Monday, February 22, 2010

After The Rain

We had a spot of rain this past weekend - not a lot, but enough to please the flowers. These daisies bloom most of the year, rain or shine.

This little purple blossom is the first of this year's cranesbills. It's a low growing perennial that thrives on neglect. It has a tendency to spread rapidly and engulf other low plants, so it needs to be kept in check with regular trims.

These gazanias are a hardy, easily grown perennial, often used in parkways and shopping centers, as they are relatively trouble free.

Oh so fragrant freesias are blooming like crazy, spilling out of the flower beds and onto the grass and walkway.

My sister gave me a pack of sweet peas last October and they are just starting to bloom. Instead of tying them up this year, we're letting them ramble across the flower beds. They have more buds than other years, which makes me wonder if they prefer growing their own way.


High Desert Diva said...

You know, you're really not that far away....yet the climate is so completely different.

Flowers. Go figure.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what wonderful vividly beautiful flowers, the colours are amazing

Eryl Shields said...

Your flowers are just gorgeous, they look so healthy. I planted about 50 sweet peas last year and got about 3 flowers, greenfly problem.

Sweet Repose said...

Beautiful flowers and a post card picture from Florida, what more could a gal ask for!!!

The trees look like they may be recovering from a recent hurricane, I know all about that look...scary!

32˙North said...

The first shot truly is a bee's eye view. Wouldn't be so bad to be a worker bee if you got to visit flowers like those every day!

Tracy said...

Sooo lovely...*swoon*... I've not had freesias in the garden in a long time. Thank you for this feast for the eyes, Golden West :o) ((HUGS))