Despite the persistence of colder-than-usual temperatures, my garden is working hard to get a head start on spring. Some plants, like the Leucospermums, are noticeably absent on this March Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, but there's still a lot of color to be found. This month I'm going to start off with the most photogenic subjects in my garden.
|Grevillea 'Superb' literally blooms year-round and it routinely appears in my Bloom Day posts but I'm not sure it's ever received the head-line attention it deserves. As even I gasped when I turned a the corner and saw it this month, I decided it was time.|
|Ceanothus arboreus 'Cliff Schmidt' was blooming last month but this shot, backed by the blue sky between rainstorms, is particularly striking|
|Abelia floribunda 'Chiapas', another plant like the Ceanothus that occupies my neglected back slope, is also still blooming this month, and I'm still working at trying to propagate it. Its scent is stronger than that of my Freesias!|
|Salvia lutea (aka known as S. africana-lutea) is an attention-grabber. I picked up the plant at my local botanic garden in 2016 at a spring garden sale (in the days the garden sold plants propagated onsite). I've never seen it anywhere else.|
There was one especially big surprise.
|I have a LOT of Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' in my garden. It's a splashy plant, even without flowers. I've periodically seen tiny buds on it but it's never produced many flowers at one time. I'm crediting the heavy rain we've had since January with making a difference this year. The yellow puff-balls are small but profuse.|
The bulk of my usual cool-season bloomers have arrived right on schedule. I published a post on the Osteospermums earlier this week but here's a line-up of the rest.
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' (top) and A. 'Large Marge' are flashing their colors. A. 'Opera Pink' is playing shy but I expect it'll show up sometime this spring.|
|The Argyranthemum frutescens are in hyperdrive. Clockwise from the upper left are: 'Aramis Bicolor', 'Comet Pink'. 'Grandaisy Red', 'Grandaisy Yellow', and 'White Butterfly'.|
|I inherited the Auranticarpa rhombifolium shown here. One of our former neighbors told me that the shrubs were originally used all along the front of the the property as a hedge but she indicated that the majority of them were replaced by our current Xylosma congestum hedge when the Auranticarpa began to die off. A half dozen remain in various corners of the garden.|
|Two of my Cistus have started blooming in earnest, C. 'Grayswood Pink' on the left and C. x skanbergii on the right|
|Coleonema album (left) and C. pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' (right) are quickly covering themselves with tiny flowers|
|I've discovered that Felicia aethiopica 'Tight & Tidy' will bloom year-round if sheared regularly to remove the spent blooms|
|Grevillea 'Superb' isn't the only member of the genus in bloom at the moment. Clockwise from the upper left are: G. alpina x rosmarinifolia, G. 'Peaches & Cream', G. sericea, G. lavandulacea 'Penola', and G. 'Scarlet Sprite'. Only 'Peaches & Cream' blooms year-round like 'Superb'.|
|Limonium perezii (aka sea lavender) is a dependable perennial that blooms for months. Its flowers are great in dry arrangements.|
|Salvia 'Pozo Blue' is a relatively low-growing hybrid of S. clevelandii and S. leucophylla but it's spreading further than I expected - and it roots as the stems extend themselves, which means I may have chosen its placement poorly|
With the exception of the Dutch Iris and Anemone coronaria, the spring-flowering bulbs are off and running too.
|Freesias galore! The flowers tend to flop if not well-supported and one rainstorm after another isn't helping keep them upright.|
|I've had spotty luck this year with Hippeastrums (commonly call Amaryllis but actually part of a separate genus). Clockwise from the left are: H. 'Apple Blossom' (although it's a lot more coral than it should be), H. 'La Paz', and H. Saffron'.|
|Ipheion uniflorum (aka spring starflower) has spread throughout my garden|
|The paperwhites are mostly bloomed out but the larger-flowered Narcissi are rolling out, albeit rather slowly. Clockwise from the left: a noID variety, N. 'Katie Heath', and N. 'Sunny Girlfriend'. |
|The bulk of my Sparaxis tricolor (aka harlequin flower) are orange but a few other colors show up here and there|
A number of succulents are blooming as well.
|Succulents in bloom include, clockwise from the upper left: Aloe deltoideodonta, A. striata, Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi, Crassula multicava 'Red', Echeveria agavoides, E. 'Mira', E. 'Lola', and Crassula orbicularis var rosularis|
I'll close as usual with the best of the rest, organized into color-related collages.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Alstroemeria 'Inca Lucky', Calliandra haematocephala, Erysimum 'Winter Orchid', Leucadendron salignum 'Blush', Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', Lobelia laxiflora, Primula vulgaris, and Ribes viburnifolium|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Aeonium arboreum, noID yellow and orange Calendula, Euphorbia rigida, Euryops chrysanthemoides 'Sonnenschein', Gaillardia 'Spintop Copper Sun', Laurus nobilis, and Senna artemisioides|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Daphne odora, Isopogon anemonifolius, Primula vulgaris, and Pyrethropsis hosmariense. Many flowers of the latter are being consumed by rabbits even before the buds open.|
|Clockwise from the left: Boronia crenulata 'Shark Bay', Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl', and Persicaria capitata|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Aristea inaequalis, Echium handiense, Lavandula multifida, L. dentata, Polygala fruticosa, Scabiosa columbaria, Viola 'Penny Peach', and Pericallis 'Senetti Violet Bicolor'|
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by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party
Such abundance. Even if the cold weather is making some plants late, many are appreciating the extra blessed rain.ReplyDelete
Salvia lutea is indeed an attention-grabber! It has very unusual bloom color, lucky you for scoring one of them when it was available. No rooting stems on this one I suppose?
Whether it is Argyranthemum frutescens 'White Butterfly' or Pyrethropsis hosmariense, there is sweetness about those small white flowers with yellow center that tugs at my heart strings.
The harlequin flower is gorgeous, especially the orange one! I could never have too many of those.
Simple white daisies are worth their weight in gold! I actually haven't tried to propagate the Salvia lutea, Chavli. I really should give it a try. I noticed that it produced one very long vine-like stem, making me wonder if it wants to propagate itself through layering. Of course, that thought didn't occur to me until after I cut off the stem...Delete
Every time you share Salvia lutea blooms I kick myself for not buying them when I saw them. Never again! It will be mine. Also—how interesting that I never thought about Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' blooming. I mean it's an acacia, of course it would get those yellow puff balls, but still, so interesting to see.ReplyDelete
Ha! I had the same thought about my surprise at seeing 'Cousin Itt' in bloom as every other Acacia I've ever seen blooms but, in my defense, my own plants are the first ones I've seen in bloom anywhere. They've produced the tiny buds before but never took off as they have this year. Apparently, they like atmospheric rivers!Delete
Wow! What a wonderful collection of pretty flowers you have today!ReplyDelete
Happy Bloom Day!
Thanks Lea. Despite the colder-than-average temperatures, it's already spring here :)Delete
Your Grevilleas have always made me gasp, Kris. I'm still dreaming of finding a local source for one. That Ceanothus is gasp-worthy too. :) Does Sparaxis naturalize for you?ReplyDelete
The Sparaxis come back reliably every year and they show some signs of spreading, albeit slowly. I wish I had more color variation, though. I bought a mix of Sparaxis bulbs on 2 separate occasions but both times almost all turned out orange flowers.Delete
Amazing March BD show, Kris!ReplyDelete
Thanks Denise. As HB often says, rain is magic!Delete
Oh yes, they are photogenic for sure! Grevillea 'Superb' is really special...but then they all are. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Beth. I'm surprised it took me so long to find Grevillea 'Superb' but then I guess is wouldn't have appreciated my former tiny shade garden.Delete
Your spring garden is beautiful! The soft orange color of Grevillea 'Superb' is divine. And I absolutely love the shot of the Limonium with all the different stages of bloom. I thought at first the spent or unopened blooms in the middle were something different that were matching the color of the Limonium perfectly.ReplyDelete
Limonium perezii is an underappreciated plant here. It can get ratty looking over the years, especially if not attended to at least annually, but both the plant and its flowers are long-lasting and splashy in their own right.Delete
Way too many flowers to have a favorite. I love them all. How wonderful to wake up to all of this every day.ReplyDelete
Southern California has its positive aspects ;) Rain hasn't been one of these for many years but this year is a notable exception. Luckily, in my area we've had plentiful rain but not enough to cause other problems; however, the same can't be said for all parts of the state.Delete
Pure delight to peruse this bloom day post, Kris! As you know, I'm a bit weary of winter. :) ElizaReplyDelete
Despite the colder-than-usual temperatures, I think I can safely say we've moved into spring. You need a trip someplace warmer, Eliza!Delete
Wow, your spring blooms are abundant! I have several cousin itt as well, and I had no idea it could/would bloom. It's gorgeous with or without.ReplyDelete
Acacias seem to be reliable bloomers, tz, but I was still surprised when 'Cousin Itt' bloomed, especially as I've never even seen photos of them with flowers. They've produced a scattering of tiny buds in my garden in recent years but they've never bloomed like they have this year. I giving credit to all the rain we've had.Delete
It’s like walking through a botanical garden every time visiting your property. That Grevillea 'Superb’ is gorgeous, as well as everything else!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lee. We get a head start on spring ;)Delete