March Bloom Day!

Things are either going strong, or gearing up.

Going strong:

Ceanothus arboreus 'Ray Hartman'

Calif. native Ceanothus arboreus 'Ray Hartman'.


Ceanothus arboreus  'Ray Hartman'

Omphalodes. Both little patches are doing well and appear to be spreading. See the bright new green leaves? Yay!


Box of daffodils in the corner.




Vicia faba.

Vicia faba

And now for the gearing up set:

Triteleia laxa.




Bee butt!


Ipheion uniflorum

Ipheion uniflorum

Freesias, here and there.


This plummy-wine color looks promising.

wine freesia

Next to it a yellow Abutilon I planted last summer. I hope it gets big this year.


Cerinthe major. The bees love this plant. As soon as the Ceanothus flowers die down, all the bees come here. By then, the Cerinthe will be 10x more florific.




Anisodontea capensis.



Cuphea pinetorum.

Cuphea pinetorum

Also blooming: blueberries, Hardenbergia violacea (still but less so than in recent weeks), Cobaea scandens (per usual).

I have a borrowed view of a neglected camellia over the back fence.

borrowed camelia

(Link to the Bloom Day Boss Lady.)


Carol Michel said...

'Bloom Day Boss Lady'? I guess... My post will be up just after midnight, EST. I swear you make up some of these plant names, I've never heard of them! But I do love the flowers, especially that first one, it's gorgeous!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous! I must have at least 30 or 40 Triteleia laxas in my yard, but not one of them has produced a bud yet. Also, I just made my first Bloom Day post ever, and I only have four blooming plants in it. And two of them are weeds.

joco said...

Hiya Chuck,
your Mr.Linky link on Carol's page goes to.....Carol's page.
Unless you are her alter ego, you may want to alter that :-)

joco said...

Right, now for the proper comment on your post: Flickr pics take ten minutes to come through on dial-up. They're all there now, and very lovely they are too!Worth waiting for.

What a treat to walk through your garden with so many (to me) exotic plants.
And all of them unscathed: very refreshing to see leaves without holes and flowers the blackbirds haven't strewn along the paths.

I have to confess to being just a tad ( well, very) envious.
The blue 'herbaceous' jugs are a nice touch.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chuck, you are a taxonomist? I didn't know! Such a feast for the eyes, and including the botanical garden, this is a banquet. I am looking at seriously trying the echiums. Don't know if they could get enough growth in one season to bloom, maybe some greenhouse time to start in the fall might do the trick. I have Cuphea miniata seedlings that are so large they are falling over. Do you know that plant?

Les said...

Your garden looks particularly lush right now. It took me many failures before I gave up on Ceanothus. The winter was no problem, but they hated our summers. I guess we will have to get our blue from Vitex.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Ceanothus is such a beautiful plant, and so not a Midwestern one! Omphalodes can grow here, but I don't have it. I've got to wonder why, looking at those lovely, sky blue flowers.

Christopher C. NC said...


sweetbay said...

You have so many beautiful plants in your garden. I am so envious of your Ceanothus -- it's gorgeous.

donna said...

Gorgeous ceanothus! Mine are all blooming right now, too. Freesias everywhere and daffodils, too.

But then I'm in SoCal...

CiNdEe's GaRdEn said...

I love your blooms! Tell me what that piece of garden art is. It looks like copper tubing with some sort of ball on top? It is really cool(-:

chuck b. said...

Cindee, That is an artsy iron stake suitable for small climbing vines. I have two of them, and I first mentioned them here, http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/04/thursday-morning-garden.html. They are not currently supporting vines, but that is the plan for them, sooner or later.

Les, yeah, Ceanothus, like many plants from Mediterranean climates like California's, will not tolerate any rain during the summer. It only rains here in the winter when it's cold. The only places I know of outside California where Ceanothus is grown are France and England. French weather is v. similar to California's, and England's temperatures are so mild I guess the plants don't know the difference...?

Joco, thank you for the tip about my Mr. Linky error. I know what happened. I still had Carol's URL on my clipboard after pasting it in to my blog for the link. D'oh! Now I'm on Mr. Linky twice and I look like a bloom day hog.

Thank you all for coming by. I'm off to visit your blogs now.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Everything looks great there! 'Ray Hartman' is a great one and does really well here too. I think I need to try the Cerinthe here as well.
BTW if you will be in Seattle soon, hopefully you'll be here when the weather improves. It's usually nice here then with lots of great things to do and see!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chuck B.

I look for your website every day and enjoy so very much.

In your first photo (with Ray Hartman) you have a spiral pole. What is this thing called and where can I get some?

Thanks so much
Susan R

Anonymous said...

Hi Chuck B

I just noticed that you responded to Cindee about the iron stakes.

Susan R

EAL said...

If Omphalodes can grow in 5, I'd definitely like to try it. Looks like a possible container candidate.

chuck b. said...

Look at this Omphalodes from Heronswood: https://www.heronswood.com/resources/Heronswood/images/products/processed/02260.zoom.a.jpg

I wonder if it's still available.

kate smudges said...

What a gorgeous array of blooms you have a happening. I love the Ipheion and the plummy, soon-to-open Freesias.

Phillip Oliver said...


Abigail Rose said...

My omphalodes hasn't even broken ground yet. I imagine in your SF climate they stay green all year? A week ago I had ice on the windshield when I left home at 7:30!

Abigail Rose said...

I just noticed that you have a link to the New Scientist website! I know I mentioned before- I love that magazine.

Michelle said...

Cute bee butts! And the flowers are gorgeous too, especially the ceanothus. I'm so happy it's spring here!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Great blooms. Lots I haven't seen before. I really like the Ceanothus arboreus 'Ray Hartman'-- but then I am a fan of purple! Nice variety.

Jean Campbell said...

Love your Ceanothus, which doesn't thrive here.

Enjoyed the bulbs. Imagine, daffodils in a box! I must try that.

lisa said...

Awww, poor camellia wants to be adopted! (Or come over and play, at least :) Your March is really popping with all that rainfall.