So many beautiful flowers have blossomed so far this year! The biggest show, since December, has been a profusion of apricot drift roses in the sun garden.
In addition, a plethora of phlox and coreopsis have self-seeding and come out in full force.
Other direct sow seeds are bachelor’s buttons and nigella (love in a mist).
I have many roses coming out, as well as the early blooming daylilies.
My desert rose looks gorgeous because it thrived on neglect in the greenhouse over the winter. However, since I put it out in the sun, and it rained, the blossoms are a little worse for the wear… but they were glorious while they lasted!
In addition, many of my azaleas blossomed, providing they received ample water.
I have one oakleaf hydrangea in bloom, a malaysian orchid (that also overwintered in the greenhouse), and the oleanders are prolific! The only thing is that I did have to terminate several oleander caterpillars and, just this morning, I noticed aphids on the second one of the pair near my cedar bed garden. I was going to soap them but noticed predator insects taking care of business for me… so, I’ll be patient and see how that goes. OK. Done with the patience… I hose blasted them off.
Unusual for me, my turk’s caps did not die back for the winter despite the arctic blast of a couple of days, and so they too are in bloom. And, while not in abundance, I did see a few blooms on both of my banana shrubs.
The wedelia didn’t die back to the ground as it always does. It has been desert dry for awhile and I don’t water them… but since it rained, they are starting to flower.
Other flowers in my garden that are blooming in April are a glorious amaryllis, jasmine, canna, sweet almond, bottlebrush, tea olive, blue daze, rain lilies and african irises.
Next on deck, I can see the jacobinia, more daylilies, the crinum lilies, and although the firespike had a bloom, it has a lot more in store!