Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bloom Day: May 2016

Every month, Carol at May Dreams Garden hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. She has quite a few beautiful blooms, and links to gardens from around the world. I gave myself an assignment to go out this morning and find all the flowers in my garden. Here is a look at some of what is blooming in my garden this May:
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' with almost all white flowers
Clematis Jackmanii with mostly 4 petals this year
Rosa 'Blaze' is still blooming
Oenothera speciosa out in mass
Lantana camara Miss Huff, the only one that comes back every year
the yellow form of Hesperaloe parviflora
Parkinsonia x 'Desert Museum'  in the front garden
the blooms on Senna phyllodinea seem to never stop
a tiny Eremophila is pushing out flowers (hopefully it lives!) 
Centaurea gymnocarpa flowers match the opuntia next to it
Orange poppies!
Manfreda undulata Chocolate Chips is sending out alien flowers again
Poppies with yellow
Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight' smells amazing
Callistemon citrinus 'Little John' showing off
There is more, because it's spring and, as Carol says, May is when dreams come true. But i'm going to go explore other people's blooms at May Dream Gardens! Happy GBBD!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weekend Gardening

For some reason, the garden is making me really happy this Spring. This weekend it was overcast, and even a little bit of rain, and I did a lot of weeding, and still found some snap shots, most of these from the front garden. 
Cherries! Don't tell the birds...

some of these were sweet enough to eat... i tasted!
still haven't figured out what to put in the planter...
this yucca has finally stopped resembling a pineapple
 It got pruned last year during the front garden re-do, without my asking! I'm glad it's back to actually being a focal point in the garden. 

The first of the 'Black Knight' flowers is opening!
All the bloom spikes going up!
 This is my one snap shot of the back garden this weekend... trying to figure out what to do with this area. It needs mulch? more plants? something else? I have been digging holes to catch gophers, but now i'm trying to think of what to do with it...
any ideas?
I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Monthly Favorites / April

For fun, I'm joining Loree at Danger Garden in looking at some of my favorites for  April. The garden is making me so happy right now!

(Almost) all the opuntias are blooming. As a whole, they get voted this month's favorite!

O. macrocentra always has a million flowers
This one i got from Loree in a plant swap a long time ago! It has the hugest yellow flowers
The prettiest pale pink. I think this is o. basilaris hyb. 'Baby Rita'
this one (o. ficus indica) makes little yellow flowers 
o. basilaris continues to pump out hot pink blooms
While the optunias are this month's favorites, this is currently my favorite view of the garden:
I'm very excited about the Aloe bloom, and all the colors!
 Pulling back to see a bit more:
I'm pretty sure no garden design book would put all those colors together, but to me they look like joy.
Visit Loree's blog post for her, and others, favorites for April, and enjoy the start of May!