Winter Garden in Southern California

In this post are some of my favorite late winter garden pictures along with some favorite new flowers.

Below are some yellow daisies that are year-round bloomers, dark purple tobacco plant, blue borage, pink daisies, and green yellow heuchera.

Hibiscus splendens Pink Hollyhock Tree is getting ready to flower for the first time after planting last July.

Morning garden with yellow brugmansia taking center stage. I have various pots in the front waiting to be planted.

I’m so happy my magnolia souvlangiana is growing so many more flowers now in its third year. I was worried that it was going to grow too big too fast but so far they seem to grow about a 5 inches each year. The front of this picture has my blue sage grown from seeds almost 3 years ago. To the right, the dark mini pink flowers are Anisodontea ‘Strybing Beauty’ which has been happily blooming all seasons.

My garden entrance is framed by this beautifully scented Jasminum polyanthum ‘Pepita’. White Iceberg Roses are leaning up against it making it look like climbing roses.

Last year after the ONE Cerinthe major purpurascens “Blue Honeywort” died after flowering I thought that was the end of it. However, in the fall and early winter last year I noticed many of these plants popping up. I thought they were weeds but I saved it until it got bigger and used a plant identification app. I happily discovered my baby came back to life and 50-fold!

Blue Honeywort taking over the whole area


Ranunculus ‘Champagne’


Now I leave you with two beautiful and vibrant kalanchoes! Have a great week ahead.

Cherry Tree Blossoms and Other Pink Flowers

Well I had disappeared for almost 3 months, not blogging, that is. I was still struggling with whether I have the time to blog. I had to plant new plants and started seeds on at least 70+ new flowers and vegetables. It’s going to be an exciting spring again with so many new things.

While I was away, I really miss sharing my flowers and the excitement I feel when I think of my garden. With spring coming upon us and tons of new plants I am experimenting with, I think it’s time to share again.

This winter I got my first batch of cherry tree blossoms. I love cherry tree blossoms! I got 5 seedlings from a friend 2 yrs ago. I didn’t get any flowers last year but this year, 4 of the trees flowered, even in a tiny pot lacking in nutrition and care.

These flowers are so charming and delicate! This one below is called a “peppermint”, so says a friend. I agree, it does look like a peppermint candy! I have no idea what the actual plant is.

What is so fantastic about this plant is that it has dark pink flowers as well. All that beauty on one tree!

Another one that bloomed even better than any other blossom tree is this one below. It is planted in one of the worst soil in front of my house and yet it bloomed the most prolifically.

Early in the season buds forming

Then, I got more darker cherry blossoms on another tree nearby with the same bad soil.

Below are some other flowers blooming in my garden.

‘Scarlet’ Quince
Ranunculus ‘Champagne’
Night Rider camellia – not pink actually but a deep wine color
Fringe flower bonsai

That’s all the pinks for today! Have a great rest of the week.