Apple blossoms are bursting on my six-variety espalier, and all of them look the same! These lovelies are 'Gala.'
The hybrid Fuchsias are back and ready to do their Fuchsia thing...
My contorted hazelnut is starting to unfurl. This is my favorite stage: the catkins are still hanging, the leaves are small and cute and you can see every twisty twig. By summer it becomes a rather lumpish creature.
The 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple in my courtyard does well in a pot; with regular water there is little summer burn, and it stays fresh and lovely until late fall. Shady protected corners are a great place for these trees, and they grow quite gracefully in large containers for years.
The new leaves of Nandina 'Firepower' are fantastic. This plant also seems to do best in a shady spot; it will get very fiery in full sun, but is much more elegant in shade. And it stays short, I've never seen it much more than two feet tall.
Ahh, Priscilla, Queen of the Redbuds. I found her tucked away at one of my nurseries, unpruned but full of potential. This early leaf stage is so fabulous, tiny, perfectly port-colored hearts appearing daily along the flower-covered branches, expanding to the size of my hand. Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy.'
One of the plants that followed me home from the Garden Show was this Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns) given to me by Robin Stockwell of Succulent Gardens...so cute!
Another Annie's Annuals treasure, this lavender Papaver setigerum will be a new cool-weather resident in the front garden, I'll let it reseed wherever it wants! More pics of this beauty to come; this was taken moments before it dropped its petals.
My single Echeveria pups from last spring have matured to full hen-and-chicks-hood. These have to be the easiest plants I know...
Cheating a little here; this picture of my Dutch Irish at their peak is from a couple of weeks ago, before I descended into the SF Flower & Garden Show. By the time the Show was over, they were too.
This, my friends, is why they call it Miscanthus 'Morning Light.'
It was a beautiful first season for my Crabapple 'Prairie Fire' a richer variation of the traditional pink-and-white variety, and therefore better suited for my strongly-colored spring garden.
Speaking of strongly-colored, Euphorbia 'Helena's Blush' is at peak bloom, and is not in the least shy about it.
The purple sage is bouncing back after a rather drab, slug-infested winter; its muted tones are nicely neutral.
Lunch! My Green Globe artichokes are small but tasty!
Yucca 'Bright Star' made it through winter beautifully, and I have a feeling my tiny little friend won't be tiny much longer...
The Meyer lemon tree is still laden with winter fruit (did I hear someone say Lemon Curd? I'm intrigued) and now it's full of bloom as well, one of the best fragrances in the garden.
And perched on top of a bulb on my string of porch lights, a new hummingbird nest, with eggs just about ready to hatch. I pay attention to the creatures that appear in my life, and recently found this explanation of a hummingbird totem:
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- Hummingbirds teach us to draw the life essence from flowers, & how to use flowers to heal & win hearts in love.
- Hummingbirds teach us fierce independence, & how to fight in a way where no one really gets hurt.
- Hummingbirds teach us simple courage.
- Hummingbirds inspire us to protect the environment & to preserve old traditions that are in danger of being lost.