|The ivy and Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Magic' in the foreground mark the border between our property and that of our neighbor. The ornamental pear trees festooned in white blooms are on the neighbor's property, providing a pretty screen.|
These are messy trees but I can enjoy those on my neighbor's property without any problem. However, I did inherit one of my own with the house and garden. Its mess has been manageable in prior years but, despite a good pruning in early December, its litter habit has been a lot harder to deal with this year.
|Our Pyrus calleryana failed to provide much in terms of foliage color this year and never dropped all its leaves but it's started its annual bloom cycle right on schedule, as indicated by my February 11, 2016 post|
But the flowers on the ornamental pear aren't the only sign that spring is on the way. Narcissi have been in bloom for a few weeks and other bulbs are now joining the chorus.
|The noID Narcissi planted outside the dining and living room windows are almost bloomed out but they're still in bloom elsewhere in the garden|
|The first Alstroemeria flowers are just beginning to open|
|This and 2 other Anemone coronaria were purchased recently but the foliage of tubers planted in prior years have popped up too|
|Freesia foliage is everywhere but the buds on this yellow variety should be ready to release their wonderful fragrance within days|
Other plants are also poised to bloom any minute.
|From left to right: self-seeded borage (Borago officinalis), Echium handiense, and Veltheimia bracteata|
In addition, Crassula 'Springtime' is in bloom. Can there be any better proof that spring is in the air?
Well, how about the first sweet pea blooms?
|Apparently, this pink sweet pea didn't want to miss out on Valentine's Day|
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