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February Flowers


Ferraria crispa

Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! We’ve got all kinds of sweet stuff blooming right now, but this Ferraria crispa is the freakiest. It’s our first fancy South African bulb. The foliage on this guy is what sold me. So often SA bulbs have lame grassy leaves, but this guy is almost succulent. Blooms are super fragrant, smelling like a combo of vanilla and butt. They’re fly pollinated, so the stank works for them. Check out all our pics of it here. Now for some of the California natives that have started to bloom.

Coreopsis gigantea & friends

During our first big rainstorm in what seemed like forever ago one of the branches took a dive, but it didn’t break off. We think it might help counterbalance the giant poofy top. It’s growing a with a bit of a tilt, but we’re going to get another big bunch of blooms soon. The Aeonium nobile above the bowling pin is going nuts! A shout out to Jenn at Dirty Girl Gardening for giving it to us last summer.


Phacelia viscida

Aristolochia californica

Three years ago I went on a mission to find this plant. I had seen cool pipe covered pictures of it via google and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Matti and I went to our first SF Garden show in 2009, where I tracked one down from Bay Natives. It was a little slow to establish and I thought it was dead the first year it went deciduous… right now it’s about to do the amazing thing I saw online. It put on a decent show last year, but this year is going to be nuts. If it wasn’t deciduous I don’t know if I could deal. Hopefully this is the year the Pipevine Swallowtails will sniff it out. They’re welcome to eat as much of it as they want.

Eccremocarpus scaber 'Cherry Red'

It’s the vine that won’t quit. Last year our Eccremocarpus died back quite a bit, but this year our masses of them (them reseed like crazy,  annoying cut off the pods crazy) are keeping the hummingbirds happy.

Fuchsia fulgens with Aeonium 'Cyclops' friend

Fuchsia boliviana

Brugmansia sanguinea

Senecio cristobalensis

Euphorbia wulfenii

Crested Euphorbia 'Tiny Tim'

Pretty much all the flowers on ‘Tiny Tim’ are cresting with bizarre monster like flowers. My crackpot theory is that aphids had something to do with it. They were all over this guy and I didn’t really do anything but blast it with the hose once. We have another big honking Euphorbia that’s currently under attack. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will have a bunch of freaky blooms in a few weeks, too.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting Bloom Day!


  1. Wow, i love your flowers, though we can’t grow them here. ..and your heading is so colorful.

  2. Your collection of California natives is fantastic. That Ferraria is something special. What a stunner! It was terrific popping by for a visit to see what is blooming in your garden.

  3. That Ferraria crispa is totally awesome! I cannot remember the last time I saw such a bizarre flower.

  4. Holy moly, that top bloom is *something* – great way to start the morning!


  5. vanilla and butt – awesome combo.

  6. Brilliant photos, beautiful blooms!

  7. That Ferraria crisp almost doesn’t look real. It looks like a porcelain or glass creation.

  8. I just stumbled upon your blog while searching another. Each month I pick one or two to follow and since I love your area of California and you have a great blog, you are the lucky one today! I’m going to be following you. I will be returning often. Great photos. Here on the shores of Lake Michigan I use the lake as a backdrop in many postings. It sets the mood of the gardens in the greatest ways. I will tell you that the first photo you posted today – WOW really different. Jack

  9. I’m loving your Brugmansia right now.

    • Me too! It had a few awkward moments for several months when I wasn’t loving it so much. The last month or so it’s been blooming like crazy. It’s a fun one to hack at, too :)

  10. Fuchsia is amazing–those vines just don’t quit! And–I’m completely obsessed with your Ferraria crispa…I think I need this. right. now. What a great photo!

    Thanks for sharing! Happy GBBD!

  11. giant coreopsis is super! so that’s what a well grown aeonium cyclops looks like. many thanks.

  12. I’ll be checking back for more photos of the aristolochia — that is the coolest thing ever. And nice description, vanilla and butt. Glad the stank works for something!

  13. That ferraria is awesome. I also really like the coreopsis vignette.

  14. What very cool blooms, I’m smitten with the Phacelia viscida, for realz!

  15. Your flowers are looking insanely awesome! I don’t have many blooms yet and most of my succulents are still under cover! That crazy crested Euphorbia is so cool! I have never seen a crested one before! That is so great! Love the photos as usual! Take care you two!

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