|Echium webbii (a dwarf) is now blooming alongside Felicia aethiopica|
|Ajuga hybrid 'Mint Chip' has appeared with the first blooms of Anagallis 'Wildcat Mandarin'|
|Aristea inqualis, planted in 2014, has finally produced its first blooms|
|Iris douglasiana 'Santa Lucia' is in bloom along the driveway. I've had a remarkably difficult time getting Pacific Coast Iris to bloom here but this winter's rain appears to have provided the help I needed.|
|Ageratum corymbosum has had buds for months but, the day after March Bloom Day, they finally began to open|
|This noID Delosperma has appeared in spots all along the street-side succulent bed. I thought it made the pretty Agave 'Blue Flame' shown here look even prettier.|
|Polygala myrtifolia 'Mariposa' produces a smattering of flowers most of the year but now it's really blooming!|
|The 2 Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbuds) that came with the garden just burst into bloom|
|The first Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus) of the season has appeared!|
|Higher than normal temperatures last week knocked out most of my daffodils but Narcissus 'White Lion' seems to be a sturdier sort|
|The Prunus laurocerasus hedge is blooming on the southwest side of the garden|
|A few noID Calendulas, presumably from seeds I scattered 2 years ago that never germinated, have bloomed, nicely complementing Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'|
|This is a poor photo of a relatively new addition to the garden, Verbascum arcturus|
|I've had California fescue (Festuca californica) in my garden for a few years but this is the first time it's flowered like this|
There are blooms on fruit trees too!
|Blossoms on the navel orange tree (left) and peach tree (right). Both trees came with the garden but the noID peach was invisible until we removed the giant Yucca elephantipes at the bottom of the back slope a few years ago.|
And more of the Pelargoniums are blooming.
|Clockwise from the left: Pelargonium 'Tweedle Dee', noID, 'Golf Ball', 'White Lady', and 'Vectris Glitter'|
I even have my first rose bloom, appropriately perhaps, 'California Dreamin'.
|I've been fighting an onslaught of aphids on all my roses and it looks as though I need to leap into the fray again|
I hope this post isn't too obnoxious. Spring does come very early in coastal Southern California. Unfortunately, summer's heat does as well so we have to celebrate when we can.
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