This morning's paper carried the hopeful news that rain is on the way to our drought stricken valley. But although there were clouds in the sky, only a few drops of rain fell.
However the forecast is for rain to arrive later tonight, tomorrow, and Friday.
The tulips are just beginning to bloom, so I decided to take a few pictures of the flowers on my morning walk around the garden.
I'm trying to incorporate drought tolerant plants in the landscape, and I know I must remember to forego the thirsty annuals and plants that require irrigation. So this may be the last year that I grow tulips, daffodils, and primroses. But these color spots certainly add cheer to a gloomy day!
|flowers/Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'|
|foliage/Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frrost'|
|Primrose/Primula Victoriana 'Silver Lace Black'|
The Itoh intersectional peony 'Keiko' that I planted last fall is leafing out, and I'm hoping for early spring blooms. I have always wanted to grow peonies, but they don't do well in this Mediterranean like climate. However, I have read that the Itoh peony is a variety that does well in warmer climates and doesn't have the same winter chill requirement as other peonies. It needs moderate but regualar watering. This one may challenge my efforts to conserve water.
|Itoh Intersectional Peony "Keiko'|