Thursday, March 21, 2019

Stop and Start

It's spring, it's winter, it's ????. Welcome to March in the Bay Area. Or in any part of the country where the weather is changing its mind in more extreme ways.
I'm a little under the weather today but did have some nice photos to share so will leave off any further ruminations. Lots of bulb photos adding some spring cheer.

Sparaxis variety. Most of my Sparaxis have come up that familiar reddish-orange with a yellow center but here's a pink one.

Narcissus Shrike. One of my new daffodils this year. Love the color of the 'cup.'

Sparaxis variety. Here's that popular color combination for the Harlequin flower.

Tulip Pinocchio. This is one of many species tulips in my garden this year. Quite large flowers and you can see the pink ribs and gold centers. 

Osteospermum Blue-eyed Beauty. Not sure where they're getting the 'blue' in the name but nonetheless this variety of African Daisy is indeed a beauty.

Tulipa chrysantha Cynthia. Another charming little species tulip.

Walkway bed. Lots and lots of bulbs crammed in here plus Mimulus, Trachelium, Erysimum, Helenium, a low spreading Scabiosa and Black lotus.

Dutch iris. So easy to grow; so lovely.

Lathyrus Solstice Crimson. A new bright red sweet pea that Annie's is growing this year.

Wonga-wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana). This has turned into a beautiful monster, climbing high into my neighbor's fir tree. Cute little flowers completely different than those of the typical Bower vine.

Camellia Lila Naff. Love that coral color!

Camellia Jury's Yellow. Not many true yellows in the world of camellias. This selection's yellow is concentrated more in the center. 

Bromeliad variety. This one has climbed to 10' tall, putting out reddish-green clusters along the way. It's also sprouted quite a few burgundy bracts, though few pale violet flowers have emerged from them.

Yet another species tulip, this one T. kaufmannii Johann Strauss. You can't see from this angle but the backsides of the petals are pink.

Narcissus Taurus Split Cup. Another new entry and here the 'cup' is flattened more so and the colors range from pale peach to a stronger pink.

A wider shot of my collection of Narcissus Shrike. 

Narcissus Orangerie. This variety has a neat trick, with the flattened cups starting off bright yellow then aging to an peach color.

Phoebe spotted a crow trying to extricate food from a plastic wrapper and kept an alert eye on it.

Trachelium Hamer Pandora. This variety is known for its 'purple' leaves but here this spring the leaves are almost black. Soon heads comprised of tiny vivid purples will sprout from the tips of branches.

Just as there are species tulips, there are species Gladiolas. Here's one I planted last year called Las Vegas. Seems suitably named given its splashy colors.

Though the flowers are tinier than I expected, the blooms on this Muscari azureum are a lovely robins-egg-blue.

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