ElDub stayed the night at our place after The Harmonistas played an assisted living home in Apple Valley. It broke up her looooong drive from Camarillo, and gave me an excuse to bring some of the flowers in from the yard.
The roses mostly came from our miniature pink rose in the front. There are also sprigs of rosemary, lavender flowers, sage flowers, and privet blooms. Fun going around the yard snipping!
I may have gotten a little excited about the spring weather. Some years we go almost directly from winter to summer. This year has been lovely.
We made a special trip to Sego Nursery in North Hollywood yesterday for 5 tomato plants (3 Juliet grape, 1 Cherokee Purple, 1 yellow Kellogg’s Breakfast), a Gypsy pepper, 2 Thai basil, Italian oregano, English thyme, a succulent, and the pink geraniums. Picked up 3 purple potato vines, star jasmine, and another odd little succulent on our way home from music this afternoon.
With all the light in the evenings I should be able to plant after work this week.
Shamrocks also bloom! Brought these home from Trader Joe’s.
I’ll try to find a shady place to plant them. Our California cousins, Pat & Mike, grow them in their yard in Orange County, but the ones they gave us years ago sadly died out. Not sure how happy they’ll be about this drought. We’re only allowed to water twice a week.
To our place! When we arrived here, there were so many weeds on the slope and so many of them were prickery, that I thought of it as Thistlehaven Gardens. That has slowly changed over the 13 1/2 years we’ve been here.
There is so much going on in our yard right now, I thought I’d take pictures of everything that’s blooming right now. As I type this up, I realize that I am missing photos of the thyme, which has tiny white blossoms, and our big euonymus shrub, which has wonderful smelling flowers that you don’t really notice because they’re the same color as the variegated leaves. We’ll see if I’m enough of a completionist to go take the photos and update this later.
If you know the names of any of the plants I haven’t named or if you see anything labeled wrong, I’d love to hear it!
If you click on the first photo in the gallery below, you’ll see a bigger image and hopefully be able to use the arrow to move through the gallery.
This desert native was a gift from Diane & Roberto when we moved here. It’s one of my favorites and I want more! It’s huge now, and blooms over and over without needing deadheading.
This miniature rose is truly spectacular. It was a little neglected when we arrived, but if I deadhead it regularly I can get 5 or 6 rounds of blooms in a season.
Chives in bloom. Growing herbs and having them to use when I want is one of the best things about having a yard.
I know I planted these, but I’m not sure what they are called. Iberius, maybe?
The rosemary blossoms are a little long in the tooth. We have about 4 varieties blooming, ranging from this dark to white.
It’s apple blossom time! Granny Smiths in their youth.
Planted this. Not sure what it is!
Verbena! I am pretty sure this is verbena.
Another of the first things I planted here. This is the only one of three English lavendars that survived a very cold winter a few years back.
Don’t know the name of these. All I know is they are doing better in Janice & Andy’s yard than in mine!
African daisies. These love it here, but they require some deadheading to keep blooming.
The sage is about to bloom. I’ve never had flowering sage before, but I love it.
This was also here when we bought the house. It gets dark blue/black berries on it later.
Taken fairly early in the morning, the brilliant ice plant flowers aren’t quite open yet.
Gazania! These were more plentiful when we arrived. Love these blooms, but the plants are kind of scraggly the rest of the year.
I wonder if anyone is keeping track of these amazing terrazzo inlays in downtown L.A. This is outside the Starbucks on 6th & Spring. There are a number of these that seem to sprout from abused doorways. They always make me wonder what the shops behind them were like when they were installed. It would be great if L.A. cleaned its sidewalks like Paris does.
OneL and I visited Clifton’s Cafeteria in 2009 and I took some shots of the detailed terrazzo images in front of it, that you can see here if you want. I hope they reopen soon and haven’t changed it too much.
Some more street art from last week’s trip to downtown Los Angeles. Red banana-suit person. I think this was on Broadway.
Also on Broadway…or Spring? The paint is starting to shred and peel, which gives this a 3-dimensional quality when seen from up close.
This woman is looking back at the man in the previous photo. At first I thought the sunlight would ruin the shot, but now I kind of like the effect.
Some one made this little arrangement of fallen camillia blossoms in the verge between the sidewalk and the road. This is in Toluca Lake, not downtown L.A., but I thought it was very friendly.
And this one. There was also just one blossom against the base of the next tree.