I don't have anything new to show you. Doesn't that mean it's time to get new plants?
These winter-blooming flowers opened a couple weeks ago.
Tithonia diversifolia. The flowers are borne on tall stems. I have to reach up to take their pictures, and bend a stem down to smell them.
They smell like chocolate.
Another giant aster blooming in my garden right now: Montanoa grandiflora.
This plant was new to the garden this year. Just one clutch of flowers at the top is all it's got. They smell like vanilla cupcakes.
Behind it, you can see some Ceanothus flowers, a good two months early. That happens with this plant. The standard deviation of bloom time is very large.
More yellow: Asclepias curassavica.
Is the Abutilon yellow? It's in the yellow family (whatever that is), but it's not exactly yellow. Whatever. You must be sick of seeing this plant on my blog.
If I had more room, I'd have more plants. There are limits you know.
Gayle, I know you're sick of this one. Sorry!
I think you said you like this one better. There's some confusion about the naming. Fuchsia arborescens, Fuchsia 'Miep Aalhuizen'. Fuchsia arborescens 'Miep Aalhuizen'? I don't know. Just don't call it "fuschia" and we're good.
Anyone who likes plants in San Francisco is sick of this one. It's everywhere. Although, you know, it seems to me like it's less everywhere now than it used to be.
Here's another one with ambiguous nomenclature. The label said Cuphea pinetorum when I bought it. You can buy it from Annie's Annuals as Cuphea 'Minnie Mouse'.
Cuphea belongs to the loosestrife family, Lythraceae, along with crepe myrtles...and now pomegranate.
Cobaea scandens. Polemoniaceae!
We have 2 Fabaceae in bloom. Snap peas,
And Hardenbergia violacea, juuust getting started.
And that's what I've got. Thank you for coming by, and Happy Bloom Day!
For more Bloom Day fun, be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of every month.