by Jane Callier
A beautiful, easy to grow California native flower is Clarkia amoena. This clarkia is also known as “Farewell to Spring”, “Mountain Garland”, and “Godetia”.
For Napa County, starting to grow seeds in mid-to-late February is probably not too early. Good advice is to try not to plant too early to avoid problems like tall, gangly seedlings trying to reach the sun. Once you have established some plants, you probably will not have to sow seed again because the plant readily reseeds. My problem is that I am too eager to plant. If you can wait, you can also sow the seed directly in your flower bed when the soil can be worked in spring.
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