I had to take close up shots to make it look like I have a lot of flowers hereabouts - things are pretty quiet here, not to say downright scruffy. Town mouse's garden is looking very lovely right now even though it's only January.
I've been trying without much success to grow Pink Flowering Currant, Ribes sanguineum glutinosum. Which is a pity because I wanted it to be a thematic plant all over the place. The only theme it's playing is "I don't wanna live here any more." I've tried it in sun and shade both. Well here's a picture from the most successful one which has squozen out a couple blooms.
On the other hand my Ribes indecorum, White Chaparral Currant, is covered in pretty little white clusters. Plus it has been deer proof, whereas they have nibbled on the sanguineum.
A last lone couple of blooms liven up the Mimulus "Trish" bush. I really love the salmon color.
And I haven't been able to cut down my Pitcher Sage, Lepechinia calycina, because it keeps putting out new blossoms, then the big long stalks fall over. I've usually cut it to about 12 inches by now.
The ceanothus plants are starting to bud out. We lost a couple nice indigenous trees this year, and I want to try to propagate some others before they all go. I think this one is either Dark Star or Joyce Coulter, not sure.
The indigenous Arctostaphylos (crustacea) are not yet blooming. Here's a spreading cultivar that is finally starting to spread - "Pacific Sunset" - closeup, then the plant, which is about 2 or 3 feet across now.