More Bearded Irises

As promised, I have more bearded irises to show this week. These past few weeks have been a real treat to discover new flowers in the garden!

The garden is bursting with all kinds of wonderful things that I haven’t seen since last spring. There were also things that I thought were long dead because they didn’t come up last year but came back this year. I’m so glad I didn’t dig them up. Moral of the story is that: don’t dig or throw out dead looking plants until after two seasons!!!

“Montmartre” Bearded Irises

“Wine Festival” Bearded Irises

NO ID Bearded Irises

This container had two kinds of bearded irises growing and both of which I have no idea what they are called because I inherited it from my mother-in-law after she passed away.

” Loveliness” Lavatera Trimestris

This is the plant I mentioned earlier about it coming back this year after looking dead for a whole season. It came back and grew three times bigger and more prolific than ever! The bush is about 3 feet tall with hundreds of flowers and buds.

Lord Waggles is taking a break from eating figs. My dogs kept stealing figs off of our tree and they have done it for years. I read that figs promote digestive and heart health.

Anyway, those are all the new irises this week. There are more to come. See you soon! Have a nice weekend!

My Garden Today

I was out sometimes last week and saw my garden for the first time after the rain and freezing, cold weather. They looked so pretty. I feel I should capture the scene before it will change again in a few months. Trees and plants growing so fast each year. I am always amazed when I looked back at old pictures of my yard. The once barren yard is now filled with lush and sometime overgrown trees.

Below are my “Charles Grimaldi” brugmansia tree now about 10 feet tall. The beauty about this tree is that it flowers almost every couple of months all year long. The trumpet shaped flowers are very fragrant, especially in the evening. Next to that is my variegated leaves hibiscus tree with red flowers. The leaves are yellow now because the Santa Ana winds dried it up a few weeks ago. The green bush on the left are my pink alstroemerias. Nasturtiums with orange flowers are also spreading all over the ground. Someday soon I plan to write about plants that re-seed and you never have to worry about them dying in Southern California.

A path to the back area of my garden is hidden behind this pink brugmansia tree. Pink “Strybing Beauty” are flowering profusely in the front. I have some nice aeonium “Kiwis” succulents spreading on the ground. Those make beautiful groundcovers in dry slightly shady spots. They are happy all year long. Even in the extreme cold weather that we just had, they remained healthy.

Main garden gate to my “secret garden” is below. It is draped with white jasminum “Pepita”. They are climbing on the trellis here and in less than a month will start flowering white petals. They smell great like all jasmine. Yes, I have another huge Charles Grimaldi brugmansia tree on the left too! What can I say I love fragrance in my garden! I like them near the patio to catch the sweet-smelling plant at night. Roses are grown on the left side but they are barren at the moment.

The picture below is the other side of the garden gate. A sleeping plumeria on the right. Last year it was very leafy but no beautiful white and yellow flowers. I don’t know how to get it to flower again.

I would love to have nice, paved stone paths in my garden but that costs way too much and my husband would never be on board with spending that much on a yard. I also can’t see myself pouring much money in things that are not natural. That’s why we are left with ugly grasses. Also, grasses is better for the dogs to do their business on!

Another picture of the plants near the right gate with the plumeria. In the background is my fast growing “Indigo” Iochroma. It has purple bell-shaped flowers. It makes a really great privacy tree because it is leafy all year long.

There is a lot going on back here in this left side of my yard. I had to put these tall black weed “bumpers” to prevent my gardeners from ramming into my small plants with a mower. It worked great but it looks unattractive at the moment. Yes, and yucky grass is all there. On the left front here is my “Red Baron” peach tree getting ready to have beautiful pinkish red blooms in a few months. I have a “dwarf” avocado tree planted there in the center inside the raised bed border.

Then, in the background of the picture below is another avocado tree that was grown from seed. It has been there maybe 4-5 years. It is about 12 feet tall and we had to cut the top off to keep it from growing. I don’t expect that one to have any fruit any time soon in the next 4 years. I am relying on my dwarf avocado tree (above picture) to fruit in another year or two. I believe that one was a grafted tree that I purchased. Daffodils are growing below that avocado tree along with a pink bougainvillea. I have a tall green island mallow tree that has not bloomed for the last two years. I need to troubleshoot that one soon.

This is the view of the right side of the yard where there is a garden path meanders along the fence. In the back I have the red hibiscus tree and another brugmansia tree on the left. Orange and yellow nasturtiums were allowed to naturalize and spread here. Some tall Dutch irises on the right side and ornamental purple kale are spreading on the ground. I have to put a black wastebasket in the front to prevent my dogs and gardeners from trampling on a tiny iris that is growing there.

This area below is more in the front by the Red Baron peach tree. I have borage taking control of the left hand side. They are about to have beautiful blue flowers. I love growing borage because they are edible, bees love them, and they re-seed year after year. You only need to plant them once and they keep re-seeding for years and years. Cheap investment right?

This is the front part of the garden. Sadly, it is not in the best shape because I am still not getting the right plants to naturalize here. A lot of things died down during the winter so I need to find some other plants that can stay alive all year long and dress this area of the garden better. Here, I have a barren plumeria which I have yet to see flower after 3 years in the ground. I have white ornamental kale on the ground, pink geraniums, small bearded irises, and a couple of hibiscuses in dormant mode. I forgot the name of the yellow and orange plant spreading in the front but bees love them too so I can’t get rid of them. They make a nice colorful carpet and they grow year-round.

That’s all I have for this Sunday. I hope you enjoyed this extensive tour of my garden. I rarely show my WHOLE garden because I am usually never satisfied with them but for documenting sake, I write this to show you how far they’ve come. If you’re interested, look in my blog for “garden transformation”, I showed a picture of it from years past. It has really improved over the years, I admit. Not great but much better each year. Gardening is an enjoyable process.

The Once Unpopular Gardens

I just realized there are parts of my gardens that I haven’t shown in the past, called “the unpopular gardens”. It was because it was really barren. Luckily, now everything that I’ve grown in the past year have filled out.

This area of the garden is way in the back corner with my avocado tree on the left, gladioli, daffodils, and pink bougainvillea. There is still a lot to clean up here but for now it’s quite colorful.

This area below have a lot of bearded irises, old gladiolus bulbs, daffodils, and lilies. Later in the summer and fall seasons I expect a great flowering garden here.

In the center of this group are the lavatory assurgentiflora “Island Mallow”. It hasn’t flowered yet and this is the second spring that it’s been there. Behind it are the large, silver-leafed verbascum “Arctic Summer” which have been there for two seasons and hasn’t flowered but it should flower this year.

This group has white statice growing abundantly next to a large grow bag filled with lemon basil. My Babcock peach is in the background. Purple geraniums as groundcover.

The below captures the prettiest tapestry of colors in my garden. There are blue bearded irises, pink alstroemerias, orange nasturtiums, Siberian irises, cranberry hibiscus tree, and the fading cerinthe major purpurascens “Blue Honeywort” in the front.

Below are the magnolia soulangeana tree in the front right, behind are the pink anisodontea “Strybing Beauty”, purple red roses bush, tall iochroma cyanea “Royal Blue” behind that, pink alstroemeria to the left, and chicory plants in the front left.

In this area I have the red Cinco de Mayo roses, yellow plumeria (not flowered yet), yellow roses called “Sparkle and Shine”, and chicory bush right behind it.

That’s all of my back and right side of the gardens. I hope you enjoyed the flowers presented. See you soon!