I'll start with some of the plant combinations making the biggest splash at the moment.
|Felicia aethiopica has formed a pool of blue here, surrounded by ornamental grasses. Echium webii to the left of the Felicia is in bud.|
|There are too many blooming plants to enumerate in this photo but the pink glow is provided by Freesia, Cuphea hybrid 'Starfire Pink, and Argyranthemum frutescens|
|Lavandula multifida takes center stage here, backed up by more Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' and Colenema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold'|
|Here, Limonium perezii is surrounded by succulents with self-seeded Osteopermum in the background (upper left)|
|NoID Narcissi backed up by Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum' with Felicia in the distance on the upper left and Freesia bombing the shot on the lower right|
As usual, there are a number of genera contributing to the current bloom count, including these:
|Arctotis 'Opera Pink' is on the left and A. 'Pink Sugar' is on the right|
|Freesias are blooming throughout the garden|
|The flowers of Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola' on the left are fading but still plentiful and covered with busy bees. Grevilleas 'Ned Kelly' (top right), 'Peaches & Cream', and 'Superb' never stop blooming.|
|Two forms of Lotus berthelotii are aggressively covering ground in the back garden. 'Amazon Sunset' is shown on the left and the more common golden-flowered form is on the right, mingling with Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'.|
|The Pericallis 'Senetti' hybrid on the left is blooming for its second year. The Pericallis on the right is one of those commonly sold as "Florist's Cineraria."|
|Both of my Veltheimia braceteata have resurfaced and bloomed|
There were also some blooms that took me by surprise for a variety of reasons:
As has become my habit, I'll conclude with collages of other blooms, organized by color.
|Clockwise from upper left: noID Alstroemeria, Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' (with Cuphea 'Starfire Pink'), noID Dianthus, noID Lathyrus odoratus, Pelargonium peltatum 'Pink Blizzard', and Pyrethropsis hosmarianse 'Marrakech'|
|Clockwise from the left: Russelia equisetiformis 'Flamingo Park', Alstroemeria 'Inca Husky', Calliandra haematocephala, noID Cymbidium, Gaillardia aristata 'Gallo Bright Red', Gazania 'White Flame', and Viola 'Pandora's Box'|
|From the left: Zantedeschia aethopica, Argyranthemum frutescens, Auranticarpa rhombifolia, Coleonema album, Convolvulus cneorum, Jasminum polyanthum (which actually belongs to a neighbor but hangs over our common fence), and Pyrethropsis hosmariense|
|Top row: Aeonium arboreum, Bulbine frutescens, and noID Cymbidium|
Middle row: Euphorbia rigida, Euryops 'Sonnenschein' and self-seeded Gazania
Bottom row: Papaver nudicaule, Phlomis fruticosa, and Sparaxis tricolor
Have I burned out your retinas? For photos of what's blooming elsewhere in the country and around the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, our Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day host.
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