It is January in the desert garden...
It is just the end of winter, with the first hints of spring.
the North Border
The great triumph of January has been watching the first couple of blooms unfurl on Alyogyne huegelii (see my last post).
The blue flowers predominate in the North Border right now, but there are also a few reds. Left to right below: Pelargonium peltatum, Lavandula multifida, Salvia farinacea, Justicia californica, Lavandula x intermedia. Clicking any of the collage photos will create a slideshow.
the Central Bed
In the Central Bed there are roses; in fact, there is a full range from roses to the tropical colors of Russelia and Cuphea, to a dash of bright red from desert native Calliandra californica.
Left to right below: rose 'William Shakespeare 2000', rose 'Wollerton Old Hall', rose 'Sterling Silver', Calliandra californica 'Baja Red', miniature rose 'Daniela', Cuphea ignea 'Vermillionaire', a noID gaura (Oenothera lindheimeri) mixed with Lavandula x 'Goodwin's Creek Gray', hollyhock 'Creme de Cassis', Russelia equisetiformis 'Big Red'.
the East Border
I was mistaken in yesterday's post: there are still a few flowers from Narcissus 'Autumn Colors' (above). They are tucked back in the scramble a bit!
Elsewhere (left to right), it is Tagetes x 'Gold Medal', Senna nemophila, Chrysactinia mexicana (just a few flowers), Narcissus 'Nir', Lantana 'Denver Red'.
the South Border
In addition to the drying ornamental grasses, the miniature roses continue to bloom. The lower part of this border is at its brightest in spring, and hints of that season are arriving with the first blooms on Eremophila maculata 'Valentine'.
From left to right (the order will probably be different if you are viewing on mobile): Narcissus noID (probably tazetta), Eremophila maculata 'Valentine', lavender miniature rose, Salvia 'Summer Jewels', Kalanchoe x 'Pink Butterflies', pink miniature rose.
the White and Silver Garden
In the White and Silver Garden it is silvery-blue Lavandula dentata that holds the stage, supported by the crisp white of lantana and the creamy near-yellow of Asclepias subulata.
the Rose Border
Only one rose is in flower in the rose border. This is 'James Galway', bud and bloom. The surviving 'Goodwin's Creek Gray' lavenders are in full flower too. This border needs a good deal of work this year!
And lastly, one from the potted plants on the patio. Last fall I dug up this yellow chrysanthemum because I wanted to slip Tagetes x 'Gold Medal' in that spot and the chrysanthemum wasn't faring too well anyway. In fact, it seems to have been the best thing all round, and the little chrysanthemum is now blooming merrily away. These varieties are, after all, developed for container culture, I suppose.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day! January is turning quite lovely now, and February and March are just ahead - the prettiest time of year for the garden here. I'm looking forward to it - hope you will join me!
Weather Diary: Sunny; High: 74 F (23 C)/Low: 45 F (7 C); Humidity: 15%-74%