Bloom Day January

 Calandrinia spectabilis:
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Happy January Bloom Day!  As always, thanks to May Dreams Gardens Blog (link) for this delightful celebration.
 
There would be roses, but I've pruned early because of new pack members arriving soon.  There will be no gardening for a while when they arrive.
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So the roses look like this:
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Well, 'Iceberg' I got a little sloppy with.  I missed a bit of it:
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The Aloes are still blooming extravagantly, but I've posted a lot of them lately.  A couple of dainties instead.  Sedum
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A brand new plant for me, Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem', said to be yet another hummingbird attractor. 
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But I can't resist a couple more Aloe shots.  Cameronii which started out a deep bronze, went to red, then tangerine, is now growing golden:
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And marlothii will be spectacular soon:
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Comments

  1. Whew some beauties in this post. Seeds arrived, thank you! thank you so much! Thanks for the regular botanic adventures.

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  2. I enjoyed your garden tour and beautiful images as always. What is your puppy? It looks a little like my Samoyed when she was small.

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  3. Oh, the aloes weren't enough -- you had to post the Grevillea flowers. Wow! Amazing blooms!

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  4. What beautiful blooms in your garden this month. They are so different than what can be grown on our Zone 5b Lot. The Grevillea lanigera is truly exotic-looking. Happy GBBD!

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  5. That is the most adorable little puppy! And what a lot of interesting plants you are growing. I have calandrina in the coastal garden but have never tried it here in the valley, but I love that color. I think it is not frost tolerant. And I thought the aloe was kniphofia at first.
    All new to me! Happy Bloom Day!

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  6. You have some lovely blooms to share for GBBD. Your Grevillea is stunning. I'm always surprised when I see Grevilleas in other gardens around the world, although I know they do well in so many other countries.

    Loved your Iceberg and the Aloes are fantastic. Best of luck with those new pack members.

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  7. We had a Grevillea 'Coastal Gem' for awhile. Love those funky little flowers on it. And marlothii is spectacular. I have to say, I have yet to see one in person. They look magical.

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  8. That 'coastal gem' is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! I love its foliage and the curly blooms! They look a bit like snails. Great blooms. Enjoy your new family members!

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  9. @SGP, good growing with the seeds. Looking forward to seeing their flowers on your blog.

    @gwgt, Yes, Samoyed indeed. Woo-woo!

    @Alan thanks! Aren't they something?

    @jane, I enjoy 5b gardens because you can grow so many plants that we here in 9b can't.

    @dorothy, thanks! Calandrinia is supposed to be hardy to the mid-20sF. Such an easy easy plant. Happy GBBD!

    @Bernie H, so fun to see plants native to your climate that also grow here and look so remarkably the same.

    @Matti, I hope you see a blooming marlothii soon, they are like no other Aloe. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. @Holley, they do look like snails, don't they? I had to look at them for quite a while before I figured out what was going on there. The snail splits in two and the stamen (anther?) appears. Quite intricate. One thing that resembles a snail I'm happy to look at. The real thing: :(

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  11. That grevillea is so lovely, i thought it is only found in Australia! Your Aloe and marlothii i suppose will grow here too, but because our garden is small I can't just plant big spiny plants, but i always love to see it in yours. Lastly, i love that fluffy white flower on the planter, it looks so cute, if it's mine it will always be with my body!

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  12. Those succulents are to die for! How is it that I don't have any of those, have never even seen them?

    I had to search the Calandrinia spectabilis... That is too purdy!

    I've got to look into the cold hardiness of those charmers...

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  13. Do you have to pinch yourself everyday when you see all these fantastic plants and blooms.

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  14. You've got a lot of great botanical distractions, but I'm sure you'll be busier with your addition to the pack! It looks like you've got a lot to keep you busy for a while. Enjoy!

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  15. This will be my first spring in a while without calandrinia, but my neighbor has it now. It reads well from a distance too! Your aloe garden is really coming into its own. Happy bloom day (Puppies coming!)

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  16. @Andrea, thanks. That white rose 'Iceberg' is so reliable here. Always blooming.

    @Gardens-in-the-sand, the Calandrinia is hardy to mid-low 20sF.

    @greggo, they never cease to amaze me.

    @lost, I do have plenty of distractions, too many, I think.

    @Denise, you have so many amazing plants, and sometimes a neighbor's garden is as good as one's own. Almost. :)

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  17. Now I have a serious case of plant lust. That Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem' is gorgeous and, that lovely, slightly furry foliage makes it even better. Is the tiny puppy a new family member soon to be unleashed on the unsuspecting garden?? Your beautiful aloes will take it in stride!

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  18. Your pictures are all fantastic. I am not familiar with Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem' and think that it is especially pretty.

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  19. Even if for some unfathomable reason the hummingbirds sneer at the Grevillea, it's still a great people-attractor! I've never seen anything like it before. I LOVE the textures and shapes in your last photo--wow!

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