Bloom Day January 2017

Above, yet another round of flowers from Echeveria 'Pollux'
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':
 'Coastal Gem'
  'Robyn Gordon'
 '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.  
Happy Bloom Day!  See more at May Dreams Garden Blog.


  1. Beautiful blooms!
    Love the bouquet!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. Wow what beautiful photo's of the flowers Hoover Boo. So gorgeous.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. So pleased to catch up with you and find you've had rain!!

  4. Gosh, that rose bouquet is simply stunning, the warm colors of the roses go so well together!
    The Gaillardia together with the deep purple Leucadendron 'Ebony' is also an absolutely striking combination.
    I am also so happy about all the rain. The plants in my garden have visibly perked up and it looks almost lush right now.
    Like you I am busy deleafing and pruning my roses and can't wait until they flower again. I am almost positive that it will be an amazing spring flush this year!
    Warm regards,

    1. That range of rose color seems to work so well.

      Yes, a much better spring in the garden than in the past five! Happy rain, Christina!

  5. Happy to see all that happiness!


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