On this day in 2014 it was 85F and bone dry here. This year is much different. Three days of sun ahead, then according to the latest from NOAA:
Looks like we need a few more model runs to build any confidence for amounts and timing next week, but by next Sunday, count on having several more inches of rain under our belts, with more snow to brighten the mountain tops."
Wheee!!! Happy plants, happy gardener. No shortage of flowers due to no shortage of rain. The rose pruning, Salvia trimming, and clean up are going full speed during this dry interval. A pruning bouquet: 'Ambridge Rose', 'Lady Emma Hamilton', 'Easy Does It', and an errant Shasta daisy celebrating the rain:
Geranium 'Tiny Monster'
Nice but 'Rozanne' is still the champ here:
Prime time for Grevilleas. 'Superb':
'Peaches and Cream'
Aloes! A. ferox:
A. cameronii x A. hardyi (guessing):
Aloe marlothii's impressive candelabra has just appeared. The color of the stem reminds me of Arctostaphylos bark.
A close up of A. vanbalenii
The first from 'Moon Glow'
The new growth on Kalanchoe orgyalis is sporting tiny flowers:
The row of Agave desmetiana flowers are now about 8' tall
Flowers on Echeveria coccinea finally opened. The cool weather has slowed everything down except the gardener.
Gaillardia peeking through Leucadendron 'Ebony'
Huh. Is the Phylica blooming? Look at those little white starry shapes--are those flowers? Cool!
I will close with an out of season flower from Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'. Fred is celebrating, too.