This is one of a pair of posts - Please also check out Town Mouse's suburban garden blooms.
I'm just going to annotate the photos in whatever order they uploaded - it's all good in whatever order encountered!
|Our local wild manzanita - Arctostaphylos tomentosa crustacea, blooming all over the south facing chaparral slope|
|A deeper red variety of pink flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum, than you often see. I think I got this at the CNPS plant sale several years ago, and forget the variety.|
|Our local wild manzanita - Arctostaphylos tomentosa crustacea, en masse|
|Dutchman's pipevine - Aristolochia californica, which we plant in the Bay Area and beyond in hopes of encouraging the pipevine swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor hirsuta) whose larvae rely on this plant. It could happen!|
|Quite a cluster of dutchman's pipevine blossoms - but only in one part of the vine...|
|The Aristolochia californica vine is really bare - both because of the time of year, and maybe also just state of this particular vine. I might just coppice it this year, not sure. It grows in a lot of places in the garden and is leafier elsewhere.|
|Wild bee plant volunteering in the garden! Scrophularia californica. I love its tiny but profuse flowers. It also has nice foliage, big leaves, very green. But it does tend to sprawl.|
|Coast sunflower, Encelia californica, a Southern California native that definitely doesn't grow natively around here - brightens up the corner of my garden, a huge spreading low shrub (or woody perennial) that the birds love to scratch around in.|
Pink blossoms, and "fatter" inflorescences - is it Arctostaphylos tomentosa crustacea, or do we have two types of manzanita here, hybridizing naturally? I don't know yet.
|Buds of sugar bush, Rhus ovata, another Southern native. Troublefree and attractive in my garden. Bert at Las Pilitas Nursery has a discursive entry for this plant on his plant description page, branching out into fire safety among other things.|
|The whole Ribes indecorum enchilada! I wish I had planted this where I didn't have to prune - as it is it grows to about 8 X 6 feet every year.|
|Ribes speciosum, fuchsia-flowering gooseberry. It's a prickly one, but oh! those dramatic jewel-be-dripping boughs!|
|Another Ribes sanguineum, pink flowering currant. These are native up and down the coastal counties and in a few other spots. They like a little shade and more moisture than the chaparral currants.|
|I took almost all the rosemary out from around my dad's cottage beds, but this one tumbles so nicely over the wall. The others had gotten old and woody and were just too much dry shrubbery growing up the walls of the cottage for comfort.|
|"Bees Bliss" salvia, a hybrid that has been growing in this spot for about six years. Tough as nails once it gets established and extremely drought tolerant. In a couple other spots where I tried planting it, it is not so happy, and I'm not sure why.|
Late as it is, I'll register this post on the February May Dreams Gardens Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post, in case anyone might like to look up what natives bloom in February on the Central Coast of California, via that wonderful posy of bloom posts!
I'm updating this post late in the day - I looked out my window and realized I had forgotten to look UP at the Madrone! So here you go...
|Arbutus menziesii - Madrone - in bloom|