This afternoon I took advantage of a break in the rain to see what it’s in bloom at the Ruth Storer Valley-Wise Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum. This garden is dedicated to flowering perennials and small shrubs that do especially well in our Mediterranean climate. The focus is on plants that need relatively little water and maintenance, and yet look good most of the year.
While the majority of plants aren’t blooming yet, there was still a surprising variety of color. It was just what my sore eyes needed after a week of sometimes torrential rain.
|Close-up of Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’|
|White winter daphne (Daphne odora ‘Alba’) in the |
UC Davis Arboretum White Garden. A truly stunning plant, and incredibly fragrant.
|Close-up of Daphne odora ‘Alba’|
|What a perfect combination for late winter/early spring: Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus) and |
sweet violet (Viola odorata).
|This combination is bit more exotic: Helleborus argutifolius and |
an Aloe striata x maculata hybrid.
|Bergenia crassifolia in full bloom. |
Does anybody know why its common name is “pipsqueak”?
|Bergenia crassifolia flower|
|Close-up of flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Blood Red’).|
|Mexican bush sedum (Sedum praealtum) just beginning to bloom. This is a fairly uncommon sedum that grows to 3 ft., forming stalks that look very much like the stalks of a mature jade plant.|
|Flower of Mexican bush sedum (Sedum praealtum), just beginning to open up.|
|Even though they’re a long time from flowering, these striped-leaf Dalmatian iris (Iris pallida ‘Argentea Variegata’), native to Croatia, look stunning as they put out new growth. |
|Is there a more classic spring flower than the daffodil? As common as it is, it’s such a welcome sight every spring (or in our case, late winter).|