Sunday, May 01, 2011

California Sea Lavender

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California Sea Lavender ( Limonium Californicum) Lining the Trail fromTorrey Pines to Del Mar
California Sea lavender is a species of sea lavender that is native to western North America from Oregon to Baja California. This plant thrives on coastal habitat such as beaches, salt marshes, coastal prairie and other sandy and alkaline habitats.
Limonium Californicum or California Sea Lavender, Mission Bay, San Diego
Sea lavender blooms are usually seen with other coastal wildflowers such as coreopsis or sunny flowers.
Tidy Tips and Sea Lavender
Sea lavender and varieties of Coreopsis growing on coastal bluffs
Sea lavender usually display a color of blue-lavender shade, the early bloom is usually more of bluish shade and the color becomes more purple as the blooms mature. 
Blue or Purple? Different Shades of Sea Lavender
Sea lavender blooms last a lot longer than most varieties of other wildflowers seen in the coast. Some bloom as early as late fall, and some others bloom as late as late summer, making it appear like sea lavender blooms all year long. However, the peak bloom of this plant is at spring, it is at this time of the year where about 90% of the sea lavender blooms at the same time making the trail looks like a field of purple dreams, breathing lavender scented air. 
Whenever I walk through the midst of these lavender fields, how I wish I can share my piece of simple joy to some of my friends who loves nature, wildflowers, lavender, and purple. Whenever I think of purple, I think of Icy of Dances and Dreams, and whenever I think of lavender, I think of my The Salitype Society sisters, Tes of The Craftista and Maricar of Flip-flops and Backpack. Lately, I've learned Cher of Sweet Memoirs loves lavender too. Well, who doesn't? I love lavender too, though not as much when these sea lavender turns to pink because it means they are nearing towards the end of their bloom :(
Hmmmm, did some of these lavender turned pink? :)
These are the older blooms of sea lavender, the bluish shade gives way to purple
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21 comments:

  1. I wish I were there, Betchai! It's just so gorgeous, and I can "smell it" through cyber space :-) What a view to see!

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  2. My wildflower sightings are nothing compared to these! I wish they are still there the second week of May for the Torrey Pines Festival. My group will be coming....

    San Diego offers a lot of diversified beauty.

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  3. A field of dreams, a field of flowers. How lovely is it to drown yourself in such wonderful nature?

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  4. So the old wilting lavender will turn pinkish?

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  5. peace place , wish i was there too . enjoy the view and the flower .

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  6. Your pictures of the flowers are so great. I keep wishing I could find a place like that here one day.

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  7. Betchai, you seem to be swallowed up in a glorious mass of color! It is just so spectacularly beautiful...and so are you! Even I wouldn't mind getting out an walking ( a little bit ) in such a place of beauty!

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  8. That is pretty spectacular! It looks like a garden.

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  9. thanks for flooding my day with your sea lavender. it lives up to its name literally and figuratively. ;)

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  10. I think of you when I see mountains.

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  11. what a wonderful place, looks like you are walking at the garden of Eden...

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  12. This field of flowers is truly heaven on earth, and your terrific photos show just that. How gorgeous to take it all in and imagine the wonder of nature.

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  13. I love lavender. Those flowers are so beautiful.

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  14. Betchai, I can barely see you amongst all of that beautiful lavendar. What gorgeous shots, so full of color and life.

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  15. I love the smell of lavender. Your hike must have been pleasantly fragrant.

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  16. I love lavender smell and color. It is so soft and delicate.

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  17. yes i think they turned pink:).....love yah Betchai!

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  18. Everything about these photos I love---the color, the mood, the subject. Lavender flowers are a delight to me...simple things like these can pick me up from a downer.

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  19. I am constantly amazed at how beautiful the world is through your pictures!!

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  20. Going fishing on a charter boat out of Oxnard in California and they are going for Barracuda and Sea Bass. I know they use live bait and sometimes squid. Any information that would help to increase my chances of catching barracude or sea bass?How to Catch California Barracuda and Sea Bass?Thanks

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