More Springtime Flowers

Cymbidium Orchids

Daffodils from Trader Joe's

Gateway to Springtime

'Fourth of July' rose

'William Shakespeare 2000' rose

'Black Baccara' rose

'Windermere' of the heavenly fragrance

'French Lace' rose

'Gemini' rosebud

'Altissimo' climber (red); 'Tuscan Sun' at its base; 'Brass Band' to the right.

'Fabulous!' rose, and it is. 

'Top Notch' blooms right down to the ground

One of the last Aloe blooms of the winter season--'Fire Ranch'

Another of the late Aloes, A. camperi

Hummingbirds have been at the Calothamnus villosus

'Marilyn Monroe' rose, so perfectly named.  Gorgeous, with serious issues. 

I thought about going to a garden seminar yesterday, deciding instead to stay home and enjoy the garden.  So many garden events and sales at this time of year, exactly when the garden is at its most beautiful and we want most to be out in it.  Oh, the irony. 

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  1. I especially like the shots through gateways showing the whole picture, perfectly lovely; the daffodils from TJs, nice wreaths in winter, too, they do seasons right; the MM comment; Brass Band caught my eye again! I'm liking roses more and more these days, they have so much to give.

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    1. They do give a lot and don't take as much water as lawn, even less if given a thick fluffy mulch. BB has been a great rose. Slow to establish, it turned out to be worth the wait.

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  2. It really is lovely Hoover. I love 'Black Baccara', such depth of colour.

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    1. Thank you, Rusty. BB has very deep strong color, though the flowers are on the small side.

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  3. So much colour and vibrancy in your garden Gail, no wonder you opted to stay!

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    1. It was a lovely day, there were butterflies everywhere.

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  4. My goodness, I'd stay home too! Your garden is a springtime fantasy. Such beautiful roses - what are you feeding them? I have 4th of July also, but its still too early for blooms here. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. You've created a gem!
    Suzanne

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    1. I don't feed them that much, only the ones that look a little tired and appear to need a boost. Whatever I have on hand, citrus food, lawn food (since I got rid of the lawn), bulb food (too lazy to plant bulbs) fish emulsion, stuff like that. Thanks, glad you liked the pictures!

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  5. Orchids growing in the ground? Are you trying to torture us?

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    1. No, no, they are in pots of orchid mix. They do live outside year round. Cymbidiums are from higher altitudes in Southeast Asia, so they like cool nights (40s-50s-60s) and warm days (60s-70s-80s)--which is exactly what coastal Southern California has to offer. Funny how that worked out. They go back into plant exile once they finish blooming, tucked into shade behind the Hydrangeas, because without the flowers, they have no beauty.

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  6. Gorgeous! Every time I see your garden, I think of running out to buy more rose bushes but I expect it more be more prudent to invest my time in taking better care of the ones I've already got. So true about the timing of local garden events, especially as the warmer weather seems to result in earlier and earlier spring blooms - all these events should be shoved back into February and early March!

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    1. Or in August, when it's too hot to anything but sit in the house and sulk.

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  7. Hasn't the Garden Conservancy ever approached you? Your garden is just exactly the kind of thing they love to have on their tours!

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    1. It's not at that level. Maybe someday, but not yet!

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    2. Oh, I've babysat a number of their gardens over the years - yours is definitely at their level!

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  8. I'll have the rose thing going on in another week or so. 3 more inches of rain would be welcome..not counting on it. Your garden looks fabulous Hoov !

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    1. Thanks! The rose thing is about 3 weeks early here. Oh, for more rain! 90F tomorrow. :(

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  9. If your garden isn't tour-worthy, I don't know what is. These photos are straight out of a dream. Can't get over the roses!

    Two plant sales this weekend -- UCR Botanic Gardens and Rancho Santa Ana -- and I'm just loopy enough with plant-lust at this point that I may try to make them both :~/

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  10. Gorgeous flowers and roses dear Hoover, your garden is so beautiful.
    xoxoxo ♡

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