The white garden is very green right now. In a few days it will be full of flowers; even as I write this, several tulips have opened, and there are roses that will open within the week.
Here are some scenes from the garden from a couple of days ago:
The Katy apricot tree has doubled in size since last year.
Thyme cascades from the urn. Underneath it, parsley grows. To the right of that is dusty miller under the peach tree, and the large plant is an artichoke, planted from seed last year (to harvest this year). A carpet rose is in a pot near the wall, and jasmine grows from a pot on the trellis (which is 6 inch concrete mesh, hung on the diagonal). This corner could have had nothing at all, between the concrete footings for the wall and the house, and the two irrigation boxes. I used pots on top of these things to make the most of the space; the urn sits on one of the irrigation boxes.
I experimented with cyclamen in the corner, which is usually in the shade. It flowers in the winter, and I have heard it can grow all year outdoors here if kept in the shade. I have snapdragons behind it, and a mulberry seedling as well, grown from seeds from my neighbor’s tree.
I’m growing white alpine strawberries in several places in the garden. I grew these from seed. The strawberries are tiny, and they are white when ripe. They’re super sweet (like eating strawberry fruit leather!) and in more mild climates than mine, they will bloom all summer. Here they bloom in spring,February through May, and again in fall, October through December.
The meyer lemon trees will eventually grow to be a hedge that covers the wall between my front yard and my neighbor’s backyard.
They are just starting to open. When they all do, the perfume is wonderful.
Under the tree are the alpine strawberries, garlic chives, parsley, and green onions. There are three lemon trees in this planter (which was a slope covered with rocks before we chaged the landcape). Between the other trees are tarragon, oregano, and parlsey plants, and behind them, next to the wall, are green onions grown from seed.
In the pot is a bay tree, that I am growing as a topiary.
Below the planter I’ve planted calla lilies. These get afternoon shade from the walls near them, and in the summer, they’ll have shade from the apricot tree and dusty miller below it.
I do have a few things blooming right now. I have stock, that I’ve grown from seed. This can bloom all winter into May here, depending on when the plants went in the ground. This one was grown from seed last fall:
The dinathus in the urn will bloom in spring, and then burn and die in the summer heat. Though it’s a perennial in cooler climates, it has always acted as a cool-season annual for me in our climate. I got this one in a tiny pot at the nursery last fall.
The snapdragons are blooming in the bottom sectin of the garden, below the wall. They’re farily covered by the paperwhite leaves (the paperwhites bloomed in November). I think after the paperwhite die back all the way (important to give the bulbs strength to bloom again the next year) that I will have to dig them up and plant them in the back of the bed.
Above the front entry I have white Lady Bank’s roses. These tiny roses bloom once a year in spring. I planted them two years ago (they were the first things to go in, while we did the rest ofh te work in the front yard) and they were 12 inches tall when then went it. This year they have blooms for the first time. Up the edges of hte walkway I have more alpine strawberries, and parlsey on the opposite side. In the center I have daffodils, spinach, lettuce, and Star of Bethelem (which isn’t blooming this year, unfortunately). The euyonomous bushes will be pruned into spheres once they are large enough.
On the wall opposite the hose, the passionfruit vine is already leafing out. I’m hoping well get fruit this year, as it hasn’t fruited for me yet.
Primroses grow along the path on both sides of the walkway here. These started blooming in January. After the blooms die, they will be green the rest of the year. This spot is in the shade all year.
Within the next two weeks, the garden will be full of blooms.