Despite the lower than desired rainfall, my usual February blooms appear to be right on schedule.
|Ceanothus arboreous 'Cliff Schmidt' on my back slope is putting on its best display yet|
|Echium handiense 'Pride of Fuerteventura', a native of the Canary Islands and always the first of my Echiums to bloom, is putting on a good show|
|Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschein' (left) and Euryops x virgineus 'Tali' (right) are pumping out blooms in the same color but different sizes|
|Pyrethropsis hosmariense (aka Moroccan daisy) is pretty in both bud and bloom|
|Pyrus calleryana (aka ornamental pear) is a messy tree with funky smelling flowers but it stands out at this time of year|
|The flowers of Ribes viburnifolium 'Catalina Perfume' are tiny but plentiful|
|My prostrate rosemary have been blooming for some time but the flowers are now too profuse to ignore|
Cooler temperatures have given the African daisies their usual seasonal boost.
|Gazanias are popping up all over, although the progeny of many of the self-seeded plants haven't replicated their parental stock|
|Osteospermums definitely prefer temperatures on the cooler side|
I was particularly delighted by the appearance of a couple of early blooms.
|I often complain that hellebores are slow to bloom here. This year Helleborus 'Blue Lady (left) and 'Phoebe' (right) are a month or so ahead of schedule. 'Phoebe's' foliage also seems to have taken on some variegation.|
Certain plants can always be depended on to show up.
|Bauhinia x blakeana (aka Hong Kong orchid tree) has been blooming for months|
|Camellia williamsii 'Taylor's Perfection' produced its first blooms before Bloom Day last month, peaked in late January, and is now on the decline|
|Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' has also been blooming for months but the flowers blanket the shrubs now|
|Gomphreana decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy' has recovered from the hard pruning it received in November|
|The large-flowered Grevilleas bloom year-round. Clockwise from the left: Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' in a wide shot and a close-up, 'Ned Kelly', and 'Superb'|
|The small-flowered Grevilleas join in at this time of year to produce a profusion of blooms. Clockwise from the upper left: Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite', G. lavandulacea 'Penola', G. alpina x rosmarinifolious, G. sericea, and G. rosmarinifolious.|
I picked up a couple of new flowering plants this month.
|In pots by the front door: Boronia crenulata 'Sharks Bay' (left) and hybrid Pericallis 'Magic Salmon' (right)|
I've organized the best of the rest of the blooming plants by color for the record.
|Top row: Brachyscome angustifolia 'Brasco Violet', Campanula poscharskyana, Felicia aethiopica, and Freesia|
Middle row: Iris germanica in bud, Lepechinia bella, noID Muscari, and noID Violas
Bottom row: trailing Lantana and Polygala fruticosa
|Clockwise from the upper left: Cyclamen, Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink', Eustoma grandiflorum, Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl', and Lotus jacobaeus|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Argyranthemum fruticosa 'Everest', Cymbidium Sussex Court 'Not Peace', Hippeastrum 'Moon Scene', Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian White', and Westringia 'Morning Light'|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer', Euphorbia rigida, Phylica pubescens, noID Narcissus, and Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy'|
|Succulent blooms, top row: Aeonium arbroeum, Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid', and A. 'Safari Rose'|
Bottom row: Crassula multicava 'Red', C. orbicularis var rosularis, and C. rupestris 'Springtime'
That's a wrap until next month. To see what's blooming in other parts of the US and elsewhere in the world, visit the host of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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