In my mid-month Bloom Day post, I bemoaned the fact that some of my most flamboyant bulb blooms hadn't yet made an appearance. That changed in the second half of the month.
|Scilla peruviana (aka Portuguese Squill) was a haphazard bloomer for my first few years here but it's become more dependable the last few years, a sign that I should plant more of these bulbs as well|
I featured a single photo of one Leucospermum bloom in my earlier post, which is all there was to show at that point. I took a ridiculous number of photos of that one flower as the bloom slowly unfurled. My obsession has continued since then as more flowers have begun to open.
Narcissi of various types have been blooming in my garden since January but more appeared last week, my favorite of which is the Tazetta Daffodil, Narcissus 'Geranium'.
|This one produces as many as 6 flowers on each stem, making each stem look like a bouquet all by itself|
I inherited several Phlomis fruticosa (aka Jerusalem sage) with the garden but most of the shrubs have declined significantly in the last few years, presumably due to persistent drought and soaring summer-time temperatures. I pulled a couple and hard-pruned the others about 2 months ago. I didn't have high hopes that they'd rebound; however, at least 2 shrubs are making a good go at doing just that.
|I love the soft yellow of the flowers, which always strike me as something Dr. Seuss might have drawn|
My mid-month post featured a single photo of a Ranunculus, the only one of these in bloom at that time. The tubers in my cutting garden suddenly got cracking during the second half of the month.
|From one bloom to more than a dozen in matter of days|
The next candidate for my top new blooms list is an odd one. Some of you may find it homely but I find it very interesting.
|This is Salvia africana lutea. I picked up a small plant at my local botanic garden 3 years ago. It's still a little less than 2 feet tall but it's blooming well this year. The flower's shape and color is unusual.|
My next "new" bloom doesn't really fit the category as I've described it thus far. It blooms nearly continuously but it's so hard to photograph that I seldom feature it. I cut it back a month ago and it's looking particularly good right now. I also managed a half-way decent photo of it for once so here it is:
My last entry is a flowering tree I found blooming only yesterday. Once I noticed the blooms on mine, I noticed the same species in bloom all over town, as if a bell sounded to call them out.
|This is Cercis occidentalis (aka Western Redbud). In my garden it wants to be a shrub, producing a lot of suckers at its base. If it wasn't for this annual display of flowers, I'd probably pull both of mine out.|
That's it for my top 10 blooms for the second part of March. Visit Chloris at The Blooming Garden to discover what she and other gardeners are celebrating as Spring kicks off. Check out my Bloom Day post if you want to see what else is blooming in my garden at the moment - our heavier-than-usual winter rains have created magic.
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