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!