The season has stayed unusually cool this March. I suppose it's for this reason that the transition to the flowers of late spring - usually a very marked transition - has not really gotten underway yet. At present the garden continues to be dominated by two winter-blooming shrubs, Alyogyne huegelii and Senna nemophila.
Encelia farinosa, the brittlebrush of the Sonoran Desert, is a perennial wildflower here. Its golden springtime daisies are fairly certain to appear somewhere, whatever the weather has been, though they would be in greater abundance following a wetter winter than we have just had! Just now they are flowering alongside the highway - and in my garden!
Today's vase belies the sudden drop in temperatures here, accompanied by sharp winds. It was warmer at midnight last night than it was at mid-afternoon today, and the temperature is expected to drop into the thirties (single digits Celsius) tonight - not something we've seen for some weeks.
However, the garden has plenty of sunny yellow flowers, most of them well-adapted to cold springtime. So I brought some of their sunshine indoors.
You may notice something unusual in a couple of this month's Bloom Day photographs: raindrops!
After a very dry winter we have had three days of slow rain, on and off, softening the garden soil and refreshing the plants as only rainwater can do. It has been a big relief to know there is some good moisture returning to the garden and, indeed, all around for the thirsty ground. The wild plants have gone very dry for this time of year.
So life goes on in the garden. I've finally begun a lot of the pruning I've been meaning to do, so the borders are looking a bit lean to me; and I was wondering what this month's GBBD would show. I need not have worried, as there is actually quite a bit in flower.
Here is a look around the borders in the middle of February. First, the North Border, where Justicia californica is finally making its statement of brilliant color and hummingbird nectar. This is apparently the time I am supposed to prune this overgrown, sprawling monster, but how can I...? It will have to wait just a little longer!