Farther on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cakes and hasty- pudding; and the yellow pumpkins lying beneath them, turning up their fair round bellies to the sun, and giving ample prospects of the most luxurious of pies; and anon he passed the fragrant buckwheat
fields breathing the odor of the beehive, and as he beheld them, soft anticipations stole over his mind of dainty slap-jacks, well buttered, and garnished with honey or treacle, by the delicate little dimpled hand of Katrina Van Tassel.
Yes, this is a relative of the very same annual buckwheat whose seeds are made into flour used in pancake mixes, although none of the buckwheats could be mistaken for wheat, oats or any other cereal crop.
The only survivors were natives that grow right around Porter Ranch where I live: coyote brush, roses, buckwheat, some native grasses.
1 -- 2 -- color) Buckwheat, right, Ceanothus, above, are good native plants for the hot L.
COLORFUL SURPRISES AWAIT you next summer if you plant buckwheats this fall.
The smaller buckwheats are excellent as color accents, in rock gardens, in containers, or in dry borders.
Once established, all buckwheats can survive on rainfall alone, but many--especially the colorful kinds shown here--are usually more attractive and flowerful if watered occasionally in summer.
For yellow flowers, try coreopsis with its daisylike flowers, or buckwheats
like Eriogonum umbellatum, the ``sulphur buckwheat
'' that grows in a neat clumping form.
Some of the showy buckwheats
(eriogonum), nightshades (solanum) and many salvias like salvia clevelandii or apiana will also be flowering soon.
Many plants, among them buckwheats and other California natives, started blooming later than usual this year.
Last year, I visited Tarweed Native Plant Nursery in Chatsworth and came home with an intriguing, little plant known as saffron buckwheat - ``Conejo Valley'' saffron buckwheat, to be precise.