Sunday, April 16, 2017

Garden Blogger Bloom Day April 2017

It has indeed been a wet winter. In fact, it has been the wettest rain season on record in 122 years of record keeping. The drought has been officially declared over...for this year anyway. Parts of the Central Valley are still low on ground water and will be for years even if the rain keeps up for the next few winters. But as far as day-to-day living, things have eased up. And the garden has responded.


Nigella, backed by lavandula Otto Quast, is just beginning to bloom. This year I will be even more vigilant in removing seed heads before the seeds ripen. No one needs this many nigella. They are everywhere. A lovely thing but one that might need to be tempered in the future.


I am so excited that aquilegia yabeana, a Japanese species, is blooming. It is a pretty addition to all the yellow aquilegia chrysantha which has spread itself around. I am hoping the yabeana feels just as welcome.


I just love borage. To nibble, in salads, and the way it looks in photos. There is something about that fuzz that I really like.


Alstroemeria is beginning to bloom, and no...those leaves do not go with these blooms. They belong to another alstroemeria that is not yet blooming.



Felicia Tight and Tidy is a prolific bloomer and provides a swath of blue for months.


The bearded iris are the happiest they have been in years. I guess they really do need a little winter water. 




Scabiosa backed by candytuft with a few of those nigella coming up in their midst.


Pelargonium graveolens, rose scented geranium, is blooming along the driveway. It does well in what will be a hot spot someday. When the rain stops. (not complaining)


The first of the passiflora blooms have opened and I am hoping to see some gulf fritillaries soon. They are always here in the summer in varying numbers; some years there are clouds of them, some just a decent turnout. I am not sure what determines that.


My first eschscholtzia californica Rose Chiffon bloom. I am hoping to have them spread and return yearly. With a rainy winter all things seem possible.


A passalong geum as well as several other geums have added a warmer tone to the pinks and purples that are more pronounced right now.


Digiplexis Illumination Raspberry seems to have decided it likes it here and has returned exuberantly. 


Next winter's limes are just beginning.


Freesia laxa has begun to make a nice little colony along the front path. Thanks to Cindy from My Corner of Katy for giving me these and forgiving me for asking multiple times what the name is.  I promise to try to remember this time!



Rosa Flower Girl is one of the oldest plants in my garden and just keeps going. I love the pink spring blooms...the summer blooms bleach out and are almost white. Pretty too, but the pink is the best!


I was so disappointed that the orthrosanthus multiflorus have each sent up just one bloom stalk. Until I went back and checked and realized it is a summer bloomer. So there is hope of many more of these!



Strawberry blooms and babies...can't wait!



This honeybee is enjoying the loganberries and I hope to enjoy some this summer. Last year they dried out almost as soon as they began to ripen.


Last but not least...the beginnings of the spring fig crop with its hidden-inside inverted flower.

Elsewhere all the abutilons, the couple other climbing roses, allysum, heucheras, some salvias, hardy geraniums, pelargoniums, and more are blooming. This really is our big Central Valley bloom time as many of the spring/early summer bloomers overlap. For blooms elsewhere head over to May Dreams Gardens where you can find links to many gardens also celebrating spring! 





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Blogger Bloom Day March 2017


Today is Garden Blogger Bloom Day and my garden is participating wholeheartedly. The winter rains have encouraged plants and gardener to come out and enjoy a "normal" spring and all are taking advantage of that encouragement.



Two pots of tulips opened their blooms for the first time today. These pots are easy to move into view when they are in bloom and will be moved back to the side yard afterwards to be stored unwatered until next winter's rain has them return for another round. This routine has worked for several years and has given the best tulip results in my garden.


My cymbidium orchid 'Ivy Fung' began blooming a week ago...I am so happy that it has a bloom and that I did not snap it off before it opened as I may have done last year. It was carefully moved from the nanogreenhouse to the patio table and I have been very cautious this time!


Several of the begonias, also newly freed from the nanogreenhouse, have opened their small blooms. I grow these more for the foliage but appreciate the blooms as well.



This loropetalum has bloomed for several weeks and coordinates well with its neighbor...


camellia 'Chandler Elegans'.


This scabiosa hybrid has bloomed a bit all winter and continues to do so as the weather warms up.


Leucojum aestivum is tucked here and there in the garden and so there have been blooms for weeks; as one area fades another begins. 


The favas with their pretty blossoms are in full bloom promising a yummy pasta dinner in the future.



Verbena lilacena De La Mina is coming into bloom. It is supposed to be a favorite of pollinators so I am happy that it has settled in since last year.


Here and there little muscari have popped up. I need to remember to get some more and increase them more quickly than they seem to be doing on their own.


The nectarine tree has lots of blooms this year, just like the plum, 



peach, and pear. Hoping the winter rain means lots of fruit! 


However, we will have strawberries long before we see the stone fruit.


Antirrhinum majus Chantilly Peach is just starting to open. Supposedly an annual it has stick around now for over a year and looks like it plans to stay a bit longer



Freesias of many hues have just started blooming this week too. They smell so good!


For more beautiful blooms visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens where you can also see more about her brand new book! 



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Garden Blogger Bloom Day February 2017


What an amazingly different winter this has been! Or maybe its just what I would have considered a normal winter 6 or 7 years ago. Rain, rain, and more rain! Only part way through our rainy season and we are 4 inches ahead of our yearly average...and way ahead of what we have had the last few years. The California reservoirs are pretty much full and  thus far the failed dam crisis has been averted. My water saver cans (7 plastic garbage cans totaling 300 gallons) are already full of rain water. And the hillsides are green! In the garden blooms are everywhere...from the fringe flower, loropetalum chinense,  to the borage that hasn't stopped blooming for months.


The camellias have more blooms than they have for years which tells me that perhaps they like winter water. Haha.


Narcissi of all sorts from small...


...to larger...


...larger...


...larger...


are coming into bloom.


This passalong grape scented iris has bloomed in various parts of the garden for a couple months. Not sure what the rush is this year but maybe the rain has it confused.


More appropriately, the summer snowflakes which were divided and spread around last year are also blooming in small clumps.


And the hellebores are happier than they have been in a while. Well...so is this gardener! 




For more blooms on this Garden Blogger Bloom Day visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens where she is kicking off the 11the year of hosting this fun event!