Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bloom Day!

Another Bloom Day is here already!  In the past month, Southern California has had fluctuating periods of cold and warm weather.  It's expected to get up to 80 degrees this weekend.  As far as many of the plants are concerned, Spring has already arrived.  Much of what was blooming in mid-January is still blooming now in mid-February but a host of additional plants are joining the chorus.

For this Bloom Day, I thought I'd present my flowering plants by color.  As befits the month in which we celebrate Valentine's Day, there are a large number of red and pink-toned flowers on display in the garden.
Cybister Amaryllis 'La Paz' (now in full bloom)
Arbutus 'Marina' (still blooming but past its prime)

Argyranthemum frutescens 'Pink Comet' (in full bloom)

Argyranthemum frutescens "Bright Carmine' (still blooming)

Boronia crenulata 'Shark Bay' (in full bloom)

Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' (just coming into bloom)

Calliandra haematocephala 'Pink Powder Puff' (1st time in bloom in 2 years)

Camellia japonica 'Taylor's Perfection' (in full bloom)

Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola' (in full bloom)
Leptospermum scoparium (blooms are waning)

Leucadendron - No ID (bracts, yellow in January, are now red/green & cones have turned from yellow to brown)

Viola - no ID
Ribes viburnifolium 'Catalina Perfume Currant' (nearing full bloom)

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' (are these the final blooms of the season?)

Kalanchoe delagoensis x daigremontiana 'Pink Butterflies' (in final bloom stage?)

I love blue in the garden and seek out plants in that color.  My blue bloomers include:
Anemone coronaria 'Dr. Fokker' (still blooming)
Ceanothus, maybe 'Joyce Coulter' (hedges just coming into bloom)

Echium handiense 'Pride of Fuerteventura' (1st flush of bloom is fading)
Lavandula multifida (coming into bloom)

Pericallis x hybrida (2nd flush of bloom)
Ipheon uniflorum (1st of tiny bulbs are blooming)

Viola - no ID

Westringia 'Naringa' (in full bloom)

Some of the blue flowers shown above lean toward lavender but there are also blooms that fall more clearly into the purple/lavender category.
Bauhinia x blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid Tree with fading blooms)
Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum' (just coming into bloom)
Eupatorium corymbosa (still covered with Eucalyptus dust and not quite in bloom but getting close)

Osteospermum "Serenity Purple' (in full bloom)

Osteospermum ecklonis '3D Silver' (still going strong)
Limonium perezii (coming back into bloom)
Viola - No ID

I'll close with a mash-up of white, yellow and orange blooms.
Anemone coronaria 'Mona Lisa' (early bloom)

Coleonema album (just starting to bloom)

Zantedeschia aethiopica (1st Calla Lilly bud ready to open)
Nemesia 'Sunsatia Lemon' (still blooming)

Primula & Kalanchoe in pot
Chorizema "Bush Flame' (early stages of bloom)

Viola - no ID

Moussonia elegans 'Taylor's Selection' (early blooms)

Rose, probably 'Joseph's Coat' climber (my only rose bloom)

Pyrus calleryana (close-up of flowers on tree in full bloom)

Leucanthemum x superbum, unnamed variety (1st blooms)

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Snow Lady' (early blooms)

Echeveria flower - No ID (still blooming)

You can find links to posts with more plants in bloom at May Dreams Garden.  Thanks, Carol, for hosting this monthly event!


  1. Such a lots is blooming for you. I could feel the warmth of the sun in your images, thanks for sharing. Christina

    1. The sun is indeed warm here! We hit 80 degrees yesterday and today is expected to be the same. Then the temps are expected to plummet (by Southern California's definition anyway) beginning tomorrow. This winter is presenting a bit of a roller coaster ride for both gardener and plants.

  2. So many plants in flower, it's like a different world from where I live here in London! Loved your Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' it's on my wish list!
    Thanks for sharing and Happy GBBD :-)

    1. When I 1st started looking for 'Cherry Brandy' I could only find it in seed but, happily, it made an appearance in plant-start form last year. I hope it's readily available on your side of the pond, too.

  3. Beautiful!
    I like the way you arranged them by color.
    Happy Bloom Day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  4. So many blooms! And there are so many that I don't know. Thanks for putting the latin names to them. I have a few I want to look up. Happy GBBD!

    1. I'm working hard on my Latin these days - I know that common names can lead to confusion. Thank goodness, I don't have to actually pronounce those Latin names here though!

  5. 'Pink Powder Puff' indeed! That's pretty fabulous. You've certainly got a lot of things blooming, the opposite of my quiet garden this month.

    1. I'm pretty pleased that the Powder Puff has finally bloomed for me. I don't have your beautiful Hellebores, though!

  6. A different world than upstate NY,where I live. It's snowing right now. Needless to say, nothing outside is blooming, so your pictures helped my longing for spring. Happy GBBD.

    1. That PA groundhog promised an early Spring this year, didn't he? I'm sure it will reach NY soon!

  7. Roses in February. What would winter Bloom Days be without you warm zone gardeners? Keep it coming!

    Happy GBBD!

    1. Unfortunately, that's my one and only rose bloom but the pruned bushes are producing new growth so I have hopes for more in the coming months.

  8. Wow!!! SoCal bloom day is sooo happy. The arbutus marina is a fav of mine!

    1. The Arbutus 'Marina" has become one of my favorite trees too - the hummingbirds love it.

  9. I hopping like the Easter bunny with joy- thank you for posting the renovation at GBBD!

    1. Welcome to my blog, Lydia. I hope you'll visit again.