This is Calycanthus occidentalis, California spicebush. I pruned it hard last year and it didn't flower this year. Sadness....
But it has a nice shape now, so I'm not going to prune it this year.
I splurged big-time on a Giant Sea Squill bulb. It was $25. You can read more about it here. I need to find a sunnier spot for it, but for now here's the foliage starting to poke out.
Recent rains set off the poppy seeds...This is the coastal form which means the flowers will have yellowish petals with an orange center, as opposed to the familiar pure orange which is common in the Central Valley. (Yeah, take that Central Valley! You voted for Proposition 8, so I'm not going to grow your poppies!)
I'm not sure if it's a good idea to thin them out, but I'm not going to. Let them compete.
Just as prolific is Cerinthe major. These, I must thin. The plants get huge and will overwhelm their neighbors.
Usually by now I've ripped out the tomatoes, but why? The plants look fine, and the tomatoes are still ripening and taste good.
New tomato plants will be planted here by mid-March. That's just a few months away when you think about it. I'm not going to get anything else to grow here between now and then (well, maybe some radishes), so why not leave the tomatoes.
My job doesn't let me get home before the sun goes down, so the only time I get to see the garden during the week is in the morning before I leave. The grape leaf color is evolving quickly.
The gray is Eriogonum arborescens, native to islands in Southern California. It's one of my abs. favorite plants. There are two plants here, and I grew both of them from seed.
My neighbor, the English woman whose garden I work in sometimes, gave us this Mandevilla as a wedding present. Where it will go has not been determined...
Do you like my new birdhouse? This was a wedding present to ourselves, purchased from an art gallery in Big Sur where we honeymooned. It was made by an artist in Arizona, and I'll go in to more about that later.