The weather has been perfect so far this January, and the plants are relishing it. While I feel that I need to improve my selections for wintertime bloom (it is, after all, a prime season in the desert), the showing for this month is quite cheering.
My seed-started, cool-season annuals have come along slowly, whether started indoors or out, so no blooms from them yet. I meant to buy more plug annuals for winter bloom, but that did not materialize, and winter bloom has been left mostly to the shrubs and perennials. On the whole, they are doing a good job of it.
The shrub roses have been a bit shy about beginning to bloom. Most of them need a good pruning and, as the weather looks set to stay mild, they will probably be clipped back soon and given their first feeding of the year. The hybrid teas seem to bounce back into bloom much more quickly, a trait which they share with the miniatures.
About the only annuals giving color in the garden now are a couple of pelargoniums. Despite their tendency to look a bit weather-beaten, and perhaps because of their unsophisticated exuberance of color, I love the standard hortatum types.
It's a lovely time for Salvias, despite the fact that they've not quite made up for a slow start. Our very dry summer and warm autumn slowed them down quite a bit, I think. Nevertheless, clockwise from upper left: Salvia greggi, Salvia "Summer Jewels" sic, Salvia greggi "Autumn Moon", and Salvia farinacea.
There are lavenders...
...and lantanas: a white variety and "Denver Red".
I am excited about some newcomers: Aloe "Firebird", just planted; Narcissus "Autumn Colors", opening blooms in various spots in the East Border; and Limonium perezii, planted last autumn and now blooming for the first time. The Limonium became a must-have since I have often admired it on Kris's blog!
And finally, as I was getting the pictures for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, someone else arrived in the garden. And for once I had my camera handy at the right time, and our little jewel on wings was not overly shy!
Weather Diary: Sunny; High: 60 F (16 C)/Low: 48 F (9 C); Humidity: 55%-100%