Blue Flowering Sage with Fiery Skipper Butterfly

This week I have photos of my sage herbs in flower.Not only does it taste great in my sauces and stews, it really looks beautiful in the garden.This Mediterranean native plant has been established for a few years and now lives on rainfall alone.It has tall spikes of blue flowers loved by bees, butterflies and Read More

What’s Blooming In Southern California This April

Wondering what to plant now that will bloom next spring?Here are a few drought tolerant ideas for you.All of these plants in my garden are growing on rainfall alone.OK, when it was 120 degrees last year I may have done a little watering, but that was it, really. I am impressed with the results. Take Read More

Spring Flowers In Southern California For Friday Floral

Warm weather is bringing flower blossoms and sprouting bulbs here in Los Angeles. Here are a few pretty baubles blessing my garden right now: Lavender is blooming all over. We’ve has a few bouts of rain lately and the lavender is putting on an extra fragrant show. This one is in my ‘back 40’; an Read More

Hot Pink Flowering Bougainvillea

Here’s a quick late night Friday Floral for you. The bougainvilleas are blooming here in southern California. Their colors can range from purple to reds, pinks or white, but my favorites are the hot pink versions. This one is climbing over a fence in my neighborhood. Once they get established bougainvilleas are great ramblers; rambling Read More

Awesome Aechmea Bromeliad Flower Performance Continues!

  Just in time for #FloralFriday on theGardenPages; the flowers on my Aechmea just keep getting better. I showed you the prickly pink flowers when they first emerged from my Urn Plant. Now they have continued flowering with added features! The blooms develop what look like extra flowers consisting of deep blue petals deep inside Read More

Texas Ranger; Brave Bloomer in Hot Dry Gardens for FloralFriday

This brave plant currently blooming in 100 degree heat is called Texas Ranger or Leucophyllum frutescens. It is also one of the oddest plants I have grown, but more about that later. After a few years of getting established it is really blooming this year. Most Leucophyllums have purple flowers with more of an open Read More

Blooming Aechmea Bromeliad Update for Friday Floral

The flowers on my aechmea plant are finally opening. They are on stalks about a foot long coming out of the center of the plant. The flower is about 6 inches wide from tendril to spiky tendril. Aechmeas can be grown in Sunset Zones 22 -24, or (USDA Zone 10 or above or hardy to Read More

Astounding Amaryllis Flowers Blooming in So California August Heat

Amaryllis belladonna are fascinating flowers. They bloom straight out of the bare ground on tall stalks. Their flowers are large and dramatic, shaped like trumpets about four inches long. They smell wonderful and can perfume a room on a hot summer day. They bloom in late summer or early fall. The leaves are on a Read More