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Bloom Day March 2016

No flowers open yet, but the long-awaited beschorneria bloom stalk itself is stare-worthy. Parrot colors of vivid red with buds tipped in green. Improbably taller every day, with new subtle twists and angles to admire

It passed by the Euphorbia ammak a few days ago.

The bricks in the photo above […]

Bloom Day February 2016

This warm weather (90 again today!) is pushing an early spring. The first bloom of the many reseeded Papaver setigerum obligingly opened this morning for Bloom Day.

Meanwhile, the winter-blooming aloes aren’t ready to yield the spotlight yet. Aloe ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ is building up into its ladder-rung bloom formation.

Aloe cameronii […]

poppy days

The Dwarf Breadseed Poppy is carrying the banner for spring here. Quite silky banners too.

No stranger to the blog, posts on this poppy go back to 2010. The above photo is from 2011.

And no disrespect intended for California’s state flower, the poppy Eschscholzia californica, but Papaver setigerum’s […]

Monday clippings 3/23/15

March is certainly a fast-moving month, isn’t it? Some incidents from the garden:

Protected under the pergola, the ‘Stained Glass’ octopus agave came through an early March hailstorm without a mark. Agaves tucked against the house, under the eaves, like Agave gypsophila ‘Ivory Curls,’ also escaped the dreaded hail pockmarks. The furcraea in […]

Bloom Day April 2014

A day late for the Bloom Day report, with the above photo of the back garden taken this overcast morning and most of the closeups taken the past couple days. It’s all shockingly rumpled and disheveled already, but I still love waking up to it every morning. I’ll use this photo as […]

tuesday clippings 4/1/14

I sat down Sunday to write about the flu, earthquakes, and plant shows, but the blog server was down, so Sunday’s clippings has become Tuesday’s. And with the building I worked at today undergoing a bomb threat, I can’t remember any of what I intended to write on Sunday evening. That’s got to […]

Bloom Day March 2014

Typical for March, the reseeding poppies are the biggest showboats in my garden at the moment.

Anticipating where and against what backdrop another loopy-necked bloom will open each morning is a huge part of their appeal.

Summer-dormant Pelargonium echinatum has been so easy to rouse from its dormancy. Always in […]

soon now

Some visual encouragement from my garden today and gardens I’ve visited in the past. Just in case spring still seems impossibly far away.

private garden, Los Angeles

private garden, Los Angeles

private garden, Los Angeles

private garden, Los Angeles

private garden, Los Angeles

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flea market prep

I had so much fun yesterday organizing for the flea market this Sunday. Tapping poppy seeds into packets, gathering up all the lab beakers into a partitioned wooden box for a safe journey, making bunches of dried poppy seedpods to work their dessicated charms in old pharmacy jars.

But […]

more poppy drama

Ferocious winds all day Monday left the poppies leaning, some struck down entirely by Tuesday morning. I was clipping off broken branches and thinning, trying to trim their sail should the winds return, when Marty walked through noting, “Hey, that poppy opened.” I looked up at a couple still standing upright, saw some new blooms […]