Friday, April 7, 2017

TGIF: a few spring pictures to celebrate the end of a tedious work week

It's been a long and tedious work week, but thank God, it's Friday!

There's riotous color everywhere, but I was chained to my desk all week and wasn't able enjoy it. These photos are the best I could manage.

Even though there's plenty of work left to do in our garden, it's rewarding to see little vignettes where everything has come together in a way that makes me happy. What more could I ask?

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' and Grevillea 'Superb' in the front yard

Alluaudia procera leafing out and Agave bovicornuta

The front yard bed along the sidewalk is a riot of color from California poppies and various Arctotis hybrids

The agave is Agave weberi 'Arizona Star'; I expect it to put on quite a bit of size this year

A dark orange selection of California poppy called 'Red Chief'

Silver and blue-green are colors, too!

Aloe 'Erik the Red' and California poppies

The lilac in the backyard (Syringa vulgaris 'Blue Skies') bloomed late this year and lasted longer than it usually does

The lilac looks great paired with the fern-leaf lavender (Lavandula multifida). To the left of the stone lantern is the 'Moon Lagoon' eucalyptus I was given by my friend Luisa.

As always at this time year, there are lots of nasturtiums in flower. They were here when we bought our house almost 20 years ago, and they have reseeded every year since then.


  1. Glad you got at least a tiny glimpse of the beauty you've been working to create. Hopefully there's a little more "garden time" in your future.

    1. I have time to garden today but now it's raining. I think I'll make a nursery run, though. I need yellow-flowering arctotis. See my comment to Kathy below.

  2. Your sidewalk garden is looking so festive Gerhard !

    1. Yeah, I'm not afraid of clashing colors. But I can already tell I need more yellows.

      The poppies are SOOOOO fat this year. All that rain! And if the weather cooperates, we should be able to enjoy them a little while longer.

  3. I love the bright greens with the vibrant shades of reddish oranges!

  4. The plants look beautiful after such a rainy winter. I hope you get time to get out there. Part of my garden is full of nasturtiums too--they'll be dried out and finished all too soon.

  5. employment is such a nuisance, isn't it? I get downright grumpy about it in spring. Amazing spring show happening in your garden, even if it carries on without you!