Under these conditions, the hardiest plants show what they're made of. The two genera making the biggest splash this Bloom Day are the Osteospermums and the Grevilleas. Last month, the Osteospermums made the biggest impact but, in February, the Grevilleas are coming into their own.
|Clockwise from the left: Osteospermum ecklonis 'Blue-eyed Beauty,' O. '3D Silver,' O. 'Spoon Pink,' O. 'Serenity Bronze,' and O. fruticosum|
|Clockwise from top left: Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola' in full bloom, close up of 'Penola' flowers, G. 'Scarlet Sprite,' G. 'Peaches & Cream,' G. alpina x rosmarinifolia, and G. juniperina 'Molonglo'|
The bulbs are also starting to make a show. No daffodils have bloomed yet but other bulbs accustomed to warmer climates have.
|On the left: Hemerocallis 'For Pete's Sake' is finishing up a cycle of sporadic blooms that started in late December; Top right: yellow and lavender Freesias; Bottom right: Sparaxis tricolor and Hippeastrum 'La Paz'|
Pink and red blooms are the most prevalent.
|This Alstroemeria (no ID) is always one of the first spring blooms in my garden|
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' is blooming its heart out in my front garden|
|With rain a distant memory, the Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia x blakeana) is once again covered in vivid blooms|
|This Bilbergia nutans is looking a little sad but, after waiting 2 months for its bloom, I couldn't leave it out|
|The flowers of Calliandra haematocephala (aka Pink Powder Puff) don't last long but they keep on coming|
|Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' blooms most of the year but it puts on a big show in spring|
|One of the pots of Cymbidiums I virtually ignore has produced 2 floriferous bloom spikes|
|The delicate pinkish-white blooms of Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' have made an appearance|
|Hebe 'Wiri Blush' is back in bloom|
|This Jasminum polyanthum hangs over the fence from my neighbor's yard (shown here enveloping her Brugmansia)|
|A poor photograph of the beautiful Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl, which has been blooming for months|
The pink and red blooms are fairly well balanced by those in shades of blue and purple.
|Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Horizon' is still going strong|
|This Alyogyne huegelii (aka blue Hibiscus) is new to my garden|
|Although the Anemone coronaria belonged with the bulbs, I thought it warranted a full-size photo of its own|
|The Ceanothus hedges (no ID) have begun to bloom|
|Reliable Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum'|
|The bees love Globularia x indubia even if I haven't entirely warmed up to it|
|Newly planted Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy' (called 'Little Grapes' elsewhere)|
|Trailing Lantana (no ID) has begun mingling with its neighbors|
|Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly' is another shrub that blooms virtually year-round here but the flowers are most prolific in the spring|
|Solanum xanti 'Mountain Pride' is a gorgeous California native|
There are some orange, yellow and white blooms too (beyond those already featured among the Osteospermums, Grevilleas and bulbs).
|Aloe deltoidonto has 3 blooms spikes|
|Argyrantemum frutescens 'Butterfly' is growing fast and blooming well|
|Bulbine frutescens is once again in full bloom after a couple of months of quiet|
|I think this is Cotyledon undulata but I'm not certain - whatever it is, it's in bloom in various areas of the garden|
|After innumerable attempts to photograph this California native, Isomeria arborea, this was the best I could do|
|Nandina domestica is usually grown for its foliage and berries but the flowers are pretty too|
Last but not least, there are a few multi-colored blooms I wasn't sure how to categorize.
|Abutilon metapotamicum is new to my garden - after months of admiring it on other gardeners' blogs, I finally found one|
|Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin' is once again producing sporadic blooms|
|Gazania hybrid 'Kiss Me Frosty White Flame' continues to bloom|
That's it for my Bloom Day round-up. While the eastern US is covered in snow from one storm after another, spring is definitely making its presence known in coastal Southern California. To see what's happening in other parts of the world, stop by and visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, the gracious host of the monthly Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day event.
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