It was pouring down today. But, rainy days often have their own reward, in the form of a spectacular rainbow. Today was no exception. Saw this one from high atop the Fremont Bridge, on my way home from work.
As I got off at the exit, the light looked fantastic! By the time I had bought cat food, and meandered the scenic route home to avoid the clogged standstill of the freeway, most of that light was gone, so you’ll have to make do with what follows.
The cobra-like head of the Arisaema ringens flower truly is a quite fantastic creation!
But, I really bought it because of its leaves. Can you believe these things? They still have not reached their full size. Mind you, it is still in its nursery pot. Hope to make a suitable home for it this weekend.
Through the Windmill Palm, you can see the great big leaves of the Podophyllum pleianthum – albeit a bit out of focus.
Kind of leggy, but the fragrance of the Choysia flowers is always welcome.
I just discovered that the little orange stamens (?) of the Choysia flowers look like hearts when you look really close. Pretty cool, huh?
Love the color of the Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’.
My Melianthus major is sporting a flower bud!!!
One of my favorite Clematis – ‘Early Sensation’. Small white flowers with green centers. And, evergreen, ferny foliage to boot!
Here it is, rambling up through the incense bamboo.
The emerging foliage of Agapanthus ‘Mood Indigo’. This one is a dark purple.
Datisca cannabina taking off with a vengeance. Such a cool plant!
Dainty yellow flowers of twiggy Corokia cotoneaster contrasted with the chartreuse flowers of Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’.
The cool, green flowers and dark foliage of Disporum longistylum ‘Fat Boy’.
More green flowers – this time of most ultimate super-fave Stachyrus salicifolia. Coolest shrub ever! Still rather small in my garden, but I have high hopes for this one…
A NOID rescue Hellebore – edged with green. It started out a nice creamy yellow, but what I love most of all is the solid red coloration on the petals.
Pale yellow flower of Gladiolus tristis. Beautiful!
Rubus lineatus. Love this foliage so much that I don’t mind it sometimes sending up suckers. They make for popular give-aways.
Good things to come… Bud of Callistemon viridiflora – green-flowering bottlebrush.
Some kind of Olearia – or Daisy bush in full bloom.
Our native Thalictrum.
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – a relatively recent acquisition from last year’s Hortlandia.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Showy Lanterns’ glistening with water drops.
Finally, the rose that came with the house – Rosa ‘Etoile de Hollande’. At least that is what I think it is – its fragrance is wonderful!
Lack of time made me think it a good idea to make a mixed post of both the flowers and leaves of April, for everyone’s favorite monthly memes. Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day, and also to Pam of Digging for Foliage Follow-up. Check them out to see what is going on in other gardens around the globe. You will not be disappointed!