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What’s Blooming?

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What’s blooming in January? It should be a pretty dormant month in the garden, but I'm finding that there is more blooming in January than there was last fall. I picked these double pink camellias and floated them in a bowl for my dining table centerpiece. Then I walked around the garden with a camera, and I was surprised by the number of things that were flowering. I know Santa Barbara is known for it's mild climate and year round growing conditions, but I remember past winters when my garden looked a little bleak. I guess, as my garden has matured, some of the plants have extended their blooming season. Perhaps my strategy of benign neglect is paying off!

Here are a few more things that are blooming in my garden right now:

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The orange trees are blooming.

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These are the blooms of the Pink Powder Puff tree (Calliandra surinamensis)

More photos in the extended entry...

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This is Salvia lanceolata, which is evergreen and blooms in my garden nearly year round.

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This is a variety of spirea. It was in the garden when we bought the house. My guess is that it is Spiraea cantoniensis.

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This is Coleonema pulchellum - Pink Breath of Heaven

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You can always count on blooms from Lavatera maritima - Tree mallow

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This is a Pelargonium cordifolium - Heartleaf Geranium, an unusual pelargonium in that it's about 5 feet tall.

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And here is the humble jade plant (Crassula ovata), that every old garden in California seems to have in a forgotten corner.

Comments (1)

Krista, your garden is lovely. I've enjoyed looking through it this evening. :)

Mine is hot and a bit dried out - I still have a few roses to look at though.

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