Bloom Day March 2018
This past week has been showery. Over the last four days we got 0.7" (18 mm) of rain, washing dust off the plants and making them sparkle. Though our seasonal rainfall is still dismal, we're up to 3.45" (87 mm) for the season, with a bit more in the forecast.
Dainty Echeveria agavoides flowers in the foreground.
Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' has cheery yellow flowers, too.
Even a modest amount of rain brings results on the front slope.
Leucospermum 'Tango' against a blurred background of Aloe aff. megalacantha
Agave 'Joe Hoak' with its cloud of honey bees.
Also mobbed by bees. This is the first year for that. Did the bees just discover Leucospermums, or did it take time for the plant to produce nectar adequate to lure them?
Aloe greatheadii has a tall flower stalk, the better to rise above grass in its native habitat and attract pollinators. No grass here.
Aloe 'Fire Ranch' flowers are just about to open. I moved this particular plant last year to a better location and it has improved significantly.
The 'Bartzella' Peony planted a few days ago is showing buds already.
There's that new-to-this-garden-this-year 'Eye of the Tiger' Iris again. The older established Iris are not flowering yet. Soon.
A favorite poppy, Hunnemannia fumariifolia.
Callistemon 'Slim'. Callistemon was ubiquitous in our neighborhood when I was a child, so common as to be easily ignorable. It disappeared somewhat from California gardens but the five year drought and new selections like newish 'Slim' and especially 'Little John', have re-popularized it. It's tough, reliable, low-water, heat-tolerant, and a hummingbird feeder.
Many flowers yet to open
'Wildfire' wet with rain
This Leucanthemum has bloomed for months, out of season, and still has buds. Against a background of 'Rozanne' Geranium, of course.
I hacked back this 'Amistad' Salvia to the ground a couple of months ago. It's baaaaack! The hummers love it.
Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream' took the summer off. Perhaps it will bloom more this coming summer because it is more established and considerably larger. Or maybe it won't.
Orange Drakensberg daisy, the garden-happy form of Gerberas.
Let's finish with one more shot of that glorious 'Yellow Bird'. I hope you don't mind.
Happy Bloom Day!