Spring 2017 brings with it an intense mission: seed collection. I’m collecting Lasthenia (Common goldfields) seed from sites across California for a common garden project. Basically, most of my time these days is spent chasing fields of gold. I’m specifically looking for Lasthenia gracilis and Lasthenia californica species. If you know of any patches of Goldfields near you, please let me know – I may just need to come visit!
The “super bloom” we are having this year brings a wonderful opportunity to collect seed, but it is also a bit overwhelming. I am dealing with the stress of visiting sites with perfect timing: not too early that there are no ripe seeds, but not too late that I can no longer see the patches. It is wonderful to explore all of the gorgeous wildflower displays this year though!