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Flowering Now: Euryops

Flowering Now: Euryops Found along our recent neighborhood walk. Euryops are common landscaping plants here in the San Fernando Valley.   Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Euryops pectinatus is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to South Africa.[1] It is a vigorous evergreen shrub growing to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) tall and wide, with silvery green, hairy leaves and yellow, daisy-like composite flowers, 5 cm […]

Flowering Now: Azalea

Azalea We have loads of azaleas on our property — planted by the previous owners. We have a variety of pinks, a few white and a few red varieties. It is always a pleasure to see them return each year. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook “Azaleas (pron.: /əˈzeɪliə/) are flowering shrubs comprising two […]

Flowering Now: First Paperwhites 2014

Once we had the first big rain of the season, the paperwhites sprung into action. These are the first flowers I spotted for this season. Previously in my Instagram Photos… Read more on this topic: Photos: First Paperwhites 2011 Flowering Now: Fortnight Lily (Dietes) – June 24, 2014 Photos: Paperwhites in the sun Flowering Now: […]

Flowering Now: Lantana

Lantana This exuberant red an orange lantana was flowering along my walk yesterday. They tend to flower almost constantly, but seem to have a flush of blooms are particular times of the year. We have yellow and purple lantana here in our own garden, but I think these red-orange varieties offer a wonderful, colorful, explosion. […]

Flowering Now: Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa)

Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba speciosa) While their flowers are certainly beautiful, I have always found these trees to be quite alien and intimidating — especially with their thorny trunks. Silk floss trees are a relatively common street tree here in Los Angeles, blooming each Fall around this time. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook […]

Flowering Now: Sunflower (Helianthus)

Sunflower (Helianthus) These small sunflowers are growing in a whiskey barrel outside the kitchen window. They don’t get quite enough sun there, which is a chronic problem on my garden, so they are leggy and the flowers are small. Still, they put on a brace face and look quite cute. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A […]

Flowering Now: Hibiscus

Hibiscus in the neighborhood Walking back home after dropping off our car at the repair shop for some maintenance, I spotted this hibiscus. I loved the way it sort of quivered in the light breeze, so I shot a short (9 sec) video to use here along with with an animated gif. Something a little […]

Flowering Now: Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower (Unknown) My wife picked up this succulent planter at a garage sale somewhere over the years and we added some cacti and succulents to it over the years, so I truly have no idea the name of this cactus at all. It does bloom very prettily on occasion, though, so I thought I […]

Flowering Now: Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum) Found along another walk in the neighborhood this week. I especially liked the white daisies with the purple centers. They almost seemed to glow in the sunshine. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Leucanthemum × superbum (or Shasta daisy) is a commonly grown flowering herbaceous perennial plant with the classic daisy appearance of white petals (ray […]

Flowering Now: Plumaria, Van Nuys Civic Center, Los Angeles, California

Plumaria We happened upon these lovely plumaria on a walk around the neighborhood on Monday. These are part of the landscaping at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center just up the street. The bright yellows against the dark foliage is quite striking. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook Plumeria (common name Frangipani[citation needed]) is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.[1] It […]