The garden of broken dormancy

Things are, shall we say, moving along.


The cherries are at least a month earlier than I expected. Are blossoms imminent?

The cherries have broken dormancy. I suppose blossoms are imminent..?

Fortunately, we have no frost in San Francisco. It must feel like March or April to the cherries. I plan to cover them with bird netting to keep birds from eating all the blossoms. Maybe I'll even get fruit. (For whatever reason, I feel like some strategery is called for with the cherries.)

It's a race between the cherries and the freesia.

Freesia, Monardella villosa

Rosa 'Moonlight' is fully awake and climbing Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' to find for more sunlight.

Rosa 'Moonlight' climbing Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'

It's hard to say how Ray feels about winter rain.


I haven't seen many bees buzzing him lately.

Manzanita is not bothered, for sure.

Louis Edmunds manzanita

(That little red bit you see near the bottom is Delphinium cardinale which has bloomed mysteriously for a few weeks. Alas, I don't find it very photogenic.)

Louis Edmunds manzanita

Other white flowers of winter: the Galanthus or whatever these are have been going for week or two.


Last year, they didn't bother to show up at all.

Galanthus or whatever.

Cerinthe major self sows freely. Here it is coming up inside Lupinus albifrons. That could be interesting. Or a disaster.

Lupinus albifrons, Cerinthe major

I'll have some foliage drama this summer despite my oft-stated indifference to foliage gardening. (You must be tired of hearing it.)

Phormium 'Black Adder' and Cedronella canariensis

Back to flowers. I've hardly shoved Hardenbergia in your face at all this year.


I think soon I'll be shoving Senecio cristobalensis in your face.

Senecio cristobalensis, loaded with panicles.

Actually I think the flowers are mostly unremarkable. But I will still be eager to see them.

Senecio cristobalensis

Tiny Hamamelis 'Primavera' has a few flowers. I'm going to try watering this plant to see if it will grow more.

Hamamelis 'Primavera'

I'll have to look through my seed collection to see if I can determine what vegetable this is up on the deck. I have no memory of it whatsoever, but it's grown beautifully on rainwater alone.


The former fire pan now home to species tulips and some crocus is doing well. The bulbs baked over the summer with no attention from me whatsoever right here in this spot. I resurfaced the top layer of soil with fresh compost in October before our first fall rain. The rest is just nature taking its course. (Of course I had to put a patch of dead Armeria front and center.)


Eventually I'll move it to a more visible spot, but for now it stays off to the side while we enjoy other views.





Unknown said...

I love your succulents... but the mossy green on that fence is what's really killing me right now. LOVE that. Is it always like that, or just right now, because of all of the rain?

By the way, my other favorite thing is the ocntrast between the delicate daffs and the spiny, clasping agave in the lower left corner of the last picture. Nice. :)

Anonymous said...

You're so lucky to be able to grow Lupinus albifrons. I've just about given up on it, because I keep losing them to both dry summers AND wet winters.

I hope you have more luck photographing Delphinium cardinale, because I'd like to see it. I have one, grown from seed and recently transplanted into the ground, but mine's not in bloom.

Julie said...

What a background for your succulents!!! WOWZERS!!!!!

Tira said...

The vegetable looks like some kind of mini bok choi/pak choi.
Love your succulents and the way they look in their pots on the wooden deck.

lisa said...

BEAUTIFUL spring underway at your place! Your witch hazel is sooo cute, don't you just love how nicely they bloom even as small specimens? The daffs are just adorable...makes my snow melt just looking at them.

Christopher C. NC said...

No you have not shoved the Hardenbergia in our faces nearly enough. Is there a swelling of spring blogging I detect as well?

Ann Atkinson said...

I agree with Julie (awesome view) and Christopher (more hardenbergia, please)! And more proof things must be a little early: Today I saw our Great Blue Heron heading to the nesting tree behind our house. They are usually seen in early March; sometimes late February. I haven't seen them this early in our 20 years here.