Sunday, March 7, 2010

Marching into Spring

We had English weather today, you know, those "intervals of sun and cloud" that have you taking your sweater off, then putting it back on again. Between wardrobe changes, a few pretty pictures were found, like these Fatsia japonica berries in various stages of ripeness...

Rosemary 'Majorca Pink' with its hard-to-photograph color; bloom has just about peaked, and will be more sporadic during the rest of the year.

Zaaaap! This is California Poppy time at its best, when the flowers and foliage are both perfect and fresh. The regular rain has been wonderful for them; later in the season they'll start to get dusty and weedy, and I'll just pull them out and scatter a few zillion seeds around for next year.

Thanks to the squirrels I'll be pulling up Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak) seedlings all year. Amazing what could grow from this perfect little beginning, if I let it...

Let's pretend, just for a moment, that this Oxalis is one of our most treasured perennials, as sought after as a Himalayan Blue Poppy. We'll ignore the piles of yellow corpses in the green recycling bin for a moment, because, well, just look how pretty!

That's not winter light any more, it's spring. The Leucadendron is going to russet, and the centers have turned dark.

Spanish Lavender is so cool up close. I can't see this kind of detail in 'real life' so it's fun to zoom in a bit and take a better look.

Gaah! Got you again. Could there be a more perfect complement to that hot orange than this cool green?

Most of the Limonium (Sea Lavender) survived the winter, which isn't always the case. The first new sprays of flowers are just starting to open, they'll be in constant bloom until next winter.

The Diascia took a little rest, and I recently cut it back, but the happy angel babies are already returning; love this soft warm coral color.

Salvia argentea (Silver Sage) is unfurling at an alarming rate. Its furry leaves remind me of the Abominable Snowman in Rudoph the...
never mind.

Interesting how the whole color mix of the Grevillea changes as more and more of the flowers open; another beautiful foliage/flower combination.

Lemon Thyme!

The Aeoniums also did well this winter, without any protective cover; they are looking so handsome with the green Senecio and poppy foliage.

She sulked all week after being left out of my last post, how could I ignore such drama?

The sweet little blossoms on the Coleonema 'Sunset Gold' are just starting to open; perhaps not my favorite color combination in the garden, but the effect is always so fresh and friendly.

I have always liked the way regular Society Garlic looks and detested the way it smells, so it's ironic that its relative, Tulbaghia simmleri, is the loveliest smelling bloom in the garden right now. Time to put my sweater on again, thanks for visiting!


  1. Wowza! Those are some stunning blooms that you have. I'm seeing so much popping up in my garden that I'm tempted to start posting them too - but they are so mundane compared to what you have growing. But also it's your photographic style - thanks for posting!

  2. A refreshing garden tour--I woke up to two inches of snow. Fun to see our State Flower looking so shiny bright at your house!

    The image of the Fatsia berries took my breath away. And since there is no way to rid my garden of oxalis (it loves cuddling itself up against the bases of my sharpest agaves) I will take your advice and look at it as a rare and much valued denizen of the garden.


  4. A photographer after my own heart. I totally love it. A good marriage
    between words and photographs. Spot on!

  5. Thanks, everybody! Pictures + Words, my favorite thing!

  6. A lot going on! You must have more sun than I have, my garden is still a little sleepy. But soon...

  7. mouth is drooling. Hey, I cannot say I have ever seen the berries of F. japonica. Sweet! Some many marvelous blooms! Matti