Bloom Day February 2020

 Morocco Daisy, Rhodanthemum hosmariensis
 Because of my broken arm it was tough to take photos.  I pulled out the tripod--it was still cumbersome, but some pictures turned out okay.  


Aloe castanea
 This is the first flowering of this plant, purchased as a seedling in 2013.
 Aloe aculeata
 Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina'
 'De La Mina' is a California native.  I planted four of these last year.  One died and the others didn't do much.  They all look great now--apparently they needed some time to settle in.  Flowers for butterflies.
 Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'.  The very first flower of the year. 
 Really love this slow growing, baby tree; more flowers to look forward to.  The flowers are fragrant, too.
 Leucospermum 'Tango"

The first Sweet Pea flower, not yet open, but a delight to anticipate.
More flowers out there, but it was time to rest.

Comments

  1. Happy bloomday! And I hope your arm is starting to feel better... Thank you for still sharing your gorgeous photos with us. Best wishes on your recovery!

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    1. Back atcha! Yes, thank you, arm is feeling better. happy you liked the pictures.

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  2. If I stare at those Leucospermum 'Tango' images long enough I can almost feel the sun's warmth.

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    1. Ha! Exactly! I warm up looking at them. It's very awkward to wear a jacket when you can put only one arm in a sleeve, so I've been cold most of the time since this arm thing happened.

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  3. You did a great job with the photos despite the problem with your arm, Jenny. I love the Magnolia - and the Leucospermum. My Leucospermums have buds but no flowers yet. I've yet to see even a bud on my sweet peas but the birds seem to have taken responsibility on themselves to pinch the stems for me.

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    1. I have the sweet peas completely screened in--numerous creatures seem to find them tasty. It will be several weeks yet for the rest of the Leucospermums. Extremely curious as to what sort of flowers the plants I grew from seed will produce.

      There's an big big old old tulip Magnolia nearby that was covered covered covered with flowers a few days ago. I would have screamed stop the car! if I'd been feeling better.

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  4. I think I addressed you as Jenny by mistake! I'm going to blame the Shingles shot I got yesterday, which has left me with a headache and dizziness today...

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    1. No prob. Not exactly 100% myself the past couple of weeks.

      I had Shingles. You are better off with the side effects of the vaccine.

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  5. Wow, that aloe. I love the star magnolia, had one in the former garden. It was very prone to frost damage since it bloomed so early.

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    1. I wasn't sure a Star Magnolia would be okay with our absence of winter chill, but it seems happy now its fairly established. I've only seen one of them in SoCal besides mine, at the Huntington.

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  6. Gosh, I think I will get my tripod out to take pictures to see if I can get anything this good. Such fun seeing pictures of flowers this time of year. It won't be long and I will have some flowers to fawn over. Happy GBBD. I hope your arm is healing quick.

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    1. I plan to use my tripod more. Seems to help.

      Arm not hurting nearly as much, thanks!

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    2. They may not be the pictures you wanted, but they are, very good. You are proof for the advice to use a tripod (which I hear, but don't do)

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    3. Thank you Diana, that cheers me. I can't really tell if the picture looks good or not until displayed on a screen indoors. Perhaps this will help make tripod use more of a habit, but breaking an arm is NOT a good idea for creating the habit, ha! ha!

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  7. It's the middle of February, and you have so much color! I'm especially thrilled by the Aloe flowers and the Leucospermum. I hope you are healing well, and I wish you patience and good health to come. Enjoy your beautiful garden - and the pups.

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    1. Lucky to be able to garden here, yes, yes. Thank you for the kind encouragement. It helps.

      Two dogs demanding tummy rubs, only one hand available...it gets a bit contentious!

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  8. Ooohh, that Aloe aculeata - it almost doesn't look real... Always love the Leucospermum flowers too, they are glorious! Hope your arm is doing better and healing as it should.

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    1. Aloe aculeata is a favorite. Leucospermums, too. Arm doing better, thanks. Can move around a bit more.

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  9. Those Aloe flowers make me think of Kniphofia.

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    1. They are quite similar, and both native to the same part of the planet, and benefit from the same sorts of pollinators...

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  10. The daisies really brightened my day--thank you! Seeing the Magnolias gave me hope for the spring that's just around the corner for us, but we have to melt some snow first. And the Leucospermum reminded me that sunnier days are ahead. :)

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    1. Daisies are so purely sweet!

      Snow--that's a whole different world.

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