February First Views (Town Mouse)

As Gardenrant reports, the NWF has come to a more or less satisfactory close. So we can return to our regular programming, and with the first week of the month just starting, it's time for First Views. I started this meme because I realized that I had lots of great close-ups of the flowers in my garden, but that I did not have pictures of the garden itself, as it unfolds month by month. Now I post views of the garden every month in the first week of the month, and invite others to share their views.

When I started walking around with my camera early this morning, I was actually somewhat surprised by how green it is. We've had 2.75 inches of rain since last June (if this were a normal year, we'd have 10 inches or more). But somehow, the plants manage. Sure, I've started to water once a week, but the annuals are coming up all by themselves, Just look at the bright green California poppy in the picture above.

Other areas are more sparse. Surrounding the green container above we have Columbine all spring and summer, followed by California fuchsia in late summer and fall. But I cut everything back to 1 inch in December, so now the color comes from the Camelia that I add to the garden buddha. 
Around the corner things are already more colorful. The little pink blossoms of the Australian tea tree to the right are visited by hummingbirds every day. 

Viewed from the other side you can see the bright green Clarkia that somehow seems to hang in there, drought or not. And the biggest surprise - yes, this calls for a close-up. 

Salvia brandegii 'Pacific Blue' is actually blooming! Well, I've never seen that in late January before!

Meanwhile, the  front garden looks fairly tidy, with most of the leaves gone and the seedheads removed from Eriogonum arborescens (channel island buckwheat). And while I'm sorely missing the rain, I'm not missing the weeds that usually appear with it. Sure, there are still a few weeds but nothing like last year!

In the panorama view, we can see that a few annuals are also risking it (Phacelia to the left of the path). I'm hoping they'll make it, and might just supplement with some water. No irrigation in the front, so we'll see how motivated I get.

As a final picture, another close-up to prove that things are not as grim as they might be. The manzanita "hedge", while not yet as hedge-like as I would have hoped, is blooming quite prettily. Let's add some water here so we can get a little more growth.

And now I'm hoping some of you will join me and Country Mouse in sharing some views of the garden. I'll put up a Mr. Linky widget and visit everyone who decides to participate.


Country Mouse said…
Ah you got a jump on things!
Thanks for also linking to the pretty satisfying conclusion of the Scotts - NWF affair. It could be a TV special! It has conflict and resolution! now that would raise awareness, eh? Any tele or screenwriters out there? If nothing else it got the whole pool stirred up and raised awareness. Certainly gave me a lot to think about.
Your garden is looking very attractive in the cloudy light. isn't it great watching the reseeded annuals sprouting? I'm just getting into the annuals with our native clarkia. If only more people knew -- You don't have to plant or sow native annuals every year, as you do with conventional garden annuals. As long as said annuals are in their native habitat, or come from a similar one not too far off. So much less work and so lovely to see them growing each year. So nice to have a self sustaining display!
The lack of rain is a bit spooky, isn't it? Thank you for another garden tour. Every time I visit you I glean a little more information for my hillside project. I rooted some Coyote bush cuttings and even started some seed. Thank you for sharing this information! I really appreciate it.
Love all your views! I remembered this time. You'd think that someone who loves broad views would be able to keep up.

We've had an uncommonly mild winter with only a few freezing nights; once down to 23F.
We have had lots of rain but a very mild winter. The daffodils are beginning to bloom...usually doesn't happen until March. It is an experience...
AnneTanne said…
After a warm fall and a mild December and January, February suddenly started really cold. We hadn't any 'icedays' (temperatures not rising over 32°F - 0°C) in the first months of winter, and next night temperature will drop to 10°F, and about 20°F at daytime). On Monday, there was a tiny bit of snow, and more is promised for tomorrow.
Like last month, I repeated you meme in Dutch... If you'd like me to, I'll add the names and URL's of those participating on my blog to your list?
Sue Langley said…
What a relief, even to have a day or two of rain,....only a gardener know this feeling, I think. Your garden looks very green and tidy with all the paths connecting the different areas. I don't think I've seen the little fountain before, such a pretty accent.
I so enjoy these first view posts! What a neat record we'll all have.
Looks good! But, Salvia in January? All right, you used Photoshop! Just kidding. But this is an unusual winter!
I started to clean my garden from the old dry perennial stalks. They already showed how they look covered by snow. No more snow, please!
I'm not sure that I'd call that sleezy excuse of the lawsuit angle as a satisfactory conclusion.
First the bp thing, now the poison bird-food thing, is there anyone that the NWF won't take money from?

I think they either need to acknowledge their poor choices, and clean house, or everybody should give up on them and find someone else to protect the wildlife.

How long do we have to post our pics and join the meme?

Congrats on the salvia blooms, I had butterflies in the garden last month... The one good thing about global warming, is having less of that ridiculous cold weather.