Lots of new flowers this morning...
The first Echium wildpretii flowers opened this morning. Of course they opened on the "back" of the plant, making it necessary for me to reach around the spike to take this picture...which unfortunately includes a view of the gardener's face.
Since Pam is delightfully blowing everyone's facial anonymity with her Spring Fling pictures, I might as well join in. After all, I like to think I was present in spirit if not body. This isn't the first time I've posted a picture of myself, but it's been awhile.
The garden blogger in the cold light of day:
Back to Echium wildpretii (my constant blogging of which must cause mediterranean climate-type gardeners to laugh or shake their collective heads and sigh every time I post)...
Let's see: the inflorescence is a single 5' tall, scorpoid spike with clusters of 4-14 bisexual flowers found in the leaf axils along the terminal spike. Petals are red and the anthers are dusted with blue pollen. I believe the technical word for it is, fabulous.
Also opening today, or beginning to; it's only half-open, my one Clematis, the name of which I have completely forgotten. Do any of you gardening brainiacs by chance know the name?
Another native wildflower, Gilia tricolor, commonly called Bird's Eye. There will be tons of this in the next few months. I think it's my favorite of the common California wildflowers, after poppy. And it's fragrant.
And, the Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' which I never tire of pointing out that I grew from seed. Sorry this picture's not so good. It is very sunny today.
Also from seed, but less remarkable, the foxglove inflorescences are forming.
This one is forming five inflorescences. I don't get it...I'm fairly certain I did not plant five foxgloves right next to each other. Interesting...
Note to Emma: the iris divisions from your garden which you gave me last year are making flowers--all of them. (This is one I already had.)
Regular root onions tend to bolt in San Francisco. Some people grow top-setting varieties instead. This is what they look like when they start to top set.
The longer they go on, the more picturesque they become.
I slapped this tomato cage together the day before yesterday, made out of spare bits of old trellises that I sawed apart and put back together with nails and wood glue. I'm going to paint it green or orange, I haven't decided.
It's no offspring of Faire Garden construction, but it will do. I underestimate how tall the indeterminate tomato vines grow every year and they fall over and bend and break and generally make it look like no one knows how to garden around here.
But are they going to get seven feet tall?
I dare 'em to try.