Saturday, February 25, 2012

February in a SoCal Garden


It has been warm here even for Southern California. My nasturtiums and geraniums are bursting out.

The lavender are in full bloom already.



A row of freshly planted pansies keep the color going where the roses have been pruned.


I still need to get planters cleaned up. This one needs some maintenance and more poor disabled fountain needs a new pump. Q has made it a rock sculpture.






I cannot remember the name of these. They seem similar to gazania but are not the same plant. They bloom only in winter.



Pansies from last fall are still giving a show.



Orange blossoms and my jasmine all blooming right now. When you open the windows it is intoxicating.



My trees are flowering now too.


I hope you have enjoyed a sunny day in my garden. Come by for a glass of tea on the patio. I am totally serious. I love a reason to sit outside and Q can swing while we chat.


Linking to:
Pink Saturday
Sat. Night Special
Sunday Blog Love
Seasonal Sundays
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43 comments:

Buttercup said...

I wish I could stop by for a glass of tea and a chat. What a great afternoon we'd have.

Jenny said...

We moved from SoCal to Oregon about 3 years ago and one of the things I miss the most is the smell of the orange blossoms. I grew up in Redlands and have always had the scent of orange blossoms to usher in spring. Then in summer there was the cool earthy smell of the groves. I wish you could bottle up that scent and send it to me. I just looked out our window and it's snowing here!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I can't wait till I can have some nastriums blooming again!

Carolyn Robbins said...

Love the flowers! We have snow here. Looking forward to Spring. Visiting from The Patchwork Ark and Warm Heart Bears for Pink Saturday!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love your garden! So fun to look at, mine are all covered in snow. I can't wait for spring.
I am visiting from Pink Saturday and now following your new linky tool and google.

~Shanon

Linens and Laurel said...

Just gorgeous! Our flowers are starting to bloom up in the Bay Area, too. Happy Pink Saturday!

Ginger Zuck said...

So beautiful Elaine. Great shots too. Everything looks so cheery. I am so jealous! and so ready for Spring! Enjoy your fabulous flowers and trees.

Diana said...

If only I could . . . .

It's been a warm winter here -- and we were THAT warm on Thursday, with a high of 78 -- but we are still over all cold, and close to freezing at night. Daffodils blooming, and pansies for those who have set them out. I love nasturtiums, but they don't do well here -- we heat up way to fast in the spring, and are too cold through the winter.

Lois' Laughlines said...

Nothing like a beautiful garden to make us yearn for springtime. Enjoy. blessings.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my yard looks terrible, I would love to sit and have some tea and enjoy yours. Gorgeous. Hugs, marty

zaza said...

Makes me smile walking thru your garden. I live in eastern Ontario(just outside Ottawa) and have just come in from shovelling 20 cm (almost 10 inches) from my driveway. I am counting the days til spring. Thanks so much,Elaine for your beautiful inspiration!

Sam I Am...... said...

So pretty, Elaine...funny...I just planted some pansies yesterday in my front flower boxes. I usually plant some in the Fall and they last through Winter but I never saw them in the store so my flower boxes were empty all Winter. There are no 2 greater fragrances than orange blossoms and jasmine...ahhh....wonderful! Thanks for the flower show!

Vintage Gal said...

Oh my what beautiful pictures. Everything here in Canada is still dark and grey and sleeping. I can hardly wait for my garden to wake up and bloom.
Thank you for the smiles ;-)

Dina said...

I am soooo jealous! It was lightly snowing here this morning but the sun is now out, shining brightly but it is collllld. So I am being terrible ( still in my jammies) but pursing around the house doing a little knitting a little spinning and a little housework. Stopping for a glass of iced tea and a bloggy check in.

labbie1 said...

Beautiful! Just Beautiful!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

The Pianist in Pink, have a great weekend!

Teresa said...

I am so jealous!! We are far from seeing flowers here in Wisconsin! But with very wierd winter that we are having plants are turning green and trees starting to bud out somewhat. I would love to sit in your garden. It looks lovely!

Ms. Redo said...

Looks beautiful, I'm on my way :) (from Virginia :)

Abramyan Avenue said...

How beautiful! I love seeing plants and trees coming to life and bearing such beautiful colors. I have actually been thinking about starting some lavender. Is it pretty easy to take care of?

NanaNor's said...

Hi Elaine, I was just in northern Ca. last week and I sure miss the beauty of winter there-the grass is so green while ours are brown and all the flowering trees are in bloom. We have to wait until the very end of May before we plant. Thank you for sharing, what a lovely garden you have.
Hugs, Noreen

Bonnie said...

Oh, if only I still lived in California. Everything is absolutely lovely. I can only imagine the fabulous scents wafting through your open windows. Hugs, Bonnie

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Your PINK is very pretty!
thanks for sharing...and HAppy PINk SatURday!

ciao bella.
Creative Carmelina
xo

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I really should be out working in our gardens today too, but alas we are working inside. It seems to be taking forever!

Your gardens look lovely and I would so enjoy a refreshing glass of tea with you and a nice visit too. Baby Bee would be happy to help entertain Q.

Kris said...

Very pretty Elaine. I am sitting for the first time today, with a glass of iced tea too!!!

Melanie said...

Your flowers are beautiful and I can only dream of such beauty right now, as I'm in northern IL where it's still very cold. Thanks for sharing your California sunshine with us!

Monica said...

I am a brand new follower to your blog, and it is lovely :) Your flowers are amazing .... quite the contrast to our snow storm we had today. Thanks for sharing.

Debbiedoo's said...

What pretty blooms and shots you took. I can't wait for Spring!

Qra Domowa said...

JAKIE PIĘKNE:)) DZIĘKUJE ZA ODWIEDZINY:)))

ImSoVintage said...

This is the time of the year that I love most when I lived in So. Cal. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful garden with us. I am just happy to see the daffodils blooming.
Laura

Diane Writes said...

Wow! Everything is priceless pieces of pictures. I felt refreshed after looking at each picture Elaine.

Wishing you a great week ahead!

Anja said...

I'm looking with envy at your flowers. Especially now, becouse it's blizard outside.
Nasturtiums and geraniums are marvellous!

Jojo said...

I can almost smell the orange blossoms and jasmine! Beautiful.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

YOur flowers are beautiful. That reminds me, I should probably water the roses on the side of the house ;) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Elaine Sweetie...
What a gorgeous share. I loved strolling through your gardens with you. Geraniums are beautiful as well as your lavendar. A very scentful and fragrant post. Thank you for sharing.

Here in Phoenix, we too are experiencing the beautiful 80 degree weather. My lemon tree is loaded again with blooms. I have geraniums and petunias, and my lavendar pots are so full of blooms they are keeping the bees happy as well. Isn't it grand this time of year? Love it.

Have a beautiful weekend dear one. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

kitty said...

Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful flowers...what a treat. You are so lucky to be surrounded by all that loveliness. xoxo

once in a blue moon said...

ya gotta love year round color~

My Little Home and Garden said...

What a treat to see such beautiful blooms. Patiently waiting here...
-Karen

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love your flowers especially the lavender! I am one of your new linky followers and hope you will follow me back!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Beautiful photos of your flowers!

princess said...

Nice to meet you Elaine!!! I am so glad that i found your blog!!Your garden is amazing, I love it! Have a nice day!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I want to visit you and have tea on your lovely patio. Waaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! :(

Move to Alabama. However it is the land of storms, so you would never see Mr. Sunny!

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful photography! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane (I am #21)

The Tablescaper said...

Spring flowers are filled with such promise. It's wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

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