As I'm not sure what will last until Bloom Day, I thought I'd feature some of the new blooms, starting with the bulbs. I inherited the Calla Lilies with the property - they pop up here and there at the start of spring when the weather is still relatively cool and generally disappear as temperatures rise.
|Zantedeschia aethiopica (Common Calla Lily)|
I put in a large number of Dutch Crocus last year, hoping to duplicate the purple, white and yellow mix shown in the catalog I ordered from; however, the yellow Crocus consistently bloom ahead of the others and are usually gone by the time the purple and white varieties show up.
Freesia do exceptionally well here and they're easy to grow from bulbs. I put in dozens in shades of yellow, purple, pink and white. Only the pink ones have yet to make an appearance.
|Freesia (with hitchhiker)|
|Freesia complemented by Violas|
Sparaxis tricolor, commonly called Harlequin Flower, also do well here and naturalize freely.
|Another Sparaxis tricolor|
Other recent bloomers include Alstroemeria, commonly known as Peruvian Lily. These plants are solid performers in Southern California. They die back during the heat of summer but reemerge in spring. This one is the first to bloom for me this year.
|Alstroemeria - No ID|
I love true geraniums. Most of mine die back, becoming almost invisible during the fall/winter months, but Geranium hybrid 'Tiny Monster' kept its foliage throughout the winter months, some of it taking on a red color. This one stays low, growing only 6-12 inches high, but spreading up to 2 feet.
|Geranium hybrid 'Tiny Monster'|
My Sweet Pea shrubs are also beginning to bloom. I currently have just the dwarf variety, Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly', which grows just 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
|Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly'|
Our weather is supposed to turn cooler tomorrow, dropping to the upper 60s, and rain is predicted for mid-week so maybe I'll hang onto these new blooms for awhile yet.