Roses and Aloes are the highlights this month. Our single rain storm so far this winter prompted new growth and flowers from other plants.
Grevillea 'Superb' had the same response to that rain
Ditto for Iochroma 'Purple Queen', cut back to bare trunk in autumn.
Flowers continue to open on several Agave 'Joe Hoak's. Bees and birds are at them, enjoying their nectar.
Aloe cameronii flowers open
Five Aloes in bloom simultaneously.
Aloe capitata hybrid
First flower opened:
Leucadendron 'Wilsons Wonder''s flowers are the elongated globes. The long yellow "petals" are actually bracts.
Striking when 'Wilson' colors up to lure pollinators
Also bright yellow, Aloe zubb is native to Sudan:
Last winter, Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' had its first flowers, just a couple of clusters. This year, quite a few more.
Sweet! Very happy it is happy. In the background, red Heteromeles arbutifolia berries.
Roses are at their rattiest in January--the growth gawky and ready for cutting back, the leaves mostly fallen or diseased, but the flowers can be excellent--free of Thrips, long lasting in winter's cooler temperatures and lesser daylight hours.
'Brass Band' with Lophostemnon seed pods and silver Maireana sedifolia foliage:
Unknown rose. Grown from a cutting from Colleen's plant, which grew from a cutting from Bea's plant, which grew from a cutting of Bea's Mom's plant, which Bea's Mom got from the farm supply store in rural Tennessee, a long time ago.
Happy Bloom Day! More here.