Colorful Winter Garden

Several things are budding or flowering this week. Here in Southern California we have a warmer winter than many places in the U.S. so many plants like hibiscuses, roses, and nasturtiums are growing happily this winter. 

I don’t know much about reblooming bearded irises in other parts of the U.S, here in my area they have budded or are blooming. Come see some new pics of my colorful garden!

This reblooming bearded iris is a true work of art! Such beautiful shading and blending of colors, a truly remarkable masterpiece that is God’s creation! My photos are NEVER Photoshop-ped or altered in anyway. Colors are original.

My dog photo-bombed this bearded iris picture. I apologize for his choppy haircut. I was trying to cut all the tangled hair, not to make him handsome. I  think he is a mix of Maltese and cockapoo. We got this “Lord Waggles” from a friend who got it from another friend. Our family voted on his name but I was the one who wanted a pet cat or dog to be named “Lord Waggles”. Imagine the veterinarian who reads his name out loud. Ha ha ha! I can’t understand why anyone would want to give him up!

The flowers below are some old favorites that are coming back again, the only new plant is the green “feverfew” moss. Those feverfew were grown from seeds last spring and are growing abundantly now. My mini roses are blooming quite early this winter as you can see below. So many tiny one-inch roses. The pink Strybing I thought was dormant came back after I trimmed it but it was the new growth from the trunk that flowered. Nasturtiums are spreading like wildfires and growing surprisingly tall about 12 inches and larger leaves. Is that normal? I’ve had them for three years now and have never seen their leaves so large, about 2-3 inches wide. They re-seeded like weeds here but it’s ok, I like their orange and yellow flowers and they are edible. Borage below is also a beautiful re-seeding plant. Its flowers are beautiful blues and purples and bees love them. The leaves are edible and spiky but tastes like a cucumber.

Budded Plants

A few plants are getting ready to bloom in a few months. Peonies are getting their buds ready. Strange that one dead-looking peony branch looks like it had red buds on them. Daffodils have one bloom so far, the others are peeking through.

These kalanchoes are my favorite succulents. I have them in a pot but they grew out of it and are spreading on the ground. It is flowering happily even though the ground was saturated with rain for all of last week. I love all the colors of this plant.

This Burr. Francine “Roseglow” orchid is beautiful! One of my favorites and have been flowering for almost three months. I took many shots of this because I loved what is presented in each but I was trying to zoom into that unusual center of this orchid. Did you notice the center looks like a monkey or a dude is sitting in the center? Strange and adorable for sure. Flowers are starting to die today though. This plant is a masterpiece!

Well, that’s all I have this morning. Goodbye for now. I hope you have a great weekend. We are getting three days of rain starting this morning. We need this rain even though we had rain all of last week.


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