The first daffodil of 2009!
It smells good too.
Do you have daffs yet? I have a few different kinds. I'm not as good as Frances at cataloging the bulb inventory--link, link. All my bulb tags are piled in a garage cabinet. When all the flowers are up, I'll go through the pile o' tags and assign names to everyone.
We also have some crocus.
I remember picking these oddly colored croci out, but cannot recall the name off the top of my head.
Some of the natives are coming in to season too. Ceanothus arboreus 'Ray Hartman'.
A few inflorescences began to bloom a month or two ago.
But now the whole thing is starting to bloom. It's a thrill.
Many plants, like the grape, will remain dormant for several more weeks.
Pruning time approacheth. I want to build some nice structure into this plant while it's still young.
The V in the trunk is a fine start.
But there's a lot of mess on top that needs some careful clipping away.
In this picture I'm trying to show you larkspur roots growing out the bottom of these 2-inch pots, ready to be planted out.
I planted out 14 of these today. 2" pots are the perfect size. Anything larger is hard to find room for right now. I keep bigger plants around in pots in case inspiration strikes and I decide that something needs to go. Senecio cristobalensis is one such standby I have ready in the wings.
Its stems have a purple tomentose.
The manzanita flowers are about half gone. This Vanessa came for the sunny perch and lingered all day.
The sun was very nice in the garden today.
I feel like this year will be the best year yet in the garden.
The Hardenbergia was buzzing with bees up on the deck.