Wednesday, March 14, 2018

All weather all the time

Yep, it's sort-of-spring (yes, that's an actual season here in the wacky Bay Area). Meaning, spring for two hours, then back to winter, then who knows what. Not good for commercial crops but our gardens seem to be able to handle the roller-coaster weather. Mine is responding to the rain especially. Even with SOS (sort-of-spring), it's time to get out in the garden. Prep the soil, yank out weeds and do a little D&S (Dreaming & Scheming) as to which new plants you might add to your garden.
Here's a few photos from my SOS garden.

I love Arisaemas (Jack-in-the-Pulpit) and here's my A. nepenthoides starting to unfurl its spathe. A very exciting time for Arum fans.

Helleborus 'Amethyst Gem.' Here's a better shot of the double Lenten Rose. Lovely and prolific!

Everybody loves Dutch iris and here's one showing off the richest purple colors.

Nemesias may be common but they're a way to add quick and inexpensive color to the garden.

Not sure why this Dutch iris is named 'Apollo' but it's a pretty pale lilac and yellow color. 

Ranunculus. These early spring bulbs may have a short bloom season but they make up for that with large flowers sporting vivid colors.

My Chantilly Bronze snapdragon keeps on flowering, rain or shine, warm temps or cold, through the indignity of Trump tweets ... The Chantilly series seems an especially vigorous one and my specimen has been in continuous bloom since last July.

Tulip or not to tulip. Yes, this bright fellow is a tulip, one of the species types (T.
vvedenskyi Tangerine Beauty). Whew, say that real fast ten times! It turned out to have a larger yellow center than the photo showed when I ordered it. Fine by me. Vivid!

Phlomis fruticosa. This hardy low growing sage has firmly established itself now and has begun to open masses of golden yellow flowers.

Westringia Wynyabbie Highlight. The variegated form of Westringia, it's now slowly adding delicate lavender-colored flowers. An Aussie native, it's tough as nails and adaptable to a variety of conditions, though it does prefer sun.

Calothamnus villosus. A rather unique and sometimes hard to find plant, this is one of those plants that sprouts flowers along the stems, not at the tips of leafy branches. Flowers look delicate but are waxy and slightly stiff. 

Luculia pinceana. A winter through spring bloomer, this highly fragrant shrub wants a bit of relief from the hottest part of the day.

Daffodil variety. So many wonderful daffodils out there and one of their most appealing characteristics is that they are perhaps the fastest to bloom from when the shoots first appear, sometimes in as little as 2-3 weeks.

Ferraria crispa var. nortieri. Anyone who reads this blog knows I'm a big fan of Ferrarias. Cream-colored varieties are hard to come by so I'm glad to have this beauty in my garden.

Helleborus 'Silver Dollar.' This is turning out to be a very prolific bloomer, even its first season. Love the foliage too.

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