It was a fun Easter weekend with the kids, a happy dog, horses, calves & cows, chickens, Easter bunny, eggs and lots of flowers & veggies in the garden. Enjoy!
Finally, one of my Carpenteria has bloomed. I planted these plants up on my back hill almost two years ago–here’s a picture of it when I first planted. I don’t know if the warm, dry winter encouraged it or not, but I’m glad it finally bloomed. I noticed little pods forming all over the bush a few weeks ago and finally they opened to reveal a white flower with a bright yellow center. I see one of my other Carpenterias now has pods too so another one will bloom any day.
This California native has dark green leaves. They are shiny and waxy looking. The plants are shrub like but mine grow taller than wider. You might say they are a little spindly, but they are a nice bright spot of green in the landscape. They are supposed to grow 4 to 8 feet high and five feet wide. (Mine are maybe two feet wide.)
The blooms are pretty and almost look like roses. I think in a few days, the shrub will be covered with blossoms.
I don’t even water it! Very drought tolerant! Keep that in mind! (They were very hard to find at a nursery. I think I had to order them and no one even knew what they looked like.)
The soil up on the top of the hill is not too bad, but not too good either –patches of clay everywhere. The description of this plant says it lives in clay or loam soil, tolerant of sun or shade. Flowers May through August–yipee! And they are supposed to be fragrant.
I guess I better go smell the Carpenteria Californica!
People are asking me, “What are all those yellow flowers?” They are daffodils (officially Latin name Narcissus). I planted about three dozen of them last fall. My goal was to have a sea of daffodils in the empty dirt near my light post. Well, I do. I have some fancy white daffodils too. I’m not sure how, but I am growing them around the yard. They are quite striking.
“I wandered lonely as a cloud…”
Daffodils remind me of Wordsworth and his sister and I could look up the poem or you could: http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Poetry/WordsworthDaffodils.htm. I forgot how much I liked that poem. I went to the Lake District in England to see Wordsworth’s flowers, but it was November. The daffodils were buried under the ground waiting for spring, cold beneath the empty trees.
But if you want scientific details on daffodils, go here: http://www.daffodilusa.org/index.html.
Or look at my pictures and make things up. I added a fun one of my fairy house and my stuffed animal tree. Reminds me of the bottle trees I saw when I lived in Alabama, but since we are in Southern California, my bottle tree is made from expensive Build A Bear animals that my dog likes to chew. For some reason, he only chews up the Build A Bears, and since they are too expensive to throw out, I started hanging them in my tree. You might say I should wash them, but he always finds them, slobbers them up and kills plants while trying to bury them, and no one but me is allowed to kill plants in my yard!
It is March. Alleluia. I hate January and February. Thank goodness they are over and spring is almost here.
“And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
It has been hot here and the garden is already blooming. In the slideshow are some of the first flowers of 2012.
We went to this incredible garden at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. I loved how lush it was. Very different from my garden but lots of good ideas to take home.