Blooms on the Ridge - Country Mouse

Town Mouse has a lovely set of blossoms this month, so be sure to check out her blooms, too.

A whole set I took yesterday were a bust because I forgot to check my camera settings! So I took a few more this morning - Everything that was blooming last month is pretty much still showing at least a blossom or two. The lovely white blossoms of Ribes indecorum have faded and the Ribes sanguineum is looking a bit depressed, but lots of other stuff is starting to spring forth... And the manzanita - has to be seen to be believed, Or heard. The beez are abuzz all over the chaparral. Also the rosemary - really lovely right now. I am posting so I can get out for a hike! Happy President's Day Monday!

(above) Rosemary, all around my dad's cottage.

(above) Salvia Spathacea, hummingbird sage (colonizing nicely)

(above) Ribes speciosum, fuschia flowered gooseberry

(above) Ribes aureum, golden currant

(above) Not the best pic, but I liked the idea. Ceanothus "Dark Star" behind a manzanita.

(above) Arctostaphylos tomentota crustacea (our local Manzanita) blossoms

(Above) Claytonia parviflora, Miner's lettuce - less mature than next photo.

(above) Claytonia parviflora again, but mature now. Note reddness from exposed location, and the flower stalks shooting up about 3 -5 inches, with two inflorescences per stalk (hard to see).

A lovely backlit ceanothus blossom to end the show.

Now over to May Dreams Gardens to register myself and have a peek at others' bloom days! Thanks, Carol!


Glad you made it back out into the garden after your bout with the earlier photonasty... Nice to see the hummingbird sage colonizing. I have some in the ground but it seems to be governed by an anti-colonial mentality. Did yours take a while to get the roots established before the tops took off?
Gail said…
We have a claytonia here tht hasn't the sweetest little pinkish flower~ One of our spring ephemerals. The sage is wonderful~You can't beat those mint family members! I am hoping to get ribes odoratum establishes~the smell is heavenly. gail
Nell Jean said…
I've gone out before lacking the little disc that fits into the camera. Do-overs are such a pain.

You did well on the second round. I wish ceoanthus thrived here. I think I need a currant bush. Rosemary is a shy bloomer here, but grows lushly. All in all, you have a good Bloom Day report. I already visited with TM.

Happy Bloom Day.
patientgardener said…
The rosemary is amazing
Brad said…
Wow great photos. I really like those two ribes. I haven't seen R. aureum yet in the flesh. Beautiful flowers. I snacked on some miner's lettuce the other day on a walk. Some of it was just starting to flower. Enjoy your hike.
AnneTanne said…
I'm (almost) jealous...
Snow has covered the garden here again, so here are only a few species blooming...
Anonymous said…
Great shots. I love that hummingbird sage & so want to try some. I've been watching for the ceanothus to pop out, I'll have to take a canyon drive & report back. 85 down here today that should inspire some canyon bloomers.
ryan said…
I know what you mean about the camera. I hate when it happens far from the house. Not quite as bad when it's for photos in my own garden. Nice recovery though. The garden looks really healthy. I like that Ribes aureum. I don't see them blooming so often.
rebecca Sweet said…
I lOVE that Miner's lettuce! I used to eat that on our 'nature walks' as kids...

And beautiful hummingbird salvia - I'm just now beginning to plant that one more and more, and your gorgeous picture makes me glad I am!!
You've got lots of pretty blooms there today. I love both of the ribes and the Hummimgbird sage is really pretty too.
Now I'm off to see Town Mouse's blooms.
Tufa Girl said…
I am in love with your Salvia! I have not seen that variety. Lovely. I am so jealous of you and your garden. All of my favorites. Alas, most will not grow here in Texas.
Country Mouse said…
Thanks y'all for stopping in on your tour of bloomday posts!

James, Rebecca - the hummingbird sage is colonizing where the soil is a bit richer, looser, and damper, and they are in shade for much of the day. Morning sun.
Gail - I love the smell of sages and am curious about ribes odoratum!

Yes, yesterday I had an attack of the photnasties alright! ;-] Seems I'm not alone!

Nell Jean, PatientGardener - rosemary grows gangbusters here, but currants, varying success.

Brad, Ryan, that ribes aureum I gave up on as the deer were munching it to death, then they suddenly all got bored or Duncan has been too obnoxious I don't know - but they are starting to leave it alone. I may prune it this year even... It is lovely that yellow, so different.

AnneTanne - I remember winter! I like it better here. On the other hand, our summer is our "plant winter" - but then, there's always the beach to go to and hiking etc, with less garden chores.

Susie - 85!!! That's amazing.

Catherine - I wonder if you can grow hummingbird sage in Washington state?
Caroline said…
That rosemary is astonishing. My upright rosemary usually blooms in the spring, but never like THAT! Happy GBBD!
Garden Junkie said…
It's always such a treat to see what's growing in warmer areas - sort of a promise of things to come (or not - many of your beautiful plants won't grow here in CT). The flowering rosemary is beautiful - I had no idea it flowered.
Christine said…
The Ribes aureum blooms have such sweet, innocent faces! So glad the deer decided to leave that one alone.
Wow! It must be California! All I have around here is an ice-encased hellebore and a bunch of frozen mud. I can almost smell your rosemary, and hear the bees. What a lovely bunch of posies!