|Clarkia in April|
|Clarkia, one-leaf onion, and Ceanothus 'Tuxedo'|
The second annual that's still going strong is Chinese houses. Beloved by all during the garden tour (kids loved the little pagodas), that display has gotten much better now. Below, we see it three weeks ago.
|Chinese houses and iris|
And now, it's peaking. Notice the red monkey flower in the background (and the new trellis, which probably deserves a separate post).
Several of the perennials are also going strong in April. Here are more monkey flowers, and some stream orchid in the foreground. This native orchid is ridiculously easy to transplant. I started with two small orchids, gifted by a gardener friend. Now I have them in several places in the garden. They go completely dormant in late summer and appear again in early spring. Prefer part shade, as do the ferns and monkey flower that I'm growing with them.
|Stream orchid and monkey flower|
Here another view of the monkey flower, a purchase from Gold Rush Nursery a few years ago.
I'm also very happy about the show of penstemons in the garden this year - below the blue foothill penstemon together with the checkerbloom mallow and one-leaf onion.
|Foothill penstemon and mallow|
But I'm leaving the best for last: This year, finally, after I'd almost given up hope, my beautiful, fragrant Western azelea is blooming in earnest. Yes, this plant takes a while, but it's so worth it. Nothing like enjoying the white blossoms in the evening with a cup of tea.
|Western azalea with canyon sunflower in the background|