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GUEST COLUMN: Recognize this Wildflower?

Marco Jim Booman

Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis. Photo: Marco Jim Booman

By James L. Booman (or as he's known on Facebook, Marco Jim Booman).

"Recognize this wildflower?"

That's how Jim Booman began a post of a photo of the yellow flower seen above on his Facebook wall recently. Jim has been a presenter to the San Diego Horticultural Society twice in the past and if you aren't his friend on Facebook already you should be! Send him a friend request here*F*F-R&eid=ARD-M5ET2_W82XLKSdpKnwh53mO5dNiIUZLn5RjRyQwNY1VSmk9HV0qZ3fvtq4rQTuzjHyMbjUFiE9xZ&tn-str=*F

Here's the wonderful story he posted -

"I have wonderful memories of this (wildflower) as a child in Idaho. Nancy O'Brien would host "flower opening" barbeque parties in her backyard in summer as the flower buds were swelling. Adults would visit while we kids would sit patiently on the lawn beside these plants. Then the magic happened. Right before our eyes, the petals would unfurl, around 4 or 5 pm. On subsequent evenings, adults became more impatient about delaying dinner until the flowers opened. So, Mr. O'Brien would tug the sepals a bit, allowing the flowers to open faster. Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis, a common wildflower native to the Central and Eastern states of the US. They naturalize easily in other places, like this freeway entrance in Mission Valley, CA, growing, blooming, thriving with nothing but neglect and natural rainfall."


James L. Booman, CEO, Booman Floral, Inc.

30 years ago Jim built and he still manages Booman Floral, a 300,000 sq. ft. greenhouse production company specializing in rare and unusual plants in Vista, CA.

He coordinates the planting and shipping of 2,000,000 plants per week in a 120,000 sq. ft. propagation area.

Over the years Booman Floral has obtained 20+ patents and multiple trademarks. They obtained the first patent for a Carnivorous Plant hybrid for commercial use: "Cobra Nest" and also created the world's largest production of Carnivorous Plants. Booman Floral also specializes in Rex Begonias with 21 patents to their credit.


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