In the front yard, the roses have just started to bloom.
|I have no ID on this rose but I'd love to get more|
|This 'Joseph's Coat' climber was attacked by aphids last month but is now recovering|
|6 'Pink Meidiland' shrub roses growing in my front beds are all coming into bloom|
Other new bloomers in the front garden include 2 Pelargoniums and an annual Schizanthus:
|Pelargonium x hortorum 'Tweedle Dee' (I think)|
|Pelargonium 'Georgia Peach'|
In the side yard, all 12 of the Phlomis fruticosa are now in full bloom.
|Phlomis fruticosa blooming in a shade bed|
|Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes), photographed from its good side|
|The same Baby Blue Eyes photographed from their bad side|
I recently added yet another Osteospermum, one of my go-to groundcover plants, to the side yard to complement my Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' (not shown here).
|Osteospermum hybrid 'Sunny Amanda'|
A fuchsia is already blooming in a pot on the small patio on the side of the house.
|Fuchsia 'Deep Purple" in pot|
The border in the back yard has been undergoing a face lift since fall began as I try to figure out what plants do well here. Over the past several months, I've added plants, moved others and pulled out still others. A few are on probation.
|This Alstroemeria, shown in last month's post, is a keeper|
|This Alstroemeria, positioned 10-12 feet from the other one, is also a keeper|
|This daylily, a dormant variety (no ID) positioned right next to the Alstroemeria shown above, is already showing its first blooms, presenting a troublesome color clash|
|Aquilegia hybrid 'Spring Magic,' put in last year, came back with a bang this spring|
|I put this Arenaria montana (sandwort) in as an edging plant last year from a 6-pack but pulled most of it when it failed to perform. It looks great this year and I want more!|
|I just added this Cosmos 'Double Click." I've admired photos of it in catalogs and, when I found it by chance, had to try it out.|
|This 'Ebb Tide' rose is new. The color nicely echoes the Cuphea shown below, which is planted in front of it.|
|Cuphea aff. Aequipetala with Nemesia that returned from last year|
|Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata', added last year as a foliage accent, is blooming for the first time|
|Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum' is a workhorse that looks good in and out of bloom|
|One of my new favorite Osteospermums, 'Zion Copper Amethyst' sits in the "warm" color section of my long back border|
|Ixia, planted last fall, are the only spring bulbs just coming into bloom. I like how it complements the Abelia 'Kaleidoscopes' planted nearby|
The "dry garden" on the other side of the house also has a lot of blooming plants, although some of these could be construed as weeds.
|Centranthus ruber and Zantedeschia both spread like weeds|
|Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink" behaves itself but Geranium incanum does not|
|More Geranium incanum, paired here with Thymus 'Pink Chintz'|
|My favorite Euphorbia, 'Dean's Hybrid,' is "flowering"|
|Bearded Iris inherited from a prior owner|
|Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl," which began blooming in January, is still in bloom!|
|Oenothera speciosa 'Siskiyou' (aka Pink Evening Primrose) spreads like a weed, albeit a pretty one|
The California poppies, planted last year from seed, are in full bloom in my vegetable garden.
I even have an orchid blooming in my home office.
|Orchid, an anniversary gift from my husband in February, is still going strong|
Today is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. You can view more blooms at Carol's May Dream Gardens site.