Above and below: new Hellebore x 'Glenda's Gloss'. Wowza!
One of the 'Penny's Pink' Hellebores
Another 'Penny's Pink'
Yet another 'Penny's Pink' with conveniently coordinating succulents Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' and what used to be Aeonium 'Mardi Gras' (it lost its stripes when it offset).
Not my Acacia. The neighbor's Acacia...maybe A. baileyana(?) but not the 'Purpurea' version. Still, quite nice if you are not allergic to its lavish pollen output. Reportedly not an invasive reseeder in So Cal (if it is baileyana).
Lots and lots of deep purple flowers on Iochroma 'Purple Queen' after a hard prune in October and a hit of fertilizer.
Quite a display for February. Major hummingbird draw.
Here is how it looked back in November. Pretty impressive winter growth!
Also cut back hard last fall, this Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' has already recovered and is nicely compact:
You knew 'Sticks on Fire' Euphorbia tirucalli bloomed, right? And that eventually it becomes a 25' tall tree? The flowers are tiny:
While Metrosideros collina 'Springfire' is not a plant native to California, the birds and honeybees LOVE it. The smallest newest one growing in the gully garden is mobbed with bees, visited by hummingbirds, and constantly--constantly--playing host to goldfinches, warblers, and and several other song bird species. I have no idea what the goldfinches are finding in there, but they are finding something they like.
Bee backside in the flowers.
Our seasonal rain total is a sad 4" (100 mm) or so, but due to that very modest rainfall and a lot of not-hot weather, the gully garden looks good. The bright orange flowers of 'Springfire' can be seen on the left. Green mass on the left foreground is a Leonotus spilling forth, enjoying winter weather, getting ready for spring flowering.
Also in the gully, the tiny flowers of California native Rhus integrifolia (or ovata?) are opening. The tiny flower bud clusters appeared several months ago. This is developing into a great background shrub that can do without irrigation and will provide shelter and food for native birds and insects.
The koi have had a good winter. The water is as clear as glass, and so far no huge string algae infestation. The pond may have finally matured beyond string algae...or so I hope.
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' is over 4' (120 cm) tall now. I love the snowy white, graceful flowers.
The Magnolia flowers have a purity about them, like new fallen snow. Since it doesn't snow here, the Magnolia flowers offer that same feeling--a brief magic moment of newness.
Some Bloom Day near misses--Freesias just about to open
Orange Drakensberg Daisy' enjoying the winter.
Leucospermum 'Tango' with Aloe petricola
The little Aizoaceae, the ID of which I am unsure (??Cephalophyllum 'Red Spike'??), in the foreground. Rhodanthemum hosmariense 'Casablanca' in the background.
There's Rhodanthemum hosmariense 'Casablanca'.
Grevillea 'Coastal Gem' with honey bee:
The same Grevillea with Arctotis 'Burgundy'
Leucospermum 'Wilsons Wonder' with Leucadendron 'Tango' in the background
And to finish up, my favorite photo of the day, Aloe aculeata with Arctotis 'Pink Sugar', the dregs of Aloe cameronii flowers in the background, plus Yucca 'Bright Star', Agave parryi truncata and Agave ovatifolia. Texture, color, foliage, flowers!
Happy bloomy Bloom Day!