Bloom Day January 2014
Mediterranean plants are the stars on this miserably hot (86F/30C), arid (5% relative humidity) Ides of January. The strange and dainty flowers of Grevillea 'Coastal Gem', from Australia, are perfectly happy despite the blistering heat.
From South Africa, Arctotis 'Burgundy' is a bit stressed by the heat, but still showy.
Also from South Africa, Aloe hardyi, which in nature hangs from shaded vertical cliff faces, is happy enough on my sunny south slope.
Another South African Aloe, A. marlothii, is about to open its first flowers of the year.
Lately I've posted several shots of Morocco Daisy, Rhodanthemum hosmariense. It takes the summer and fall off, blooming for most of winter and spring.
Unfortunately our winter thus far has been grim--no rain. The golden hills that should be green already are turning grey.
Salvia 'Hot Lips'.
Day lilys in January--yes. Not at their best, but there they are.
A few roses left--most of them are now trimmed back. This relatively weak grower, 'Comtesse de Provence', amazes with its heat endurance.
The cheerful flowers make us hope rain will yet arrive. Coleonema pulchellum:
Happy Bloom Day. Visit May Dreams Garden Blog (link) for more beautiful flowers.