The Geraniums are Blooming

The geraniums are blooming. They must know spring is only five weeks away. It’s wonderful to see their beautiful color popping up throughout my garden as the days grow longer.

These are two of my favorites. I searched Plum Bird Corner and found where I’d written about the first plant in a previous post. See it here. I must be amazed by its beauty every spring. I’ll be watching my plants for even more color in the next few weeks.

A Delightful Evening in the Garden

We spent a delightful evening in our garden. This is my newest geranium. (Pelargonium hortorum), or Zonal Geranium. I love geraniums for their vibrant color and hardiness. They do well both indoors and out. I remember admiring them as a child when we visited my aunt’s house in Toronto. I can still picture their bright red color on her window sill. In Southern California most are grown outdoors, and that’s where mine are, planted in containers. This way I can adjust their position in different seasons.They like sun, but mine seem to do best in partial shade, especially during the very hot summer months.

If you’ve visited my blog in the past, you probably know that I also have a great love for African Violets. Not so much for their hardiness, because they need more tender care, but for their color as well.

We are having a very warm spring in Southern California. It was in the high 80’s yesterday, but one of the wonderful things about living in California, is that evenings and nights cool down beautifully. I took advantage of the cooler temperature last evening, to water plants and enjoy the wonderful scent of Night Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnam). Below is a photo of the jasmine in our side yard. It smells heavenly right now. As you walk along our side path, you brush up against the blossoms and they give off even more of their scent. I wish you could smell them.

After watering the roses out front, I  headed into our backyard to enjoy the sunset.

This is what I saw when I looked over our back wall. It looks like we live in a forest doesn’t it?  It was the perfect ending to a delightful evening in Southern California.