Thursday, March 15, 2012


It's the beginning of spring in the sunken garden. The unseasonably warm winter and spring means that everything is bursting into bloom. I hear that northern gardens have also experienced a milder winter. To find out what is blooming in everyone's garden join Carol at Maydreams for our March Madness in the garden.

The California poppies have been truly magnificent this year. They even surprised me with a yellow form that seeded at the foot of the steps in the herb garden.

Most, however are the more common orange color.

The Iceland poppy, Papaver nudicaule, 'champagne bubbles' A rescue plant from a big box store.

My faithful little blue gilia, Gilia rigidula.

The false garlic, Nothoscordum bivalve. Better appreciated in close up. I think it makes pretty clumps of flowers.

And the first red corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, appeared. There are going to be plenty of those this year.

The wine cup, Callirhoe involucrata, against the paler purple alyssum.

Yellow columbines, Aquilegia chrysantha, var. Hinkleyana.

The Lady Bank's rose in the front courtyard is almost in full bloom. The only thing I have to do to this rose is to cut back its rampant growth.

You can see in this shot that pruning is something at which I do not excel.

In this same garden the four nerve daisies and the blackfoot daisies are in full bloom.

Bluebonnets have even found their way into the rockery. In fact they are everywhere.

Species tulips nested in beside the Agave parryi.

Bluebonnets and blanket flowers in the herb garden.

Blooms of the cross vine, Bignonia capreolata, on the wrought iron gate in the English Garden.

Gazanias galore. They are magnificent this year, the plants having survived the mild winter.

The chocolate daisy, Berlandiera lyrata,is as old as the garden itself. It grows in a crack between the pavers in the sunken garden.

A new plant in the garden this year is this desert mallow, Sphaerlacea ambigua 'red' It really is more pink than red. I also have an orange one.

And finally the iris. All passalongs, and none of which I know the name except for the white cemetery iris, Iris albicans.
I hope all my gardening friends are having a happy bloom day.


  1. Everything looks marvelous. I have poppy plants, no blooms yet. I can hardly wait.

  2. Beautiful garden! It's so special with all your great plants blooming. The blanket flowers look so good with the bluebonnets. Love all your different poppies too. I need to add some for next year.

  3. You have the same purple "unknown" iris that I have--or at least it looks very similar. Your garden is beautiful and this is a gorgeous spring.

  4. Your garden is gorgeous! And thanks for this post - I had a mystery plant in my garden, and now I know it's Nothoscordum bivalve. I think the agave and the species tulip make for a wonderful juxtaposition of culture and form. Very charming!

  5. Wowie kazowie! Lancashire gardens didn't look this good when I lived there - I think we were much more dull and traditional in our gardening. It's so much fun to see a California poppy in Lancashire, I can't tell you!

  6. Your garden always inspires me to paint, and I need some inspiration, so thank you! Gorgeous blooms.

  7. Amazing! You have so much blooming, already.
    That Lady Banks rose is just gorgeous.
    Happy Bloomday, indeed.

  8. I love reading your blog. :) I wish I was as daring to turn my whole yard into a garden like your beautiful ones, but I shall live vicariously through yours. :)

  9. You have so many good looking shots of good looking plants, but I really loved those gazanias. Me and my Lady Banks have a pruning date as soon as she is finished blooming. Happy GBBD!

  10. Wow, wow, wow, Jenny. Those yellow poppies and the Gazania are fabulous! Can you believe it is only mid-March? Great post!

  11. Breathtaking and everything's gorgeous. However, I must say the closeups of the Gazanias are very special. I have never grown them but now I'm ready to try and see.
    Happy GBBD!

  12. All is delightful and gorgeous! I do envy the irises. I brought some with me from OK, and I've bought some, but I've been given to understand that traditional bearded irises in colors do not grow well here in Gulf Coast AL. We'll see. I've had a few blooms, and hold on to hope!

  13. Wow Jenny, this is turning into one spectacular spring for your garden! That rose is insane. Insanely beautiful! I'm a big fan of leaving them wild and rambunctious.

  14. so beautiful! I can't wait until we have more blooms here in Massachusetts.