|50% Native Trout Lily & Friends|
This year, I'm very happy to be part of the Going Native Garden Tour again! Both Ms. Country Mouse and I are planning a talk, and it's promising to be a very interesting year. Here's why:
1. Everything is blooming late.
|Ceanothus Tilden Park, Monkey Flower, and Bladderpod in Foreground|
Nobody knows why - it hasn't really been such a cold year (or has it?). Maybe it's the lack of moisture - we've barely had 50% of normal so far. Or maybe no rain early in the season and clouds and cool weather late in the season are the cause.
The fun part is that garden visitors who come here often will see things bloom that are usually spent. Ribes, ceanothus - and the iris have barely started. On the other hand, some plants that are usually in full bloom, such as foothill penstemon, aren't as impressive as they are in other years.
|Pitcher Sage with Deer Grass in Background|
It's always difficult for the organizers to find the right date: There's Easter, the Master Gardener garden market, and the wildflower show. This year they picked an early tour date, which will mean sunny gardens in San Jose or Hollister will be at their peak. My fairly shady garden will most likely peak in several weeks, when the Chinese houses and Clarkia are in bloom.
And yet - isn't it wonderful to enjoy the yellow iris and Heuchera "Limelight" at their bright green best?
|Yellow Iris and Heurera "Limelight"|
3. A Rainstorm is Forecast for Friday
I'm usually a bit of a weather nerd and enjoy reading the text discussion from the National Weather Service. The enjoyment hasn't been quite as great in the last few days, as the weather guys have told me that the models agree there will be an atmospheric river bringing much needed rain to the area.
|Non-native Maple, Heuchera maxima, and a Canyon Sunflower blossom|
|Checkerbloom, with Jones' mallow (gray leaves) in background|