Blooms February 2024


Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'
The "flowers" are actually pollen generating cones, seen here nestled amid the brilliant red bracts:

Gardening is still difficult.  Mostly still resting the injured knee.   I managed to walk well enough to take some photos, finally.   More plants in flower at the moment than expected.  

Some x H. cybister 'La Paz' flowers faded, some still opening:

Always blooming 'Moonlight' Grevillea:
Protea 'Pink Ice':

 Australian Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon' sparkling clean after a series of storms gave us nearly five inches of rain:

'Peaches and Cream' colors are more pastel:

One of the South African Ericas.  It looked somewhat  raggedy until last winter's incredible rainfall kick-started it into beauty:
Something in Aizoaceae
, also from South Africa.  It's never grown very large, but the flowers are eye-catching
Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird' seedling will likely start flowering nexth month.  South Africa, yet again:
Ditto Aloe petricola, from the Mpumalanga region of the country:
Ditto Aloe marlothii,
...and Gerbera daisies:

Non South African--I knew there were some.  Why have various Hemerocallis flowered all winter?  

Volunteer Matthiola incana seedling just opening:

Saliva 'Mystic Spires Blue' prefers weather a bit warmer than our winters, but it's flowering anyway:
Ditto 'Wendy's Wish'.  The rain made them happy:
Hippeastrum papillio:
Abutilon 'David's Choice':
Even old, soaked with rain for several days, and fading, Hydrangea flowers remain beautiful:
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star':
Love 'Rozanne'!  Love 'Rozanne'!
I Love 'Rozanne'!
Pelargonium peltatum:
Calendula 'Xeolites':
Ceanothus megacarpus is native to this area:
Back to South Africa. Leucadendron 'Blush' had ivory bracts a few weeks ago.  They are now turning yellow with orange highlights that nicely match the orange shades of Carex testacaea (New Zealand) in the background:
Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite' flowers were hosting bumblebees that did not want to be photographed.  Managed a nice shot of of a bumble belly: 
Moving too fast for a clear shot.  Guessing this is Bombus californicus, which was also visiting the flowers of a nearby 'Austin Griffiths' Arctostaphylos:
Hellebores!  I didn't have the agility to reach and cut individual flowers, to float them in a bowl for a photo, but they look lovely at the moment, even as they hide their beautiful faces from view. 

'Glenda's Gloss', maybe.  Also did not have the agility to reach into the flower bed to read the tags:

Can't reach the tag.  This was in the same "series" as Glenda's Gloss'.  It needs to be moved after flowering because it spent the summer and fall completly covered up by a Hydrangea.  Happy it survived:

'Blushing Bride'?

'True Love'?
'Penny's Pink':
A few of the garden's various Rhodanthemum hosmariense plants.  This one on the very hot, dry west slope grows lower and tighter to the ground than the flatlanders and looks remarkably good despite tough conditions.  This plant is probably 20 years old, though it has not been in this particular location for 20 years.  It's been moved a couple times and is just starting its bloom:

If I could cover the entire slope with this...oh my!

The 'Casablanca' selection of the species has a black rather than a yellow center:
This is a seedling of the 20 year old plant, the only seedling I've ever discovered.  The flowers are twice the diameter of 'Casablanca's:
Rhodanthemum hosmariensis is from North Africa.
Back to a South African plant to end this post.  Leucospermum 'Tango':
With a background of 'Wilson's Wonder' Leucadendron:
Happy Bloom Day to all! 


  1. Who knew you had such an international body of plants in your garden. The Aussies are beautiful, the North and South Africans intriguing and the Europeans sophisticated. Plenty of beauty on all fronts. Sorry to hear your knee is still giving your grief. If there is ever a good time to rest it's in the rainy season.

    1. Yes rainy days are ideal for resting, but also the second half of July and all of August--too hot to enjoy.

      The number of Southern California's ubiquitous ornamental plants that originated in South Africa is quite amazing!

  2. I'm so sorry that you're still having pain. Thanks for venturing out and sharing your blooms with us. These are the most beautiful blooms...actually, the most beautiful photos...I've seen today. Gorgeous. I will go back through to view them again. :)

    1. Delighted you liked the pictures. Thank you! :)

  3. Both 'Penny's Pink' and 'Glenda's Gloss' are part of the Frostkiss series, though I can't vouch for the others. I hope you knee improves more significantly, soon, so you can bend to read tags.
    Leucospermum 'Tango' and Protea 'Pink Ice'... So exotic!

    1. Maybe 'Anna's Red' is part of that group also? I got one last year after it flowered for 70% off--it will flower soon. There's some sort of "wedding"? series too--'Blushing Bridesmaid, 'First Kiss', 'True Love', etc.

      I was able to reach and read the pink one's tag today--it said 'H. orientalis assorted' Haha I think the joke was on me for that one! Like the succulent plants I sometimes buy where the tag says "Succulent assorted".

  4. I'm glad you were able to get out and about to document all the beauty in your garden, HB. Exercising care in navigating that task did nothing to reduce the quality of your photos. While we share some plants, I'm always surprised at how you can grow others that have failed to survive in my garden. Geranium 'Rozanne' is a case in point. I grew it in my former garden without difficulty but I tried it twice in my current garden and it didn't last long. (The same thing was true of Geranium 'Biokovo'.) I've also had issues with Gerbera daisies but then I've never found any labeled as part of the Garvinea group anywhere locally.

    1. Sorry for delays on comments. Can garden again slowly--just not on the slopes or the stairways. Some lovely gardening weather--cool but not cold. Yes it's funny the sucess and failure contrasts. Have failed at Felicias yet again. 'Rozanne' is rabbit candy--do you have rabbits? I've found Garvineas at Armstrongs around Easter or Mother's Day--when they really stock up on "pretty" flowers. Tho mostly at a local family nursery, or Plant Depot. Was surprised to see you got a Hellebore from Annies, haven't seen them sell those before.

  5. I'm sorry you are still dealing with knee pain, I hope it continues to heal and you're 100% soon. What glorious pictures! I'm struck by so many, I'm going to have to do another read through. Also, a reminder I NEED Rhodanthemum in my garden.

    1. Sorry so behind on comments. Can garden again (slowly), just can't handle stairs well yet. Thanks. Yes to Rhodanthemum! I find it in 4" pots from Native Sons growers.

  6. That South African Erica is a real beauty with the bicolor red/yellow tubular blooms. I planted a few gerbera and a Rhodanthemum last year. Not sure they made it after our rather harsh January weather. Rozanne is a standout in our garden too. Ours, of course, has yet to even emerge from dormancy. Such an astonishingly intricate, pleasing flower.

    1. So behind on comments--sorry! The hummers also feed from the Erica, so good for them too.

      Not only the intricacy of the flower, but 'Rozanne' walks that line between lavender and blue--such a delicious color!

  7. Wowsa... lots of gorgeous blooms and photos. I hope getting out to see them all lifted your spirits.

    1. Gardens, garden blogs, garden tours, garden videos, plant shopping...they all work! :^)

  8. Your plants are clearly reveling in the rain. Did some planting this morning as we had afternoon rain (at long last).

    1. Rain is magic. Hooray for your garden, that you got some too! Better than a cruise ship swarovski crystal stairway any day of the week. ;^)


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