Saturday, March 10, 2012

Barbara's Garden

So we drove out to San Diego on March 1st in order to visit family this past week.
From the picture above you might have mistakenly thought we went to Hawaii instead.
Those orchids?
They were blooming away gloriously in my Mother-By-Love's  garden in La Masa, a small town in east San Diego.

Barbara was given the orchid plant something like five years ago.
She stuck it outside when she got it, and let it do its own thing, sink or swim.
This went bonkers.
There were two stalks of orchids, each flower the size of the palm of my hand.

After the snowy landscapes of home seeing a garden in bloom was a real treat.
(The orchids are in the upper left of the above photo).

One day it got up to 92 degrees.
In the first week of March for heaven's sake!

Being outside, taking photos of all the that's my idea of fun.

A penny sized blossom with lavender blue pollen.

I am under the belief that most native Southern Californians don't get too excited by the omnipresent Bird of Paradise that blooms in huge clumps all over the place.
It took leaving the area and coming back to begin to treasure the orange and yellow flower.
(And does anyone else besides me remember the Happy Days episode when the character Potsie gave his prom date a Bird of Paradise to wear as a corsage?  Hilarious!  And a big tip-off that the writers lived in SoCal...)

Ah shucks...there really should be a way for you to smell how the orange blossoms were scenting the garden. 
 The tree was covered in blossoms and each gentle breeze filled the air with the intoxicating scent.

Barbara absolutely LOVES iris.
The unfurling of a first golden iris was closely monitored by all of us.

Our family's two March birth people were happy to see their birth flower (daffodil) blooming about the garden just in time for their birthday.

Oh, and if the scent of orange blossom wasn't enough, the freesias were adding their fragrance to the garden as well.

(It was hard not to keep circling back to the iris to catch the secondary blossoms begin to unwind).

Fetal flower... 

Shooting prone.
(Must remain flexible...must do more yoga...)

That soft golden plush catching that texture in the photo.

The star-like center of each nasturtium leaf really stood out to me.

The blue margarite daisies mound up against the front porch this time of year.

And if the orange blossom fragrance was wonderful, the fresh picked oranges were totally awesome.
Nothing beats fresh picked oranges eaten right there in the garden in the morning.
So that is a spin around Barbara's garden during the first week of March 2012,
Come back by again in a day or two to see the garden birds and critters too!


Vee said...

Terrific garden your mother-by-love has been growing. I'm very intrigued by all the camera angles and I'm also intrigued by the variety. The small blue flower looks a lot like my beloved spiderwort. Is that it? Irises. I have only one or two and those by the generosity of my sister. Need more. Many, many more. Every gardener should raise irises...the only flower that grows more lovely with each passing year.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Wow, Jill, what a gorgeous and glorious riot of color and shape! This post was such a joy to look at, thank you for the special treat, and thank Barbara for her beautiful garden.

I've never been able to properly capture a bird of paradise with my camera. Your photo really is stunning and it shows this flower at its best. I love its special mix of colors.

It certainly was a summery week.

Kathy said...

San nice! I enjoyed 'walking' amongst the blooms here today. She has a lovely garden.

a woman who is said...

Yay you are bringing springtime to my heart early! The orchids are simply amazing!

RoeH said...

My mother lived in southern California in the '40's. She always said afterwards that you could stick a toothpick into California and it would bloom. Neat state for that. Beautiful.

Lorrie said...

For someone who has been craving colour, this is a wonderfully satisfying post. Ahhhh.

Pondside said...

Soooo beautiful! We are anxiously awaiting some warm weather up here, but are thwarted by the cold and rain. Soon we'll be outside in the mornings - sun on our heads and in our eyes. I can't wait!

Vicki said...

How in the world does she get iris to grow there in the SoCal heat? Bearded iris (my favorite flower) will not grow here in FL, although the African iris will.

(Love the fuchsia - they always make me think of my own MIL!)

The Bird of Paradise grow rampant here, too, but I have yet to take them for granted. I love their brilliant colors!

Thanks for sharing her beautiful garden...I think every plant there knows this is the season to really dress up and look spectacular!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I enjoyed listening to the mockingbird, Jill. I don't see or hear them here very often so his song actually sounded pretty to me. I guess it could annoying if there were many of them. We get flocks of crows sometimes and their "craw, craw craw" can get really annoying!

Barbara's garden is beautiful! I loved all your photos of her flowers and the other birds you saw.

Pondside said...

It was fun to look at the lovely flowers with the birdsong in the background. I didn't hear 'cheeseburger' but I enjoyed the chirping. I'd never heard a Mockingbird before.
It snowed here today *sigh*