I'll start with my back garden.
|This is the view from my back door looking roughly southeast toward the entrance to the Los Angeles harbor|
|Achillea 'Moonshine' has a jump on summer|
|This will be the second year for Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' in my garden and it's off to a good start|
|Echium webbii, possibly my favorite Echium, although I did a poor job pruning it last year|
|Ozothamnus diosmifolius, aka rice flower|
|This section of the back garden sits on the north side of the backyard patio|
|The luminescent bracts of Leucadendron 'Pisa' do a good job of imitating flowers|
|Leucospermum 'Brandi' may be the most exciting plant flowering in my garden at the moment. The flowers are long-lasting both on the shrub and in a vase.|
|Lobelia laxiflora, a bit of a weed|
Moving to the north end of the house brings us here:
|This is the first year I've been really happy with this area, even if it's pinker than I intended|
|Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl', which is fading fast as the month progresses|
|Centranthus ruber is another weed here, albeit a pretty one. I've been actively encouraging the white form to spread. The groundcover plant in the foreground is Dorycnium hirsutum, another rampant self-seeder (aka hairy Canary clover).|
Next, we take a walk down the gravel path and turn right at the fence to descend a steep set of concrete stairs.
|This is the view from the lower, flat area of the back slope looking back up to the top of the concrete stairway|
|Three colors of Centranthus ruber have been allowed to spread here|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Euphorbia 'Dean's Hybrid', Eschscholzia californica (aka California poppy), noID heirloom Iris germanica, Pelargonium 'White Lady', Ligustrum japonicum, and more pink evening primrose|
If we go back up the stairs and walk toward the house to pass through a gate on the right, we're in my cutting garden.
|This used to be a vegetable garden but who am I kidding - I'm a flower freak|
|The sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus 'Pastel Sunset Mix') did well in the half-barrel, although I did a poor job of training the vines to grow over the tomato cage I stuck there. The vines in the third raised planter haven't done nearly as well.|
|Orlaya grandiflora (aka Minoan lace), grown from seed, has done very well this year - the rabbits never found it!|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Calendula officianalis 'Zeolights', seed-sown larkspur (Consolida ambigua), Coriandrum sativum, Digitalis purpurea, Nigella papillosa 'Starry Night Mix', and Pelargonium peltatum|
Continuing our counterclockwise walk around the house brings us to the front garden.
|Front view of the house from the driveway|
|Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' was just starting to bloom in mid-April but, as we come up on mid-May, it's mostly done. This photo was taken 10 days ago when it was still in good shape.|
|I originally planted Gazania 'White Flame' in beds approaching the front door but self-seeded plants are producing a range of flowers in various colors|
|This is Grevillea 'Superb' with Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' to the right|
|Six Rosa 'Pink Meidiland' shrubs came with the garden. They've responded well to our winter rain.|
|The other side of the driveway contains a more low-profile garden space|
|The most dominant element in this area at the moment is Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly' (aka sweet pea shrub)|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa (aka peppermint willow), Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead', Lavandula stoechas, and 2 noID roses|
Walking south through the front garden brings us to a fork in the path. A trip down a mulch-covered path brings us into the section of my garden occupied by my lath (shade) house.
|A moderate slope leads to a flat area at the southwest corner of our property, on which sits my lath house. This view is looking east, back toward the entrance to the Los Angeles harbor.|
|Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschien' and Nemesia 'Little Banana'|
|Pelargonium peltatum 'Pink Blizzard' backed by Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis', which came with the garden|
Walking back the way we came to the main level of the garden brings us to the last stop on our tour, the garden on the south side of our house.
|A lot of this area is covered in succulents but there are flowers here too|
|Succulent Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi Verde' surprised me by blooming much more profusely than its variegated sibling|
|Cistus pulverulentus 'Sunset', one of the splashiest rockroses|
|Wahlenbergia 'Blue Cloud' spread more than I expected but I forgive it because its blue|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Delosperma 'Violet Wonder', Cistus 'Grayswood Pink', self-seeded Lagurus ovatus (aka bunny tail grass), Leucospermum 'Goldie', and Lotus berthelotii 'Amazon Sunset'|
Okay, that's it! Well, not really. I did leave some plants out but I figured I couldn't test your patience or interest any further. Last month's Bloom Day review had been the longest one ever but I'm afraid I exceeded the photo count still further with this one. Maybe including the wide shots wasn't such a good idea...
For more flower-filled posts, visit our Garden Bloggers' bloom Day host, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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