Okaaaay. Rain, rain, & then some more rain (so much for La Nina), frost, some days of record high temps, and now back to the proverbial norm. These are the meteorological vicissitudes this past winter-now spring season that have given a kick of joie de vivre to our LoCal SoCal weather wizards a la Fritz Coleman and Dallas Raines.
Lots of stuff blooming now, both native and in the garden.
3/12/11 Fuchsia-Flowered Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum).
3/19/11 In the desert garden, Pink Fairyduster (Calliandra eriophylla).
3/19/11 Prickly Phlox (Leptodactylon californicum). This one's still a baby, along the fenceline.
3/19/11 Not sure what kind of lupine this is. There are a few of these growing on the slope off the driveway. Native or not? To be or not to be? Must break out the Jepson on this one.
3/19/11 California Peony (Paeonia californica). Native to the property. We have a dozen+ of these in the chaparral stand at the front entry.
3/19/11 Wild Cucumber (Marah macrocarpus). Another native to the property. Quite prolific, too, I must say...
3/20/11 White Desert Primrose (Oenothera caespitosa ssp. marginata). These beauties are oh so fragrant.
3/20/11 Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) and Parish's Stream Lupine (Lupinus latifolius parishii) in a planter along the north side of the house.
3/20/11 Pearly Everlasting (Gnaphalium californicum). These are ubiquitous on the property and make for great dried flower arrangements.
3/20/11 Beautiful Rockcress (Arabis pulchra gracilis).
3/20/11 A rainy day, the day before spring.
3/21/11 Weather was still dicey the next day (first day of spring), but that rainbow was a good sign.
3/21/11 And a baby bunny on the patio.
3/24/11 When you have to drag yourself out of bed at crack of dawn to go to work, it's worth it if you get to see this (view from Clinton Keith Rd.)
3/25/11 Rain and more rain.
3/27/11 'San Gabriel' Fremontodrendron.
3/27/11 Silver Dune Lupine (Lupinus chamissonis).
3/27/11 Beautiful new bronzy foliage of Paradise Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pajaroensis).
3/27/11 Western Bluebird (boy to the left, girl hiding behind the trunk of the Mexican Elderberry, on the right).
3/27/11 A drove of wabbits.
More wascally wabbits.
4/1/11 'Margarita BOP' Penstemon.
4/1/11 Sticky Phacelia (Phacelia viscida).
4/1/11 Red-Skinned Onion (Allium haematochiton). These have naturalized under the Konocti Manzanitas.
4/1/11 Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), in the herb garden.
4/1/11 One of the Ladies (Vanessa species) on Cedros Island Verbena 'De La Mina.'
4/1/11 Five Spot (Nemophila maculata).
4/1/11 Western Vervain (Verbena lasiostachys).