Friday, March 15, 2013

March Bloom Day

This Bloom Day catches me relatively unprepared as I've been pulled in different directions by personal life events.  Still, I didn't want the day to go by without any recognition so here, without much in the way of commentary, is a selection of what's in bloom at the moment in my garden:

Alstroemeria, deciduous type (No ID)

Anemone (no record of variety)

Bauhinia x blakeana

Camellia japonica 'Taylor's Perfection'

Ceanothus (No ID)

Parsley, bolting

Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'

Coleonema album

Dymondia margaretae (groundcover)

Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum' with Osteospermum ecklonis '3D Silver'





Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis' (sorry the picture's fuzzy like the Lamb's Ear)

Geranium hybrid 'Tiny Monster'
Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola'

Lavandula multifida (great plant but needs a better backdrop than it has here)

Loropetalum  chinense 'Hines Plum Leaf'

Mystery shrub I hacked back a month ago

Narcissus (no record of variety) & Nemesia 'Sunsatia Lemon'

Nemophila menziesii 'Baby Blue Eyes'

Osteospermum 'Serenity Purple'

Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'

Pelargonium ionidflorum 'Pink Fairy Cascade' (I think)

Pelargonium hybrid 'White Lady'

Phlomis fruticosa

Plum 'Santa Rosa'
Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly' (aka dwarf 'Sweet Pea Bush')

Ranunculus asiaticus 'Merlot'

Schizanthus pinnatus (Poor Man's Orchid) in pot with Fuchsia

Wildflowers, including California Poppy, planted at my mother's house from seed by my brother
Zantedeschia aethiopica (Common Calla Lily)

Still not blooming, despite having buds since January, is my Eupatorium corymbosa:

Eupatorium corymbosa (close but not quite there)
Spring is already here and, with temperatures back in the 80s for the last couple of days, it feels as though summer is just around the corner.  More Bloom Day posts can be found at the May Dreams Gardens blog site, hosted by Carol.


  1. I could use a few days in the 80s right about now. Being surrounded by all those cheerful blooms is hopefully helping to cheer you up.

    Happy GBBD!

  2. Okay, what ISN'T blooming in your garden? It looks fabulous!

    Mystery shrub--looks a little Loquat-y, but not. Seems to me I've seen it often enough, but can't place it. Maybe try the "Name That Plant" forum at Gardenweb? That should get you an ID quickly.

    Happy Bloom Day!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Hoover Boo. A neighbor thinks its a Pittosporum and, while the fruits bear a resemblance to P. rhombifolium, the flowers don't look quite the same...

  3. Pretty gosh-darn good for a quick roundup! Lots going on in your garden. I forgot to look where you're located - somewhere in California it looks like. I look at your geranium and want to yank it out - I have so many weedy ones here that I don't grow geraniums at all! Maybe one day when I've managed to get on top of the weedy ones. Thanks for posting!

    1. Spring comes early in Southern California - we're very lucky by comparison to the 1/2 of the country still getting snow. The geraniums I showed are well-behaved but I do have a "weed" geranium: Geranium incanum. I do by best to keep it under control - right now, it's coming into full bloom so I'm afraid I've been cutting it some slack...