By Melody Kendall
After winter months with the only color in my garden coming from the bright red Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica berries and some volunteer Field Marigold Calendula arvensis, which I have since learned is considered an invasive plant,
First up were some crocus bulbs that I hadn't remembered I planted and my variegated Daphne Odora blooming and filling the area with a lovely fragrance.
Next the grape hyacinth and my Cape balsam Bulbine frutescens showed their colors.
I had planted some ranunculus and Poppy anemone bulbs and they put on quite a show.
And, this is just the beginning. I'm trying some tulips, allium is ready to pop and even the roses are getting into the show.
Now my bougainvillea is leafing out, oriental poppy seeds are sprouting and my variegated Dogwood has little green leaf tufts at the ends of all its branches.
Heavenly Bamboo http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/GARDEN/PLANTS/nandina.html
UC ANR blog-Spring Bulbs https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=22522
Invasive plants atlas-Field Marigold https://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=22378
USDA-Plant profile-common grape hyacinth https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=MUBO
UC Davis Arboretum-Cape Balsam https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/plant/cape-balsam
UCMG Santa Clara County-Sparaxis tricolor
Pacific bulb society-Allium https://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/AllAlliums
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Photo credits: Mel Kendall