Pacific Coast Gardening forum: Blooming in March 2016

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Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Mar 5, 2016 7:42 PM CST
The old Mother of Thousands has come to make her only and last bloom show... the African Violet also complete its full bloom, the Spiraea is under their white blooming process (will post photo later)...

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If a plant looks good, smells good, don't eat it, grow it!
Fiat
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Mar 5, 2016 9:01 PM CST
Love the African Violets, I used to have a windowsill full of them, no more. Makes me miss them, they are so lovely.
OK . . .check out this Mother of Thousands, this is most impressive blooming I've ever seen with these plants.
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This is a crassula I believe. It's in a box planter hanging on the side of my garden swing. This one has been a great plant.
Check out the little star shaped flowers.
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A Kalanchoe.
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Momentary brain malfunction but I'm sure someone will recognise this one. It's a hybrid and always puts out the most interesting orange and pink flowers.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 5, 2016 10:44 PM CST
Dee, your hanging crassula looks like crassula multicava / fairy crassula. It was a groundcover on my property in Fallbrook...I loved it soooo much. Never thought of using it in a hanging pot....
Fairy Crassula (Crassula multicava)

edited to add that the last pic of the orange and pink bloom is, I think, an erysimum. I have a huge bush of erysimum Bowles' Mauve which is indestructible, was here when we bought the place...and it flowers almost nonstop. Until I saw your pic of the orange and pink flowered one, I had forgotten that I planted one like that this last fall.....hoping it's still alive out there.

I did not know that Mother of Thousands would flower like that.....beautiful color.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 6, 2016 11:22 AM CST
Lovely blooms Fiat and Dee! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 6, 2016 11:41 AM CST
This is the ONLY Pride of Madeira I've seen here in 2 years! I've watched it enviously for those years, but last year I did get seeds from it and will sow them maybe next month. It's my preferred color of purple. I did get cuttings from it last year, but I have never had much luck with echium cuttings. I do have a couple that were given to me, grown from cuttings by a friend who is certainly not a gardener (how does that make ME feel?)....LOL...but they are pure blue and I don't care much for that somehow........

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They are not as 'blue' as this second pic shows them to be.....

I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 6, 2016 11:46 AM CST
Oh! So that's the name of the plant! I saw a blooming clump of that yesterday at El Cerrito, really pretty!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 6, 2016 12:00 PM CST
All of the echiums are wonderful!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Mar 6, 2016 3:24 PM CST
Dee, I hope my MoTh's bloom will catch up to yours, color, size... and my Kalanchoe too, in years, I think (but color's different from yours). The planter of your hybrid erysimum looks rather interesting...

Sherry, your Madeira plants stand very magnificent to me either purple or blue.
If a plant looks good, smells good, don't eat it, grow it!
Fiat
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 6, 2016 5:45 PM CST
My Pride of Madeiras on our previous property had reached the point of producing hundreds of seedlings, so propagating them wasn't an issue...and here I don't know how or where I will squeeze them in unless across the front border in front of taller shrubs and there really isn't room for them, but we'll see. I like them so much that I may be forced to make some choices...lol..OTH, maybe my seeds won't do well....LOL...I like the ease of caring for a small yard, but......
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 7, 2016 10:35 AM CST
Brunnera macrophylla is showing its nice little blue blooms:
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Kniphofia sarmentosa carries over its blooms this March, but it is not liking the rains!
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Freesias is still in budding stage: excited to see if it will be really able to make it once more!
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Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Mar 8, 2016 6:46 PM CST
After past storm and before next raining days, pic of the Spiraea bloom are taken:

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If a plant looks good, smells good, don't eat it, grow it!
Fiat
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 8, 2016 7:34 PM CST
Very Pretty! I am partial to white flowers and I saw, years ago in the Midwest, a friend's 'Bridal Veil' spirea and have been thinking of it ever since. I may have to finally get one.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 8, 2016 7:37 PM CST
Very pretty! Wish I had room for shrubs.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 8, 2016 7:41 PM CST
If I get one of those, it will stay in a large pot, I think.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 8, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Lovely blooms Fiat! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Mar 8, 2016 8:05 PM CST
Thanks, everyone.
If a plant looks good, smells good, don't eat it, grow it!
Fiat
Name: Lucky
Sacramento CA (Zone 9b)
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luckyzl230
Mar 10, 2016 1:08 AM CST
@fiat

Sorry for the late pic but mother nature decided to give us a blessing of rain for a whole week now.
Here are the pics. There are 3 with inflo stalks but two are near the fence which was hard to take a pic.
I believe I counted 11 plants in total from what I could see and every year when I cut them back I find baby ones under the big ones so I know I have lots more

One with stalk
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All of them, excuse the aluminum bar. Our canopy decided to break during our recent storm
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Lucky Patrick
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Mar 10, 2016 1:18 AM CST
Rain, rain, rain, rain....

If I were still down in SoCal, I would be saying...RAIN !!!!! Yippee !

But I'm up here and all I can say is....

Rain, rain, rain, rain......

LOL......
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Fiat
Modesto -The Central Valley of (Zone 9b)
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fiat
Mar 10, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Long ago when I lived in Petaluma, some time , I felt and said the same thing as Sherry did... but still CC is way north and much closer to ocean, no place in CA can beat you for rain fall and coldness... same as wonderful natural life there to embrace, I think.
If a plant looks good, smells good, don't eat it, grow it!
Fiat
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Mar 10, 2016 11:51 AM CST
CC has definite flaws, I weigh what I get in return....and somehow, I mostly even don't mind the flaws....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

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