Saturday, February 13, 2016

More Garden Pictures!

As promised, here are more pictures of the garden!  Warning - lots of pictures!

The peach tree as of this morning:

Peach Tree with more Flowers in Bloom

Just two days of temperatures in the upper 80s and almost all the buds on the peach tree have bloomed!

Peach Flowers: Close Up

At the very back of the garden, in the corner, this yucca plant and schefflera have established their dominance!

Schefflera and Yucca

 The calamondin tree, whose flowers are perfuming the whole back garden:

Calamondin Tree (and variegated Schefflera)

There's a variegated Schefflera plant growing under the tree - it is in a pot, but has managed to break through the pot to root itself in the ground!

Close up of Calamondin

The fruit is edible, but very sour.

The Aeonium arboreum "Zwartkop" that I mentioned was growing in a neglected corner at the very back:


Aeonium arboreum "Zwartkop"

It is also called Black Rose, I've read.  I plan to take cuttings to root and then, plant them in the front garden, or, at least, another spot in the back garden where they will be more featured and noticed. 

I currently have another one of these plants in my back garden that is ready to flower: 

Aeonium Inflorescence

I am 5 ft. tall and the top of this flower is a few inches above my head! The buds will open up to reveal bright yellow flowers.

Close Up

Meanwhile, in the front garden, the gazania plants that were transplanted, yesterday:


Newly Transplanted Gazania Plants

More newly transplanted Gazanias, between the two purple flowering African daisies, in the same planting bed (the silvery white plants are "Dusty Miller":

More Newly Transplanted Gazania

And the newly planted aloe plants, with the other plant gardener M gave me (I forget the name of it, but he said it was a type of variegated iris):

A Circle of Aloe

I think I will ask him to make a planting bed and put a larger circle of border stones around the outside edge of the aloe plants.

And finally, 3 photos of the front planting bed, going from right to left (when facing the planting bed):

Right End

The Middle Area

The Left End

This planting bed is 20-feet long, and leads from the front driveway to my front door.  There's another, shorter planting bed to the right of this planting bed, that is centered under the living room window, which is planted mostly with the white African daisies (and one or two other plants).

I made waffles for brunch, today, washed dishes, and put away a load of laundry.  I pottered about the garden a bit and planted one Aeonium I had already rooted (tucked it into a corner of the front planting bed, after I took the above pictures) and spoke with my nextdoor neighbor while I was out in the garden.  I plan to do a little sewing in the afternoon and maybe decorate for St. Valentine's Day, tomorrow, if I feel like it.

Today, I am grateful for:

- The garden coming together, little by little
- The warm, sunny day
- Yummy waffles!
- A relaxed day
- My daughter's company

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.  What are you up to, today?


  1. You have the most beautiful plants, you must have worked very hard to get such lovely growing things. x

    1. Thank you. I wish you'd have seen it when I had nearly 100 rose bushes (before nearly 4 years of drought killed off most of them). What you see now are the "survivors". But then, a garden is an evolving thing, isn't it? That's the beauty of a garden. Old plants die, new plants take their place, things get pruned back, others get transplanted, etc. But thank you for your kind words. I will share them with my gardener who has been working my garden for the past 22 years, along with me. :)

  2. Your garden is beautiful. Proud your having a good day. Happy Valentines day.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Happy St. Valentine's Day to you, too.

  3. Your gardens are lovely! For the first time I planted yellow African Daisies and they've thrived and bloomed all winter. My Spring/Summer "go to" flowers are vincas/periwinkles. They are very drought resistant and are consistent bloomers. Would probably do well in your climate as I believe our Summer temps here in Texas are a bit warmer than yours. Gardening is such fun!

    1. Thank you, Carolyn. I don't think I've tried growing vincas/periwinkles. I shall look into them and consider them as a possible garden plant. Thank you for mentioning them.

  4. Thank you for the lovely photos of flowers, and trees that aren't sprinkled with snow! I never tire of looking at plant photos and I have several books on plants, both wild and cultivated. I've loved flowers ever since I was a little girl, travelling from an English coal-mining town where we had a tiny, mostly concrete yard, to my grandmother's in the south, where there was a lawn with tiny red and blue flowers, and the small daisies that make good daisy chains. She had wonderful bearded irises, and flowers called "London Pride" either side of the front path!

    1. Your grandmother's garden sounds lovely. I have not heard of "London Pride", so had to look it up! It is a very pretty flower, indeed.

  5. Bless, your garden pictures are beautiful. I enjoyed looking at these pictures when you first posted them and I am revisiting them today (looking around my own yard all I can see is snow, so this truly is a breath of spring for me to be able to view your lovely garden.) I love the picture of the Gazania. :)

    1. Dawn, thank you. Hope spring comes soon for you. In the meantime, enjoy planning your garden.


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