Pacific Coast Gardening forum: Blooming in April 2016

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Apr 7, 2016 5:30 PM CST
Got a couple of picks yesterday

Thumb of 2016-04-07/ctcarol/329725 Epi. deutsche Kaiserine (German Empress) with Noid Epi



Thumb of 2016-04-07/ctcarol/33b68d Epi. Courante

Thumb of 2016-04-07/ctcarol/a90874 My New Alstromeria x'Zaprian' that replaces the Digi. that was in the pot.
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
Apr 7, 2016 7:55 PM CST
Pretty stuff! I don't really have much going on right now.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 8, 2016 12:26 PM CST
I forgot this silly Dwarf Oriental Lily
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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
Apr 8, 2016 12:30 PM CST
Didn't know there were any dwarf lilies....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 8, 2016 12:39 PM CST
I would think Lilies would do well up there...if you could protect them from the gophers, and other varmints. This one was a potted Mother's day plant that I got at the grocery store about 4 years ago. When It was finished blooming, I Dumped the pot, and stuck the whole works in the ground, at the same level. It is always the first to appear and bloom for me, and smells heavenly when I walk by...or the breeze is from the east.
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
Apr 8, 2016 2:07 PM CST
I just quickly checked the lilies for deer resistance, one blurb said resistant, one said deer love them (asiatics). I have a large (comparatively speaking, for my yard) now that the deer will not get into, so i will check again later. I used to have Stargazers...love the fragrance...Fragrance is always a big plus with me.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 8, 2016 2:45 PM CST
I love Stargazer, but they are only good for a year or two here.
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
Apr 8, 2016 6:37 PM CST
I've got a blooming papaver that I just have to share. Hope this isn't horning in on your thread, Carol - if its bad form, please let me know.

I couldn't believe it when I saw this one this am. I can't get a top-down pic until I take a step stool, or step ladder out there - its 4' tall.

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Two days ago it looked like this:

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Obviously I've never had anything like this before, so I'm all excited. Next year, tho, I'm starting with seeds instead of spending too much on 4 inchers from afar.
Thanks for your kind attention to my giddiness.

Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 8, 2016 6:44 PM CST
Not Bad form at all. We all show what we have in this kind of thread. I just happened to be the one to start for April. Love those poppies. I had them for years but they got crowded out.
Welcome aboard! Welcome!
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
Apr 8, 2016 7:32 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome, Carol. I grow everything in containers so I'm not worried about crowding out, just dying out in case I forget something, like food or water. I love the flowers but get tired of looking at all that boring green stuff while I wait for them. Does the papaver foilage always turn yellow at the base? If so, next time I'll be sure to underplant with something interesting. Thank You!
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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
Apr 8, 2016 7:45 PM CST
Gorgeous poppy! Is that, by any chance, 'Lauren's Grape'?
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 8, 2016 8:24 PM CST
Yeh, mine always did that. Much of my garden is in pots too, but the poppies were in the ground, in a crowded flower bed, so the bottom leaves didn't show much.
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
Apr 8, 2016 8:25 PM CST
Oh wow! I didn't ID the thing. My bad. Its 'Black Peony' - fully double. I think Lauren's Grape is a different configuration, a p.orientale. The peony series is p. hybridum. Select Seeds has a seed mix of the peony series. It doesn't seem to include the black. I got two of these from Annie's as 4 inchers.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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
Apr 8, 2016 8:32 PM CST
Thanks!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
Apr 9, 2016 8:53 AM CST
Thank You! Carol. Now I know the turning yellow thing is normal I can deal with it. And Sherry - you are very welcome.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
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
Apr 9, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Cistus purpureus......this little guy came up here from Fallbrook as a tiny cutting, he's a couple of feet tall now. First bloom this year.....

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Prostanthera phylicifolia.....














I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
Apr 9, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Awwww... that lonely (so far) little cistus p is so cute. Where could I put that? I wanna see when the little guy gets lots of company, please.... Carol
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Apr 9, 2016 3:55 PM CST
Oh love the epi blooms! And all the blooms everyone! So thankful for the rains today woohoo!
My bloomers this April:
Crassula springtime
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Gaillardia
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I think this carnivore bloom is nearing its fade away stage, but it still looks pretty: Sarracenia purpurea
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Calamondin tree
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Dendrobium Jonathan's Dark Joy - acquired in bud last easter, happily went on blooming woohooo!
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Sarcochilus - acquired as well last easter, holding well
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Pelargonium.hortorum Tri color
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Ornithogalum dubium
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 9, 2016 4:52 PM CST
Those orchids look great! My Ornithogalum started to grow, then just rotted. Aside from Freezias and lilies, none of my bulbs have done anything this year. Either lack of rain or lack of chill, or both I suppose.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener Xeriscape
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tarev
Apr 9, 2016 5:09 PM CST
Thanks Carol! My freesias are done for the season, not happy with its growth this year, but at least it tried to make some blooms. My Ornithogalum dubium seems about a month late, but am glad it is managing to bloom now.

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