It's embarrassing, but when I watch these guys perform their antics, I actually wax Disney, with visions of sugarplums, Snow White, Cinderella and Bambi in my head. On the other end of the spectrum, Gil & Hana are probably collectively dreaming of "Rabbit Fricassee" which, unfortunately for them, ain't gonna happen anytime soon on my watch!
4/10/10 This little bambino could easily fit into the palm of your hand.
Our spring this year has been fairly mild but breezy. There's a chance of rain tomorrow evening, which I hope will materialize, because our rainy season is fast drawing to a close. After that (usually by July), it'll be hot and dry all the way through probably late October. In the meantime, the blooming continues in the garden, with many of the Rock Roses now in spectacular form.
4/10/10 Hybrid Pink Rock Rose (Cistus skanbergii). A naturally occurring hybrid native to Greece & Sicily. The Mediterranean origins of this plant make it eminently suitable to our Southern California climate.
4/10/10 Orchid Rock Rose (Cistus purpureus).
4/10/10 White Rock Rose (Cistus corbariensus).
There are probably around 200 species of Cistus in the world, mainly from the S. European/Mediterranean region. There are also a few that are native to North and South America. Our native Southern California species has bright yellow blooms. Its common name is "Sun-Rose" or "Rush-Rose" (Helianthemum scoparium) and is a fire follower that grows on dry, rocky chaparral slopes.
Our native Sun-Rose (Helianthemum scoparium).
Rock Roses in a water-thrifty landscape cannot be overly extolled. Got a dry, nutrient-poor and incredibly hot spot in your garden? Then Rock Roses are for you! Some varieties are even quite cold-hardy.
The natives in the garden are also continuing their floral displays:
3/29/10 Red-Skinned Onion (Allium haematochiton), growing under Konocti Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita ssp. elegans). The "Red-Skinned" refers to the covering on the bulbs. This lovely allium will multiply slowly over the years. Needs good drainage and a dormancy (i.e., no water) period in the summer. It's also native to the Santa Rosa Plateau.
3/29/10 "Cupido"/Monterey Mariposa Lily (Calochortus uniflorus). Per Jepson, native to moist meadows in NW California, Bay Area and Central Coast.
4/10/10 "Pretty Face"/Golden Brodiaea (Tritelia ixioides). Has similar cultural requirements as Calochortus.
3/29/10 Island Alumroot (Heuchera maxima). A clumping perennial native to bluffs & canyons on the Channel Islands. Great under dry shade of oaks (if you have them). This one is doing well in a regularly irrigated wildflower bed.