Bloom Day April 2011

Southern California, a mile from the ocean, zone 10, spring a couple months ahead of most of the country.

With the grasses joining the frothy euphorbias in bloom, there’s now a supercharged atmosphere that animates the garden.
I love it when plants start to inhabit planes other than just ground level and do so with very little bulk. The see-through plants. Aerial fizz.

Pennisetum spathiolatum shooting skyward amongst anigozanthos.

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Luzula sylvatica ‘Aurea,’ the golden woodrush. The bluer leaves are the Tradescantia ‘Concord Grape,’ now blooming, this photo taken a couple weeks earlier.

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Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’

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Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan,’ Libertia peregrinans, Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ among blades of crocosmia yet to bloom.

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Annual poppies are still swaying, but not much longer. Temps forecast in the 80’s for the weekend. Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish in bloom in the background.

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A magellanica fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’

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The alpine aloe, A. thompsonii, its 5-foot bloom stalk knocked nearly ground level by strong winds. Just noticed yesterday two more buds to join the four in bloom.

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A nice geum from Annie’s Annuals, throwing up lots of bloom, G. magellanicum.
(Probably need to thank Ferdinand Magellan as well as Carol at May Dreams Gardens this Bloom Day.)

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G. magellanicum leaning into Canna ‘Intrigue’

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Yes, that orange is also adjacent to purple in the garden, fronting this iris relative from Australia, Patersonia drummondii, with very little information available on it. Reminds me of blue-eyed grass/sisyrinchium with more substantial flowers, the leaves taller at about a foot. Purchased in the last month, probably just a spring bloomer. Here in its nursery pot.

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And here in the ground, flowers closed in the early morning. Also reminds me of dietes, the fortnight lilies.

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Amicia zygomeris has been lightly blooming all winter but is exploding into growth and more blooms.

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Massive cumulus cloud of Geranium maderense ‘Alba’ bisected by a branch of the smoke tree ‘Grace’

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‘Grace,’ who is also in bloom.

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A different angle, with G. maderense in the distance, Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ in the foreground, Euphorbia mellifera distant left.
(Cordyline is in a large pot with pelargoniums, coprosma, musschia, aeonium, Fuchsia ‘Baby Chang,’ and probably a lot more.)

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Potted pelargoniums

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Knautia macedonia

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Salvias, dyckias, phlomis, Helleborus argutifolius still with fresh-looking blooms, a wonderful interval before the heat of summer arrives.

Wishing you all a vibrant Bloom Day to savor and enjoy this generous month.

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6 Responses to Bloom Day April 2011

  1. Ryan Miller says:

    wow, I’m charmed by a number of these plants. Amicia zygomeris was new to me and I didn’t expect it to be hardy in Zone 8 when I looked it up. (adding to wish list now)

  2. Kathy says:

    Amicia ! Zowee..I’m hoping you got it at Annies-going there tommorow .

  3. David says:

    Oh my! What a fun collection of plants this time. Such wonderful textures….dainty, perky, and even cute. Yes, they do look like aerial fizz. I love the 3rd from the last scene. You have the best garden. What a nice post.
    Happy Spring! Boing!
    David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston 🙂

  4. hoover says:

    You have an amazing variety of plants. My fav though is the ‘Hawkshead’ fuchsia–it looks like its made out of platinum. I love the Euphorbs but here they reseed by the gazillion, even with 3 or 4 inches of mulch.

  5. Denise says:

    Ryan & Kathy, I read about amicia and looked for a source last fall. Only Plant Delights had it at that time. So far this looks like a very promising plant!
    David, so glad you stopped by. I’ve had problems commenting on your blog. Hope you’re having a fine spring.
    Hoov, I get minimal reseeding from euphorbs except a small weedy type, maybe E. nicaeensis. That Hawkshead was a Hinkley/Monrovia introduction.

  6. Scott says:

    Lovely photos…just stunning! I’m totally in love with your combination of the salvia verticilata and the libertia…electric!

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