Bloom Day February 2017
Above, 'Happy Dancing Girl' Cotyledon
Below, Lupine, descendant from a very old, long ago packet of seeds. I've been trying to establish them as reseeders on the west slope.
For yearly, effortless, late winter and early spring color on our west slope, self-seeding California poppies have been a great success. Mexican Tulip Poppies and these Lupines, less so. The Lupines would be more successful if rabbits did not love to eat them, and so far, Mexican Tulip Poppies, with a far longer bloom season, prefer to sprout and grow between cracks in concrete. The California poppies will begin blooming in a few weeks.
Ha ha rabbits, you couldn't reach this one!
Aloe cameronii past prime, but still glowing along with Yucca 'Bright Star' foliage. Behind the Aloe flowers, the Leucadendron I just dug up.
Where are my sunglasses? The first dazzling flower from Leucospermum 'Tango':
The developing flower bud is a stunner as well.
Best guess on this rose is 'Carefree Wonder'.
Intense color in winter. It's pale pink in the heat of August.
Speaking of bright, this little Aizoaceae is visible a block away. It was one of the first succulents I planted and the name and tag are long gone. It was engulfed by Senecio a few years ago and I thought it was dead--but pulling out Senecio I found a tiny bit--two leaves and a smidgen of root--had survived. Now in a better space, the plant is 4" wide and doing very well.
Lampranthus 'Cherry Bomb'?
Still waiting on Aloe marlothii. Soon. Very soon.
Geranium 'Tiny Monster', planted last spring, struggled to survive our drought and summer heat. This rainy winter has enabled it to thrive.
I bought Calliandra eriophylla a few months ago and didn't have a spot for it in the ground. Finally found a place for it, just as it began to push out a flower. Yet another hummingbird attractant. I spoil them.
A rare flowering of Sedum nussbaumianum 'Coppertone'--must be the rain.
Our average yearly total rainfall from the first of October to the 30th of September is 13.33" (339 mm). This year's seasonal rainfall total so far is at least 17" (431 mm). January gave us 16 days on which measurable rain fell, totaling 9.02" for the month.
And tomorrow night...oh yeah! Drought over.