'Twas a muggy weekend until last night when a cool weather system blew in off the Pacific Ocean. The muggy system wasn't happy with being bullied eastward and fought back with a vengeance. The ensuing flashes and rumbles woke us but the sound of gentle rainfall lullabyed us back to sleep. Like California, we need rain so despite today's dreariness, no one seems to be complaining. My hubby calls it "free water" for obvious reasons.
The bloomers are a bloomin'....
|Pelargonium (Geranium) 'Apple Blossom' is my favorite. Not easy to find,|
I wintered it over to ensure I'd have it again.
|The California poppies really enjoy the sunshine.|
|Oxalis crassipes is a happy camper!|
|Here it skirts (swallows) the terrestrial orchids Bletilla striata.|
I think some amending might be in order.
|Nierembergia blossoms from plants that successfully overwintered!|
|The first flowers from last year's purchase: Geranium 'Ann Thompson.'|
|Geranium 'Night Rider'|
|Geranium 'Jolly Bee' in the upper left hand corner|
color-echoing the creeping Campanula.
|Rosa 'Carefree Spirit'|
|Rosa 'Floral Carpet'|
The whiskey barrel this plant was living in finally rotted.
It's new home, this vintage wheelbarrow, is placed in a more sunny location
and the results make me happy.
|Rosa 'William Baffin'|
|Rosa 'Cinco de Mayo' with 'Tiger Eyes' Sumac (Rhus typhina)|
|Rosa 'Jacques Cartier' soooo fragrant!|
|Clematis 'Ville de Lyon'|
|Clematis viticella 'Palette'|
|I love these little bells.|
|This Clematis leaf was almost a flower!|
|I'm so happy with Anemone 'Wild Swan'|
|Three Monkeys... Monkey Flowers, that is. (Mimulus)|
|Rodgersia 'Bronze Peacock' I thought it was dead because it was so s-l-o-w to leaf out.|
But look at it now!
A few wide shots of the garden...
|My youngest daughter is working on a pebble mosaic, hence the pans of rocks.|
|Phuopsis stylosa in full regalia.|
When not in bloom, this plant smells like skunk.
I think it's time for it to go.
|Rosa 'William Baffin' with white blooms of Hydrangea serrata 'Preziosa' on the right.|
The Hydrangea blooms will darken to pink, then red, then burgundy.
The Rose blossoms will wilt and fall off. :)
|The shady area|
|This Red-Legged Frog lives in our outer pond.|
Yesterday she decided to nap in this Hebe while wisps of Stipa gigantea flowers
rained down on her.
|I was happy to see and even happier to photograph this baby Lady Beetle|
having her aphid lunch.
|This big guy was following me around the garden.|
Funny, I don't look like a bug, do I?
|I think maybe he just wanted to get on the Internet.|
|Finally, while working on this blog post, a pretty Red-Breasted Sapsucker|
landed on my courtyard fountain, apparently a little thirsty.
Not the best photo but considering I took it through (dirty) glass, it's not too bad.
I hope you're enjoying many peaceful hours in the garden.