What's blooming April 1, 2012

Michael Mace michaelcmace@gmail.com
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 11:38:48 PDT
A storm blew through here last night, and the day dawned breezy and sunny.
The combination of rain yesterday and sun today made a lot of things come
into bloom all at once, so it was quite a sight outside.  Here's a summary:


--My first hybrids of Moraea amissa x insolens are finally in bloom.
They're orange with purple veins.  Not very attractive, but I do like the
bright green and red nectar guides.  I'll post a photo to the wiki later.


--Crocus moabaticus is just finishing bloom.  I have it in a mixed bed with
Crocus mathewii and a bearded Iris that has scarlet red falls and a bright
blue beard.  Unfortunately, I lost the name tag on that one.


--The naturalized patch of Tecophilaea cyanocrocus has continued to grow.
It's still quite small, just a few thousand bulbs.  And of course not all of
them bloom at the same time.  But they do make a very nice blue patch on the
hillside.  They're growing next to the blue Clivias.


--I just spotted buds on one of my pots of Calochortus tiburonensis, and am
still enjoying the flowers from Calochortus monanthus.


--And of course three of the Amorphophallus titanum are still in bloom.  My
wife wants me to move them out of the bed next to the kitchen window.  I
like being able to see the colorful flies crawling all over them in the
morning, but she complains when the wind's blowing out of the south.


--The neighbor's goats broke into our yard again last night.  Fortunately,
we've got them trained now to eat mostly just wild oats, burr clover, and
star thistle.  I was impressed that they managed not to trample the Aril
Iris beds even as they ate down the kudzu to the ground.


That's about it.  I hope you enjoy your April 1.



San Jose, CA (zone 12, min temp 50F)

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