After lunch I happened to peek over the 4-ft. fence that surrounds our front yard and my bleary eyes feel upon this sizzling sight:
An iceplant in full bloom! Not only that, it’s also the first iceplant this year to flower. I could swear it wasn’t blooming yesterday, but I don’t always look at this particular corner of the front yard. Plus, when iceplant flowers are closed—which is pretty much whenever the sun isn’t shining on them—they are difficult to spot; a closed iceplant flower doesn’t give away the vibrant colors inside.
This stunning iceplant is Drosanthemum micans. I bought it in April 2012 at Annie’s Annuals so it’s been in the ground for almost a year. It’s almost tripled in size but this is the first time it’s bloomed.
According to Annie’s web site, Drosanthemum micans forms a mound up to 2½ ft. tall and 3 ft. across. If and when that happens, people on the other side of the street will be blinded by the vibrant colors!