The morning was sunny and warm, a cup of of coffee and my camera and I was off to walk the garden...my first ever Libertia bloom! On L. ixioides 'Taupo Sunset'...
And my first ever Trachycarpus fortunei bloom...
I sacrificed Melianthus blooms this year because I cut the whole plant back to the ground, parts of it were overwintering but parts were toasted. It was pretty rangy, it's coming back strong.
Magnolia laevifolia has put on quite the show this year, I'm enjoying the final few blooms.
The shade garden in a moment of sunlight...
It's going to be an amazing year for Callistemon viridiflorus blooms. There are dozens and dozens forming.
Here you can see more of them as well as the Embothrium coccineum which continues it's successful march upwards. It's recovering from it's brief loss of leaves over the winter.
This is Clifford's awkward stage. His leaves are spaced for how big they will eventually become, but they aren't quite of that size yet.
The Rhododendron 'Ebony Pearl' is blooming for the first time. It's a horrible photo but at least you can see they're HOT pink not soft baby pink. I prefer that, if they had to be pink.
After all a strong pink can better hold up against orange.
I chose not to coppice the Paulownia tomentosa this year (center). It gets to grow on and help to block an unfortunate view. Eventually the Eriobotrya japonica and Daphniphyllum macropodum v. humile will handle that task.
Speaking of Daphniphyllum, watching the variegation develop on the D. himalaense ssp macropodum 'Variegated' is interesting. The new leaves start out bright yellow and then gradually the darker green bits take over.
Where as on the straight D. macropodum v. humile the new leaves start out with an almost brown tinge.
Said to be slow growing I think the Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida’ put on about 5" of growth last year. Not bad!
I decided to run a wire up along one of our fence posts to support my Passiflora jamesonii 'Coral Seas', within about 20 minutes it had a firm hold on the bottom of the wire. Grow little guy grow!
A new plant in the garden this year, Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'. I am very excited about this one!
Pseudopanax discolor, I saw it at Cistus last February and fell in love. I was going to take a chance on it in the ground but decided to put it in a container.
The sides came off the shade pavilion greenhouse later in the day (open season on summer!). It was supposed to happen last weekend but didn't. Better late than never! All the plants from the basement (the "not hardy" bunch) are back up on the patio and acclimating in the shade, that's why they're all pushed to the south side.
Even so last week's 82 degree and sunny day got a few of them, like my Aloe marlothii who's looking a little "tan"...hopefully he'll work his way out of it.
Spikes! (glowing in the sun)
This cute guy is waiting to be a part of a new agave mound. I'm pretty excited about it, but building will wait until I've planted most everything else, collecting the rocks I dig up helps to make a well draining mound.
In the meantime something has taken a bite out of his nice juicy new arm! (bastard)
Another first! A bloom on my Grevillea x gaudichaudii...
I decided to take the plunge this year and coughed up the dough for a BrazelBerries® Raspberry Shortcake™ (how annoying is that name?). I'm pretty excited for the possibilities.
My sugar snap peas on the other hand, they're really disappointing me. I'm afraid it's going to be time to rip them out and plant the tomatoes before I even get a bloom!
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