Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2015

“A day late, a dollar short,” is that how the saying goes? I guess I’m three dollars short then since the official Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is the 15th of each month.

Personally, I prefer the saying “Better later than never.” In that spirit, here’s what blooming in my garden right now.

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Flowering here (from left to right): Euphorbia ‘Silver Swan’, Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’ and fern leaf lavender (Lavandula pinnata). The agave on the left is Agave ‘Blue Flame’, in the background on the left Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’.

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Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’

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Geum coccineum ‘Totally Tangerine’

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Fern leaf lavender (Lavandula pinnata)

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Coral aloe (Aloe striata)

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Coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea)

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Common nasturtium. I know the genus is Tropaeolum, but what species is it? Tropaeolum majus?

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Orange nasturtium

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Red nasturtium

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Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’

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Clivia miniata

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Taraxacum officinale, better known as common dandelion. Rarely grown intentionally, but everybody has it.

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Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’

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Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’

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Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’

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Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

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Euphorbia enopla

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× Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’

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Sedum adolphii. In full sun the leaves are a golden color.

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California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), for me the quintessential harbinger of spring

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California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and Yucca rostrata

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Penstemon superbum and Aloe cameronii

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Coreopsis sp. from a “dryland” see package

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Coreopsis sp. from a “dryland” see package

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Chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata)

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Silver-leaf cassia (Cassia phyllodinea), one of the plants I brought home from Arizona last December

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Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ flowers finally opening up

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a meme of May Dreams Garden. Click here to see more related posts from other garden bloggers.

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I have violets blooming and 2 silly pickles....

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    1. Definitely! Seeing so many flowers instantly improves my mood.

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  3. I love all your plant combos, Gerhard - simply wonderful! A funny story relating to your Dandelion.... Someone called in to the nursery the other day, and asked me if we sold Dandelion seeds. WHAT?!?!!! I thought it was a prank call, but no. She was serious. Just wow...

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    1. Anna I planted dandelion seeds one year, they taste wonderful! Of course I harvested before they bloomed.

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    2. Maybe she wanted to grow dandelion for salads? I've never seen dandelion seed for sale before. Maybe I should collect seeds and sell it on eBay?

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  4. More like well worth the wait seeing all those lovely blooms in your garden Gerhard!

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    1. I'm sure I'll be looking at these photos when everything is brown in the winter.

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  5. Such a great range of plants in flower for this time of year.

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    1. Thanks! I was surprised myself. All of a sudden everything exploded into bloom.

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  6. You've got a lot blooming there Mister! I think my favorite combination is the California poppy and Yucca rostrata, so very California.

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    1. I like that too. It can only be seen from our neighbor's driveway, but hey, it still counts.

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  7. Good photos. Spreading out bloom day posts gives us a chance to get to them all, or as many as we can. The Cassia is beautifully silvery.

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    1. Those silvery leaves were what drew me to that cassia. The flowers are a bonus. Plus, it was only $3.99 at Elgin Nursery in Phoenix.

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  8. The Euphorbia enopla caught my eye -- have you posted about that before? Also love the penstemon. And poppies of course!

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    1. Alan, I'm not sure I've ever featured that Euphorbia enopla before. Maybe I should do a dedicated post on all the euphorbias that have somehow moved in with us.

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  9. Happy Spring, Gerhard! Love the poppies and the yucca... so many beautiful combos. Your garden looks wonderful.

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    1. Same to you, Luisa! Ever more poppies opening up in the neighborhood. They're so cheery, but I don't want them everywhere so I keep pullling them out. Unfortunately, they don't transplant well.

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  10. Hello from Bakersfield! Love the poppies and the tangerine geum, such bright cheerful spring colors! I tore out my front lawn (1500+ s.f.) a year ago, and am making a low-water cottage garden, coming along slowly but steadily. We put in a large herb garden that fills about 25% of the yard last summer, and have wonderful blossoms year-round ... this year we are hoping to complete most of the rest of the yard, with the exception of waiting till fall for some new trees. I'll be exploring your site often, and am looking forward to planting euphorbia for the first time ever ... it comes in so many great varieties! Happy Spring :-)

    Victoria@gardencooktravel.com

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    1. Victoria, your project sounds fantastic! I love the alternatives to lawns that creative gardeners come up with. I'll check out your site!

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  11. That first photo kind of startled me, because for a moment I thought it was my garden! That agave, that euphorb and that lav all accounted for here, the only difference is that geum hasn't begun to bloom yet in its first year here. I agree that cassia is very cool.

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    1. That's too funy! It's pretty much the view from the kitchen window.

      This geum is in its third year now and blooming better than ever.

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