It rained yesterday and last night--not much, as you can see, from the not-full bird bath.
This is probably the best light for taking pictures of Cerinthe major 'purpurascens'.
Last year I had one plant here, and this year I have five or six.
I'm a little surprised how far along the lilies are, but maybe I shouldn't be. I don't remember what they did last year, but also, I planted them last year so whatever they did last year wasn't a reliable indicator of what they'll do from year to year.
This Plectranthus is one of my favorite plants. Do you know it? Rub the foliage, and it smells remarkably like incense, but without the smoke.
I grow it under this guy, Bartlettina sordida
A tall, big-leafed aster from the cloud forest.
The plectranthus spreads by layering to form mounds that fill in around everything. You can grow a big bush of it from a tiny bit of cutting.
I bought this species Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) a year or two ago when it was just a single dormant stick growing very horizontally out of a 1-g nursery pot. It seems to be going with the horizontal aspect, and now spreading downward to my delight and amusement.
In another corner, a nasturtium (Trapaeolum majus) is climbing the tree fern. The nasturtium either has cherry red or mahogany flowers, I don't remember which.
When the time comes, I'll pinch the vine to keep it from overwhelming the fern fronds.
All the roses have buds
And California-native bush anenome (Carpenteria californica) is about to pop.
Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' has barely popped; only one small flower bunch is open.
Tibouchina, too. More flowers for Bloom Day, I hope.
Many freesia have lost petals. They're strewn everywhere on the garden floor now.