4/8/09

April showers garden

It rained yesterday and last night--not much, as you can see, from the not-full bird bath.

April showers garden

April showers garden

April showers garden

April showers garden

April showers garden

This is probably the best light for taking pictures of Cerinthe major 'purpurascens'.

April showers garden

Last year I had one plant here, and this year I have five or six.

April showers garden

Phacelia tanacetifolia.

April showers garden

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.

April showers garden

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.

April showers garden

I grow it under this guy, Bartlettina sordida

April showers garden

A tall, big-leafed aster from the cloud forest.

April showers garden

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.

April showers garden

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.

April showers garden

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.

April showers garden

When the time comes, I'll pinch the vine to keep it from overwhelming the fern fronds.

All the roses have buds

April showers garden

And California-native bush anenome (Carpenteria californica) is about to pop.

Carpinteria californica

Carpinteria californica

Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' has barely popped; only one small flower bunch is open.

April showers garden

Tibouchina, too. More flowers for Bloom Day, I hope.

April showers garden

Many freesia have lost petals. They're strewn everywhere on the garden floor now.

April showers garden

April showers garden

April showers garden

11 comments:

flowrgirl1 said...
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flowrgirl1 said...

A tropical paradise it looks like! Wonderful gardin and photos. what is that shrub to the right of the bird bath?

chuck b. said...

That's a California currant named Ribes malvaceum. It looks nice during the rainy months when the leaves are green, but most of the uear it's a bit ugly. Also, it smells like cat pee. I grow it for the winter flowers, which it did not make this year.

Phillip said...

Great photos, your garden is so lush. I grow an annual called plectranthrus but this isn't it. I suppose there are different types. I like the way it fills in underneath your steps.

Laurene said...

What type of Plectranthus was that, please? I love the scent of incense & would like to plant some here in Zone 5.

chuck b. said...

It's Plectranthus forsteri. I'm not sure that it would live from year to year in Zone 5, but I don't know much about that.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lushness. It's like all that rain, longer days and warm air makes for an actual real spring in California. Now imagine several more degrees of subtlety for a Hawaiian spring.

The Bartlettina sordida has leaves very reminiscent of one of the Clerodendron shrubs.

Layanee said...

That Plectranthus can be kept as a houseplant in Zone 5 but it is frost tender.

It may not have rained too much but is sure looks lush! Love that big leaved aster!

martha said...

Your photos are lovely and your garden is gorgeous! Just a small comment on your Cerinthe. You said "Last year I had one plant here, and this year I have five or six." I'm here to tell you that next year you will have 60, and your neighbor will too! I bought one 4 inch pot of that little beauty from Annie's Annuals about 5 years ago, and now have hundreds. It has spread like wildfire throughout my front yard and into 2 or 3 of my neighbor's as well! Luckily it's easy to pull out when it's in a less desireable spot.

EAL said...

I actually have a plectranthus. It's growing very nicely. Our botanical gardens has a lot of it and I bought one of their leftovers. I like the scent. Like Layanee says, it has to be kept inside before and after the last and first frosts in zone 5. Easy enough to do.

All This Trouble... said...

Your garden literally makes me salivate!

But...I did NOT eat your lettuces...