This is a photo of Euphorbia Martinii. It's striking blossoms are long lasting, and make excellent cut flowers. The plant is drought tolerant and poisonous to gophers. Euphorbias are native to Europe and the Mediterranean.

Although spring has not technically arrived yet, many native plants are blooming. Above is a pink-flowering currant (ribes sanguineum). This shrub is native to the coast ranges of California, but it thrives in a garden setting as well.

Here is a red flowering variety of Fava Bean. I was given some of these seeds by Maile Arnold, who originally paid a dollar per seed, but has been saving them for years.

A Daffodil