. Red Maids put forth its brilliant carmine lips; the native cloves still had a place, in low wet places there were Nemophilias and Downingias; and the alien Shepherd_s Purse kept company with the Tongue-grass of the same family in early flowering. There was about all this, in the way in which the bare brown earth, after the hard ways of winter was so soon covered with tender living things, there was something strange and yet ineffably alluring, something far-away and eerie and yet friendly and lovely. At times even more than lovely. The Red Maids sometimes colorized the whole earth beneath the bare orchard trees and spread over the ground a sheet of crimson, which by contrast became entrancingly beautiful when he prune trees, tired of winter and not to be outdone by such color, glorified the scene by mantling all their branches with millions of white petals.
-Native trees. cf. Vaca Mts. As to Redwood or Yellow Pine border plants, or as to coastal plants. _ cf. F.B. 53:193.