Random Firsts

First open bloom on the Agave spikes.
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First 2012 bloom on the Calandrinia grandiflora.  If you are in a climate that can support this plant, but you don't have this plant, you are missing something wonderful.  Completely undemanding, with splendid fishing-poles of flowers that lure eyes and bees, for months and months. 
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Check out this homeowner's monoculture of Calandrinia, the entire front yard crammed full of it,  spotted by non-secateur (link)  Am I the only one who adores this?    I love a good obsession.


First notice of interesting texture, Liminium perezii, Senecio mandraliscae, and Euonymous japonica microphylla 'Variegata'.  Amazing how the Euonymous can live in the same conditions as Agave and still look good.  
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First and only Aloe gariepensis opening of 2012.  Not particularly wow as Aloes go, but the clear pure yellow color is striking.
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First photo I get of Aloe hardyii without a Limonium perezii flower getting in the way.  I should just cut off the Limonium flowers, but bees need the food source.  
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Okay, enough of random firsts.  Rose pruning continues.  This 'Tamora' was a mess because it didn't get pruned last year, but I had an excuse:  a song sparrow (as I remember) had built an early nest last year and was using it as a nursery.  Fair enough.  I left the rose alone for the growing season, and forgot about the old nest until I started trimming yesterday.  It was nicely tucked in there, very well protected.  The bird could engineer as well as sing.
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Of course it was carefully lined with Samoyed hair, as every nest I find seems to be.  
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No way no how the first nap of the day:
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Comments

  1. Beautiful flower images dear Hoover and the dog looks so lovely napping there on the lawn.
    It is a shame that roses which give so much beauty and fragrance have to have so many thorns.
    xoxoxo ♡

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  2. thanks dianne!

    As the saying goes, it's better to believe the thorns have roses, than that the roses have thorns. :)

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  3. Very beautiful photos as usual, i can't imagine there are birds which can make nests inside those thicket of thorns. I love your reply to Dianne. And your dog sleeps with total abandon.

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