Northern California, CA

Thanks Dave, I appreciate the time you took to do our California Forum with our very own state flower!! You are a Prince!

Hiouchi, CA(Zone 8b)

oh WOW doesn't do it justice :-)
Dave you are an amazing person

thanks from all of us Californians

Modesto, CA(Zone 8b)

Dave, we love you man.

K :~D

Garberville, CA(Zone 9a)


You are the best!

I love the new floral look at the top of the pages.


San Diego, CA(Zone 10a)

We could sing a rousing chorus of our state song (if anyone knew the words.)
Thanks Dave.

Crossville, TN

I love the California Poppies too...we have LOTS of them in bloom here in Arizona also. I have someone going to save me seeds as I don't have any luck with transplanting a clump of them into my yard. Jo

San Jose, CA(Zone 9a)

The new flowers look great on the top of the forums!!
Thank-you! Margie

Cambria, CA(Zone 10a)

Hey, I recognize those poppies. I loved your photo in the photo forum recently, Happenstance. This is a wonderful touch, Dave. You just keep smoothin' it all out.

Northern California, CA

Janice, you can be our song leader cause you definitely don't want to hear me sing!

California's official state song is "I Love You, California", written by F.B. Silverwood, a Los Angeles merchant. The words were subsequently put to music by Alfred Frankenstein, a former conductor for the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. It was the official song of expositions held in San Francisco and San Diego in 1915, and was played aboard the first ship to go through the Panama Canal. In 1951, the State Legislature passed a resolution designating it as California's state song. During the years following, several attempts were made to make other songs such as "California, Here I Come" the official state song. Finally, in 1988, "I Love You, Califomia" became the official state song by law.

Should you care to sing along.....here's a pretty awful midi file http://www.library.ca.gov/history/symbols/ca_song.mid

I Love You, California

I love you, California, you're the greatest state of all.
I love you in the winter, summer, spring and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore.
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.
Where the snow crowned Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o'er the valleys bloom,
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,
Every breeze bearing rich perfume.
It is here nature gives of her rarest. It is Home Sweet Home to me,
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.
I love your red-wood forests - love your fields of yellow grain.
I love your summer breezes and I love your winter rain.
I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine.
I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine.
I love your old gray Missions - love your vineyards stretching far.
I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar.
I love your purple sun-sets, love your skies of azure blue.
I love you, California; I just can't help loving you.
I love you, Catalina, you are very dear to me.
I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite.
I love you, Land of Sunshine, Half your beauties are untold.
I loved you in my childhood, and I'll love you when I'm old.

Northern California, CA

stellapathic - you have a good eye. Didn't Dave do a great job! He worked with the raw image from the camera and I think it is just beautiful.

Arroyo Grande, CA

Yes, and Texas doesn't have the state flower on their home page, are they next?

No. San Diego Co., CA(Zone 10b)

Dave, you are inspired. The new flower images are just beautiful and such a welcome sight when visiting DG.


Castro Valley, CA(Zone 9a)

Thank you so much Dave!!!! We love you and DG is the best site ever!

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