I'll start in the front garden with a humble plant that one might even call a weed.
|Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk' is happy here, tucked behind Euphorbia charcacias 'Black Pearl' and Arctotis 'Pink Sugar'|
|Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' also blooms year-round but not so profusely as it's doing now (Grevillea 'Superb' can be seen blooming in the background)|
|Here's a closer look at Grevillea 'Superb'. If I had to give an award to one plant for continuous flowering, it would be this one.|
|Echium candicans 'Star of Madiera' is just now starting its annual bloom cycle|
Surrounding the front driveway, some of the few roses I have left are also coming into bloom.
|From left to right are: 'California Dreamin', 'Joseph's Coat', and 'Medallion'|
Past the driveway, in what used to be the vegetable garden, the raised planters now used as a cutting garden have produced a generous supply of poppies and, more recently, sweet peas.
The dry garden on the north east side of the house is subdued now that the Grevillea there have bloomed out and I've cut the Osteospermum back. The biggest splash of color there comes from the New Zealand tea trees that recently produced a new flush of bloom.
|Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl', planted a little too close to a guava tree but making the best of things|
A gravel path through the dry garden leads down a cement block stairway to the back slope, which is looking remarkably good at the moment, even if the upper section of the slope remains scarred by the damage caused by last year's horrific first-day-of-summer heatwave.
Back on the main level of the backyard garden, there's plenty in bloom.
|Leucadendron 'Pisa' with its luminescent flower-like bracts|
|Cotula lineariloba 'Big Yellow Moon' is moving in to surround Echium webbii. Felicia aethiopica echoes the blue color of the Echium on its other side.|
|Here the violet color of Polygala myrtifolia 'Mariposa' (left) echoes the more vibrant tone of Pelargonium cullatum 'Flore Pleno' (right). Alyogyne huegelii adds a bluer note in the background.|
|Alstroemeria are blooming all over the back garden at the moment. The white form (left) is 'Claire' and the red variety (upper right) is 'Inca Husky'. The others are unnamed varieties that came with the garden.|
|Ozothamnus diosmifolius has small but plentiful white flowers|
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' isn't blooming as heartily as it did last month but Anagallis 'Wildcat Mandarin' is making up for the deficit|
|Ageratum corymbosum, an evergreen (or ever-purple) shrub, is at the peak of its bloom cycle|
The garden on the south side of the house has a large number of succulents, none of which are delivering much in the way of floral color at the moment but there are a few blooming plants.
|From left to right: Cistus x scanbergii, Phlomis fruticosa, and the delicate flowers of Wahlenbergia 'Blue Cloud' (in front of a second Echium 'Star of Madiera')|
Moving back down to the partially shaded area at street level on the southwest side of the property, there are still blooms to be found.
|Clockwise from the left: Pelargonium peltatum 'Pink Blizzard', backed up by Prostanthera ovalifolia and Limonium perezii; Prunus laurocerasus; noID lavender Pelargonium peltatum; and Rosa chinense 'Mutabilis'|
|And, along the street, masses of noID Delosperma|
Finally, as the photos above didn't capture all the flowers I'm proud to flaunt this April, here are a few more I couldn't bear to leave on the cutting room floor.
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