At the front door we are welcomed by the perfume of jasmine from a clipping I started just last summer.
I mourned the passing of the California sword fern (Polystichum munitum) until I discovered what may be a prothallus -a lifecycle stage, from which it may regenerate… or that may just be a weed! We’ll see…
One or two have blossomed – if these are anything to go by it should be quite the show!
And here is the blue-eye grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) which is not a grass, but an iris, and if you look closely you’ll see it does not have blue eyes, rather it has yellow ones.
The following plants are making promising progress and I hope to see them bloom this year too. I feel like I have the canvas, the paint and the outline drawn – now all I have to do it let it all grow up and fill in.
|Chapparal Clematis (Clematis lasiantha)|
|A tiny but healthy Redbud Cercis occidentalis|
|California evening primrose (Oenthra Californica)|
|Scarlet Penstemon (Penstemon centranthifolia)|
And even if these never blossom their foliage smells great. I have them near the path so you can smell them as you walk by. This one is known as “Cowboy cologne.”
|California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica)|
|Coyote Mint (Monardela villosa)|
I have a ton more photos but I decided to post them when they are in bloom. Hopefully, I’ll be posting year round!
And if you are wondering why I’m posting this so late this week – blame Master Gardeners! Tomorrow is the highly anticipated Spring Garden Market. I’m on the welcome table at the south gate – if you are in the neighborhood drop by and say hi!
8 replies to Going nuts in the garden
Ooo squirrels, I love a cute little squirrel… and I don't love almonds, so squirrels could still be my friend after they'd trashed my harvest.
Good luck fighting them off 🙂
An almond tree! Oh wow, am I jealous. THAT is totally amazing! I wish the internet had a scratch and sniff. I bet those orange blossoms smell amazing as well as the jasmine. I love love the fragrance of citrus blossoms!
I would love to smell the heady perfume of that jasmine right now. So many interesting plants here that I have never heard of.
Your possible prothalis of California sword fern looks a whole lot like miner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) to me. It's also a California native and has the distinct advantage of being edible.
hbierlich that would be great! I'm not sure if that area would be damp enough for miners lettuce but we'll see. Thanks for identifying it for me.
I'm sorry about your Milkweed, I keep wanting to try Asclepias tuberosa, but as yet haven't been able to pick up a plant. I have the narrow leaf milkweed here (Asclepias fascicularis), and it seems to be doing well so far. Perhaps an alternative to try. I agree, it's Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata). We have an entire field of it here! The leaf shape changes a lot throughout its development. It's native so I tend not to consider it a weed but some do. I have a few photos at various stages here: curbstonevalley.com/blog/?p=1216
Your Cercis looks about where ours is right now, but I'm jealous your poppies are blooming, ours seem a little slow after that last deluge of rain. Have fun at the Garden Market!
I am stoked that I may have miners lettuce growing. I haven't seen too much of it down here – it is usually too dry. The seeds may have hitched a ride in the same put the sword fern came in – I got it at a closing down sale and nothing was labeled or organized at all. So here's hoping!
Wow, quite a collection! I think you're doing very well in the survival department (and my A. speciosa is only just coming back out, so who knows). Looking forward to those blooms – the clarkia will be spectacular!
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