This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Eschscholtzia Californica is of low growth. An ambitious specimen has clambered up within a privet hedge growing on my lot, and, after sending out a number of its golden flowers to decorate the hedge's vertical side, has finally pushed one through its semi-horizontal top, a distance of four feet from the ground. Near by, and likewise utilizing the hedge as a support, a China rose is blooming, the large wine-red flowers of which make quite as striking and fine a contrast as the Eschscholtzia with the deep green foliage of the privet.
Briza media, said by Watson, in his Botany of California, to be but sparingly introduced into this State, is found in great abundance in this vicinity. Native children gather it in large bunches and sell it, some of the bunches being a foot or over in height.
In the official Botany of California Hypericum anagalloides is mentioned as occurring in moist places from San Francisco to the British boundary. The grassy lawn of my dwelling house lot, here in Santa Cruz, is from ninety to one hundred miles south of San Francisco, and the plant may be found growing on it in three or four places and patches, only one such being noticed a year ago. Being below the knife of the mower, the plant is only removable by the hand. Its seeds are probably distributed by the rake, or by adhering to the shoes when moist with dew.
The height of Heuchera micrantha is said to be in the Botany of California, from one to two feet. Specimens growing in my yard are as high as, or higher than, the privet hedge, close to which they are growing, the hedge's height being four feet. The pale, yellowish panicled scapes of this plant are very effective against the dark foliage of the hedge. I have nothing prettier in my flower borders. Santa Cruz, Cal.