My two favorite memes, "In a Vase on Monday" and "Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day" overlap again today. This makes for a longer than usual post but at least the subject material has a direct relationship. As I published a separate post earlier this month covering many of my flowering bulbs, including the Freesias and Narcissi, I scrapped most bulb flower photos in this post. I've also limited my usual commentary. It's still a long post but it couldn't be helped - much of the US may once again be dealing with nasty cold; however, it's Spring with a capital "S" here.
As I did last month, I'll start with this Monday's floral arrangements, created using materials from my garden.
|This arrangement, shown from the front, back and top, contains: Anemone coronaria 'Lord Lieutenant', Argyranthemum frutescens, Aristea inaequalis, white and yellow Freesias, Iris hollandica 'Sapphire Beauty', and Leucospermum 'Goldie'|
|The second arrangement contains: Alstroemeria 'Inca Vienna', Antirrhinum majus, Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold', noID Narcissus, Pyrethropsis hosmariense, and 2 tiny Tulipa 'Lady Jane'|
Moving on to Bloom Day, I'll start with what grabbed my attention.
|This is Aristea inaequalis, which is hard to photograph in part because it's battling Echium handiense for space|
|Tree-like Ceanothus arboreus 'Cliff Schmidt' on my back slope|
|The first Irises appeared last week. Iris hollandica 'Sapphire Beauty' is on the left and Iris douglasiana 'Santa Lucia' is on the right.|
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar'|
|This is one of my bulb flower exceptions this month, Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane'. Species tulips have a better track record in my garden that the splashier varieties.|
|Coleonema 'Album', aka white breath of heaven|
|Pyrethropsis hosmariense, aka Moroccan daisy|
|Leucospermum 'Goldie' paired here with Senna artemisioides|
|Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream', looking especially good right now|
|Leucospermum 'Spider Hybrid'|
|Salvia africana-lutea, aka beach salvia, is blooming about a month behind the larger specimens at the local botanic garden|
|Ferraria crispa, aka starfish lily, produced its first bloom on Saturday. The blooms are about the size of a quarter and last only about a day but the plant produces one flower after another.|
|Calliandra haematocephala, aka red powder puff, is having an especially good year despite the frequent shearing it receives to keep it within bounds|
|Two of my favorite hellebores, Helleborus 'Anna's Red' and H. 'Red Lady'|
I'll close my Bloom Day content by showing the best of the rest of what's flowering in my garden, with the exception of the aforementioned bulb blooms. The photos are consolidated into collages organized by color.
|Top row: Dianella tasmanica 'Tasred', Echium handiense, and noID Scaevola|
Middle row: Lavendula dentata, L. multifida, and L. stoechas
Bottom row: Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', Osteospermum 'Double Purple', and Polygala fruticosa
|Top row: Argyranthemum frutescens and Helleborus 'Pacific Frost'|
Middle row: Jasminum polyanthum and Nandina domestica
Bottom row: mix of self-seeded and named Osteospermums in two areas of the garden
|Left to right: Aeonium arboreum, Echeveria agavoides, and Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschein'|
|Top row: Grevillea 'Superb' and noID Kalanchoe (blooming for its second or third year)|
Bottom row: Osteopermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst' and O. 'Sunshine Beauty'
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