First, the spring flowers that are just fading. Penstemon parryi still has a few blooms - lovely as ever, but most of its flush is over and seeds have replaced some of the flowers. This plant has been in flower since the beginning of March.
Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana), which has followed the Penstemon closely in bloom period, is also spending its last few blooms. The plant is still covered in wispy seedheads and fading flowers. Soon I will shear these off and have just the little evergreen bush again.
To my great satisfaction, one more cluster of Narcissus canaliculatus did open (see my recent Narcissus post), so I have this to show for GBBD. The bulbs that I moved closer to the surface, after sitting still doing nothing for days, have begun to grow on out. So hopefully they will be capable of setting bloom next year. I don't expect anything more this year from these little heroes!
Yes, the time of spring bulbs is about finished here. Ornithogalum arabicum is also fading, each individual bloom still as fresh as ever, but fewer and fewer of them.
The summer bulbs I planted only last month are just beginning to show above the soil surface. In the meantime, here is a look at some plants that have just reached bud stage.
I await the first blooms from foliage extravaganza Senecio "Blue Fingers".
Even more excitingly, newly-planted Aquilegia desertorum has a couple of buds (only one visible in this picture).
Both the kangaroo paws plants have come out with some new buds, rather smaller than the ones they had when I purchased the plants. I have been chary of feeding them much, but maybe they wouldn't mind a little more. Anigozanthos flavidus, the species...
...and variety "Bush Ranger" have both settled in well and have healthy new growth just now.
Introducing a rose... This is a bud on The Alnwick Rose (David Austin 2001).
But Wollerton Old Hall (David Austin 2011), planted directly beside the patio, is just giving its first blooms. Beautiful, globular blooms - fragrant, of course!
Also just by the patio, little miniature rose Daniela (Kordes) continues to bloom.
Up on the patio itself is Duranta repens, the pigeonberry of the tropical Americas. This shrub is a little more sensitive to cold, so I am keeping it in a pot. I don't know how long that will last since it is said to grow to as much as 25 ft. But so far, so good. The flowers are exquisite, with a pleasant perfume.
Back into the garden, another tropical native has buds and blooms all over - waving in the wind about a foot or more above its mound of foliage. Here is Cistanthe grandiflora, which had a post all to itself about a week ago.
In a much more classic vein, the first chamomile plants are in full bloom. This is the annual or "German" chamomile Matricaria recutita. I am growing them as I would have grown feverfew in the past. I think I like these little plants even better as ultra-traditional, casual fillers.
Also in fine form is Oenothera pallida "Innocence", which I just presented in my last post.
And for some plants, even being in full bloom is only halfway to the goal. Tomatoes, for instance...
And the plants that keep blooming and blooming...
Russelia equisetiformis and Salvia greggii "Autumn Moon" are both looking a bit disshevelled and in need of a rest, but see how exuberant they still are!
Down in the Dry Corner, Tetraneuris aucalis and Berlandiera lyrata show no signs of slowing down at all.
And the little violas, which will stop eventually as the heat increases, haven't complained yet... except when I tried to shorten up on the watering! These planted in the afternoon shade provided by the patio had no problems even then.
I've probably left someone out, but this is a fairly complete list as I wanted to look over this richly flowering seasonal transition time. Lavenders, oh yes, the new arrival Goodwin Creek Grey has some blooms, but the two L. stoechas varieties are taking a rest, a very well deserved rest in the case of "Madrid". Osteospermums - note the plural; there have been a couple of recent additions in this field - are a bit betwixt and between with two having some flowers today. The third was a clearance rescue case, and it is looking very frisky now but will probably not bloom for another week or two. Perovskia's buds are present but too small to photograph - at least in today's wind!
So that is the wrap up for April's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, where so many more April gardens are on view! I have been AWOL from the blog for a couple of days and missed the Monday Vase - mine and everyone else's - due to some less than enjoyable deadlines, not only the taxes... But I was eager to take this look round the garden and enjoy it with all of you. Hope you enjoyed it too!
Lastly, from the new rose border, still the only bush with open flowers... Crown Princess Margareta...
Weather Diary: sunny and breezy, High: 81 F/27.2 C, Low: 62 F/16.7 C
ed. I have to laugh at the word "summer" a little this evening as our temperatures are plummeting in true desert style and are expected to drop into the forties (8 C or so) before morning. But I was trying to describe a very real sense that the garden itself is changing over from one season - or half-season - to the next...