|Echium webbii began blooming last week. It's a bee magnet.|
|This "ever-purple" Ageratum corymbosum has already begun to fade in response to last week's heat|
|All the Coleonema album are in full bloom. Together with Erigeron karvinskianus, a weedy groundcover here, they create a sparkle of fluffy white throughout the garden.|
|Still more splashes of white are provided by Pyrethropsis hosmariense, which has become one of my favorite year-round groundcovers as it's beautiful in and out of bloom|
|More Erigeron karvinskianus mixes here with Gazania 'White Flame' surrounding Phormium 'Maori Queen'|
|Lotus berthelotii 'Amazon Sunset' is still going strong on one side of the path through the back garden. The newer plants on the other side of the path are now caged to protect them from the bunnies that ate several small plants down to nubs.|
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' is STILL blooming strong with regular dead-heading|
|Ever-blooming Grevillea 'Superb' continues to out-perform even the other large-flowered Grevilleas in my garden|
|Hunnemannia fumariifolia (aka Mexican tulip poppy) is new to my garden this year but doing well despite my sandy soil|
When I checked last April's Bloom Day post, I discovered that most everything is blooming on schedule, despite the stretch of higher-than-average temperatures we've had recently. However, many of the flowers on my April bloomers are less profuse this year than they were last year, which I attribute to the substantially lower rain levels this past winter. Our "normal" annual rain total is about 14 inches, most if not all of which falls during the winter months. During the 2016-2017 rain year (calculated from October 1st 2016 through September 30th 2017), our rain totaled just over 24 inches and the garden celebrated the bounty. This past winter (since October 1st 2017), our roof-top weather station recorded 3.59 inches, just 26% of "normal" and 15% of the prior year's total. I can only hope that the summer will be punctuated by some tropical rainstorms.
Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, our Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day host, to see what's blooming elsewhere this April.
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