Pre-Spring Blooms

There are a few unique and interesting flowers that appeared this past week I wanted to share. A few were unexpected surprises because they haven’t bloomed much in the past. This year started out with some BEAUTIFUL blooms that I haven’t seen before.

The above picture is my muscari plant. They grew from tiny little bulbs and spread themselves all over my garden. I had planted them over eight years ago and each year around this time they would make an appearance. The last two years I haven’t seen much of them but I guess the weather must have been good for them this year. They are only about 6-7 inches tall but each clump has about this many flowers. I regret not getting a side view of these beauties for the blog. Their tiny bulbs have spread out over the years so I actually have over 12 clumps of these flowers in one area of my garden.

These white flowers are so darn cute and I don’t remember ever growing them. I have never seen them before (I think) and I don’t know what they are! If anyone out there recognizes them, do tell. They looked like they came from bulbs. There are several of these in my yard in a couple of places. I must have gotten them years ago because another plant that looks similar to this one appeared nearby. This pinkish red flower below is so pretty and vibrant. The flowers are only about 2 inches wide but they are so adorable and unique in my garden.

This adorable pink hibiscus below just bloomed this week. The flower is about 5 inches wide and it is a complete showstopper! I need to figure out how to get this hibiscus to bloom more because for the past three years it would only eek out two or three flowers a YEAR, one at a time! Talk about stinginess!

My aeonium Sunburst succulent also started growing new babies this winter. See them growing on the sides there? Absolutely the cutest! The mother plant is almost 2 feet tall with a face about 18 inches wide (yes, she’s a big one!). I believe she has been in the ground for about 2 years. She was only about 6 inches tall when I put here there originally.

Below is a beautiful but a little bit neglected geranium. I love these beautiful purple maroon flowers and it is so low maintenance. I grew these on a partial shade side of the house but it doesn’t have any trouble flowering as you can see. It does look a wee bit dry from lack of watering but it’s a knockout in the garden. It spreads its roots out over time and you can pluck them out to give away or plant in other places.

Lastly, these pretty bright orange and purple daisies are just screaming for attention in my garden! They are wickedly pretty! I love their bold colors!

Succulents

Aeonium Sunburst

I never used to like succulents because I always associated them with spiky cactus plants. They are in the same category of low maintenance, low water, and heat tolerant plants…so I thought they are all the same. One day, I saw my mom had these beautiful Aeonium Sunbursts in her front yard and I am forever sold on its beauty.

Succulents come in all shapes and sizes but my favorite varieties are ones that resemble flower shapes! Succulents are so easy reproduce. Just pinch off a leaf or branch, let it dry out for a few days, put it in cactus potting mix and DON’T water for at least a few weeks until they sprout roots. They like to be watered once a week and morning sun/afternoon shade after that.

These pretty rosette-looking cuties are one of the Aeonium Kiwis. They are green when they don’t get enough sunlight but when it is in the sun, it turns into this color above, with hints of yellow and red. They can be more vibrantly red and yellow too depending on how much time they spend in the sun. So beautiful! Truly one of God’s magnificent creations!

Aeonium Urbicum

One of my other favorite succulents are in the “Hens and Chicks” collection. I think it is such a ridiculous name but once I saw them sprout babies, I realized why they are called that. In the picture below, a couple of them already sprouted babies on the side. They all do that later in the year and I separated them into pots and gave some to friends.

In general, I love succulents because they are very colorful and easy to care for. My hopes for my garden in the future is to have a rock garden designated for my succulents where they get the right amount of light and water each day. As always, I’d like to leave you with my favorite succulent: Aeonium Sunburst.