Spring flowers in my garden
Spring flowers in my garden
Spring flowers never cease to delight and bring cheer to everyone after the cold and dark days of winter. New seeds are planted, dormant plants come back to life and my garden is abloom with splashes of colors.
The garden never looks exactly the same as the year before. Some of the flowers flourished, others did not. New plants cropped up with the help of birds, bees, and wind pollination - little gifts from Mother Nature.
Take a virtual tour of the flowers growing in my garden. Welcome everyone.
All photos were taken by yours truly and the ones in Flickr are under my pseudonym jennysh_who
Welcome to my garden - Country life in the city
This is the pastoral scene I see from the window of my house. The rolling hills of Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Northern California can be seen in the background. I love seeing the black angus cattle dotting the hills, hawks, eagles and hang gliders soaring in the air, and the countryside feeling in a big city.
The first sign of Spring - Yellow daffodils
These yellow daffodils are the trumpeters of Spring. After a brief morning drizzle, these yellow gems shimmer with water droplets.
Narcissus flowers symbolize birth and new beginnings
Geraniums and pelargoniumsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Martha Washington Pelargonium - Thrives on coffee
I love this Martha Washington geranium (perlargonium x domesticum) which is thriving beautifully in a hanging basket under a trellis. This came from cuttings given to me by the owner of a Victorian Tea House who has a gargantuan bush growing merrily outside the tea house. She claims the secret for its size and the profusion of flowers is leftover coffee, which she pours over the plant.
Snowy white magnolia tree - Hummingbirds' favorite hangout
Still showing the snowy-white colors of winter, this magnolia tree towering over the redwood trellis burst into blooms early Spring.
Droplet of rain bejewel these magnolia flowers - Nature's tears of joy
No sooner than the fuzzy buds of the magnolia tree blossomed into white beauties, the rain came and tossed some of the white petals onto the deck.
Marguerite diaisies - Pretty in pinkClick thumbnail to view full-size
Euryops make an interesting garden subject
Australian tea tree - Therapeutic properties of the tea tree oil
This Australian tea tree (Leptospermum laevigatum) started off as a 5-gallon plant and has grown to be a rotund tree over 5 feet wide and 6 feet tall.
The tree is covered with small soft pink flowers, likes a sunny spot and is very low maintenance. It is fast-growing and attracts birds.
Closeup of Australian tea tree flowers
New Zealand tea tree - Known as Snow Flurry Tea tree
This is the New Zealand tea tree (Lepospermum scoparium "Snow White") and serves as a hedge and windbreaker. It has a refined appearance due to its small white flowers and leaves. It is also referred to as the Snow Flurry Tea Tree because the petals fly around like a flurry of snow when the wind blows. These shrubs are planted along the length of the deck. You can see a hint of it at the right side of the larger tea tree photo.
Tulips - The divas of my Spring garden
These colorful melange of tulips which I planted last January are showing their true colors. Vibrant, beautiful, and one of the most popular spring flowers, these tulips are my pride and joy this year. This is because this was the first time I was able to make these bulbs, sprout, perform and make a splash in my garden. I just love the striped tulips. These look like lollipops or sugar flowers for a cake.
Pretty maids all in a row...
Transform your garden in spring with tulips
These colorful tulip bulbs will burst into stunning spring flowers. Aptly named Rembrandt's mixed colors of tulips, these spring gems will not fail to dazzle. Each bag comes with 13 bulbs each measuring approximately 11-12 cm.
Blue Irises - One of my favorite spring visitors
The iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow referring to the multitude of colors that are found among the many species. These bluish-purple flowers with striking yellow throats make wonderful cuttings for the home. A true blue Iris is hard to find, but having these return every year in the garden makes me feel blessed.
Vinca Minor Groundcover - Carpet of bluish flowers
Vinca minor, with its bluish-lavender flowers, covers much of the backyard. It has a creeping habit and is invasive and could take over other planted areas.This groundcover is no match to the ivy (Hedera) which invaded my garden and took over the vinca minor's turf. After painstaking removal of the ivy, the vinca minor, once again, dominates the grounds.
Closeup of vinca minor flowers
The strawbery groundcover has small white flowers with yellow centers and are growing under the black pine trees in the front yard. This variety bear small fruits that grew in the backyard ( thanks to the birds and the bees) were more invasive and at one time crowded out the vinca minor.
Krauter Vesuvius flowering plum tree
Spring is Cherry blossom time - A hint of Japan in the garden
This flowering cherry tree (prunus serrulata "Akebono") kicks off spring with its clouds of delicate cluster of pink flowers. Its name comes from its serrulated leaves. The "Akebono" cherry tree grows againt the fence of the sideyard and can be seen from the street.
Closeup of "Akebono" cherry blossoms
Pink cherry blossoms - Prunus Mt. Fuji - Provides privacy to the bedroom area
This flowering cherry tree (Prunus Mt. Fuji) lives up to its name and towers over the roofline. It has horizontal spreading branches and a canopy of about 40 feet. It puts on a spectacular spring show in my backyard with its cascading clusters of pink cherry blossoms and keeps the deck area cool and shaded.
Cascading fronds of Prunus Mt. Fuji cherry blossoms
Inviting garden path - Let's take a walk here and see what we find
This meandering garden path with Arizona flagstones leads to the flowerbed below. April showers help sprinkle the cherry blossom petals along the way, just like what flowergirls do in a wedding.
Holly with berries - Beautiful but deadly
Two holly ( Ilex) bushes grow along the sides of the garden path. These were mere 5-gallon plants when I first planted them years ago. Now they stand at 10-feet tall with thick, spiny glossy green leaves with vibrant red berries. The berries are known to be toxic and poisonous if eaten by humans.
During the Christmas season, I put a few cuttings as part of a table decoration.
Medically speaking, hollies are potentially dangerous if eaten. Twenty berries may constitute a lethal dose.
Fragrant freesias - Low-profile but unforgettable
Freesias are one of my favorite spring flowers. Not only are they lovely to behold, but these have a citrus-like scent which is unforgettable.
I like adding a few cuttings as accents to my flower arrangements.
Blue irises, red and yellow freesias make beautiful music together
Azalea photo gallery - Every gardener's favoriteClick thumbnail to view full-size
Every garden must have azaleas
African daisies never disappoint - "He love me, he loves me not"Click thumbnail to view full-size
Chinese Fringe Flowers
The Chinese fringe flower shrub (loropetalum chinensis) has a rounded canopy and strap-shaped white fragrant flowers. It is a low-profile plant in contrast to the flashy flowers around it.
Hebe shrub - Butterfly magnet
This attractive shrub grows under the birch trees in the front yard. This flowering shrub attract butterflies and are tolerant of any soil types.
Whiff of nature's fragrance - Bees love the lavender plant
Did you know that lavender scent helps you sleep better? The lavender bush matches its glorious purple blooms with its fragrance.
Cotoneaster shrub - Planted by the bees through pollination
The Rockspray Cotoneaster (cotoneaster horizontalis) with stiff branches and red berries mysteriously popped up in several places in the garden. It is an excellent plant for rock gardens or to espalier. Thanks to the honey bees for doing an excellent job in pollinating. This is evident when bees are swarming around the bushes in Spring.
Pink hawthorne bush - Deer snack
A hedge of pink hawthorne along our driveway provide midnight snack for deer that come to visit every so often. Fortunately, this shrub can take abuse and continues to replace the chewed up branches and leaves.
Evergreen Pear Tree 'Pyrus Kawakamii' - Non-fruit bearing
The evergreen pear tree or 'Pyrus Kawakamii' burst into a rounded crown of white fragrant Spring flowers with glossy foliage. The trunk is barely visible as the tree is all crown. It may be deciduous in coldest winter, but this evergreen pear tree has never dropped its leaves in our Northern California weather.
Up close and personal with 'Pyrus kawakamii' pear tree blossoms - Beauty frozen in time
One can only admire the beauty of these white clusters of fragrant flowers of the 'Pyrus Kawakamii' evergreen pear tree as captured by a camera's zoom lens. From afar, these little white flowers look non-descript and ordinary. One should always stop to smell the flowers.
Garden gnomes bring good luck
Gnomes in the garden are believed to bring the owners good luck. This guy looks contented resting next to the asparagus fern. I believe this happy gnome has cast a magic spell around my garden.
Lucky frog planter - Grumpy frog
This large frog planter never served its purpose. No plant has ever been planted in it due to my procrastination. It stands as a sentry outside the house and I think I like it better this way. Could it be the reason why froggy looks a bit glum?
Every garden needs a toadhouse - no visitors so far
It's lunch time!! - Even gardeners need a break
This charming sundial sits on our deck. It tells time pretty accurately when the sun is out in order to cast a shadow along the numbers. Time stood still at 12:30 p.m. when this picture was taken. One of my favorite motifs is the frog.
A frog in the garden not only is whimsical but brings good fortune to the owner.
This delightful hummmingbird faucet is a must-have. It turns the ordinary into extraordinary.
Let Amazon help your garden get ready for spring and summer! - Make your garden inviting and cozy.
What else could bring a smile than to see these children enjoying themselves with their pet in the garden.
Enhance the chi in your garden with this 5-tube wind chime representing the 5 elements -
water, fire, wood, earth, metal.
Sit and relax, read a book, chat with friends, or just listen to the birds chirping.