The highlights of January are Aloes, but other plants are showing off, too.
Leucadendron 'Bells Sunrise' (aka Wilson's Wonder')
The blooms are actually tiny, on cones surrounded by the colorful pollinator-luring bracts:
I also get how the petite Leucadendron 'Harlequin' got its name: the previous year's bracts have and remain reddened, while this year's are ivory, a dramatically contrasting effect, like a Harlequin's costume:
We had a quite cold (for us) December and first week of January. December also gave us generous rainfall. January unfortunately has been completely dry.
First Freesia buds appearing. The flowers will be opening next month:
The Hellebores awaken and will be another February highlight. The foliage on this one is as attractive as the flowers:
The roses should not be overlooked. They almost always bloom well in December and January, smaller in quantity than the rest of the year, but higher in quality: larger, with more petals, richer colors, and no Thrips damage.
No wonder I can't give them up:
The Rhodanthemum hosmariense seedling found last year, carefully transplanted and cared for, is full of flower buds:
The species has yellow centers.
Rhodanthemum 'Casablanca' flowers display a golden crown in dark centers. The flowers are slightly larger than the species, but both are excellent plants.
For some reason this patch of Leucanthemum flowers in winter. The rest here flower in spring:Another volunteer seedling from last year was a Lavender. Pinched back multiple times, it has formed a full, rounded plant. Most of the other seedlings did not survive the summer. This one, left where it sprouted, has done well. Last years' dry, dry winter may have contributed to the failure of the seedlings I moved.
A Fuchsia here and there. The rain did it. These look like parachutes floating down to land on the Hellebore leaf.
Agave 'Joe Hoak'. In the background the neighbor's Viburnum tinus hedge with its clusters of small white blooms:
Grevilleas. 'Moonlight', and 'Peaches and Cream':
Salvias. 'Pavement Series Purple' , 'Waverly' , 'Ember Wishes':
I was going to hold off and do an All-Aloe-Flowers post, but maybe I'll do that as a retrospective in late May. Here are what has opened (or is getting close) so far:
'David Verity' (arborescens x (ferox x arborescens):
ferox (white version)
ferox (orange version):
candelabrum (formerly classified as a form of ferox):
rubroviolacea (young plant):
capitata hybrid grown from seed from a plant in the garden:
Looking good, thanks to that December rain.