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Garden Plotting: Tarheel Tips for SoCal Seed Sowers

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It's 83 degrees where I've parked myself and the laptop. It's a little muggy from a marine layer burn off--this could be a sleepy version North Carolina with bad bar-b-que. But it's So Cal. We can pretend awhile with the next invited garden writer and her 2011 planting list favorites. It's Helen Yoest [Twitter] of Tarheel Gardening. She generously shared her must-haves from her own backyard planting scheme.

I noticed Eschsholzia california right away, and even this ADHD-prone, remedial learner knows that that's the California Poppy. It's an excellent choice for "gardeners in Silver Lake that would rather be drinking a PBR" as it is self-sowing. Self-sowing means that shit plants itself, yo! So you don't have to keep reading weak-ass Martha Stewart garden columns like this one for inspiration. And while we haven't overtly offended the California Native Plant Bee-atches, the Theodore Payne Foundation would be quite happy if you followed Helen's Tarheel lead and plant the Golden State's state flower.

Also on the list: Popaver sonniferm. That's the "unofficial national flower of Afghanistan" so maybe my hipster with PBR in hand will, after all, have a reason to continue reading this column. In California, state law allows you to grow, but not "harvest," this botanical, educational specimen. Okaaaay.