There are certainly more impressive flowers at work. I suppose I should have gotten pictures of them. Instead, I just took these six pictures within minimal proximity to a where I happened to be working on Wednesday. I thought they would be more interesting than they are. I wanted to get a picture of the laurustinus #4 because others have been posting pictures of the same as if it is something important. Flowering quince #6 is my favorite here, and the only one that was not planted into the landscape. It grew from the roots of an old specimen that was in front of an old home that was demolished to redevelop the site. Because of it’s resiliency, we want to pull up some of the layered stems (that rooted where they lay on the soil) to plant in elsewhere.

1. Garrya elliptica – silktassel bloomed with very pendulous light beige blooms quite some time ago. These lasted longer than others in partial shade, but are now turning tan and getting dry. Silktassel is native here.P90202

2. Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ – trailing rosemary seems to bloom continually. I do not remember it without bloom here. Bees, which are active in all but the coolest of weather, like how it always here for them.P90202+

3. Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’ – Howard McMinn manzanita is a garden variety or cultivar of a species that is native not far north of here. I sort of think these waxy white flowers are too tiny to impress.P90202++

4. Vibrunum tinus ‘Spring Bouquet’ – laurustinus is actually blooming later here than where winters are colder. It naturalizes here. I suppose that those that grow from seed would not be of the same cultivar as the originals.P90202+++

5. Prunus cerasifera – flowering plum is rather sparse here because of the partial shade of larger trees. I do not know what cultivar this one is. I am not even sure if it is Prunus cerasifera. It does not look familiar to me.P90202++++

6. Chaenomeles speciosa – flowering quince is another one that I can not identify, although it seems to be the most common sort that I see about town.. I guessed the species, but will not even bother to guess a cultivar.P90202+++++

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24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Right Here – Right Now

    1. Well, we normally do get spring earlier than most, but others have been showing off Viburnum tinus in bloom, which is ahead of the schedule here. Some of the bulbs are likewise blooming earlier in other regions.

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  1. I like the Rosemary and wish it was hardy enough for us….I try to overwinter the regular Rosemary and most years it just gets whitefly infestation. And the quince – how great you could salvage a piece of it!

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    1. Okies have impeccable taste. Most people who migrate to California crave palm, citrus, avocado, bougainvillea and boring evergreen species with big leaves. Okies here still appreciate flowering quince, forsythia (for those who do not dislike it as ‘common’), redbud, and of course, LILAC!

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      1. Even though I did no gardening while there, I visited K & K several times while in Norman, just to enjoy the common plants that would be esoteric here. I believe that K & K is now Marcum’s. Goodness, I brought back so many seeds, and a few seedlings of native plants.


    1. Gary elliptica seems to be more popular outside of the native range, which is odd. It is quite happy in the wild here, but is not so tolerant of regularly watered garden situations, or climates that get occasional rain throughout the year.

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    1. It is fruitless, like a purple leaf plum, but with green foliage. We have several flowering cherries about, and would like more. I am getting to like the flowering plum because it needs less maintenance. However, the green ones are not available here. Purple leaf plum is too common, and the foliage it too dark for our forested location.

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  2. We had a Garrya in our last garden and it did very well with no attention and not much rain. I love flowering quince too and it’s so early to flower. A harbinger of spring.

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    1. I was sort of pleased that one of the ‘factory growers’ of nursery stock tried to reintroduce modern cultivars of flowering quince; but the flowers were so big and garish that they were just . . . . weird. The old classics are still the best.

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  3. So many blooms, Tony, and dare I say, an artistic post, with the angle you shot that prunus! 😉 Yes, I just read your more recent post, and I think all creative work is artistic, so you are most definitely an artist at writing and more. Your photo of the quince has me wanting to go outside with a flashlight and check on my two Toyo Nishikis. I think they’re way behind yours, though.

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    1. Thank you, but I do not feel artistic. I just took pictures of what was there. The only reason the flowering plum looks like it does it that I could not get very close to well bloomed stems. I just took what I could get. Most of our flowers should be a bit earlier than yours, just because of our climate. However, the lauristinus is later that those in other regions.

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    1. Thank you. The manzanitas are popular among those who are not familiar with them. To me, they are sort of nondescript. I certainly do not dislike them. They just do not impress. The profuse flowers are very tiny, and do not even get my attention. I actually prefer the shiny chestnut brown bark of very old plants that get pruned up into small trees. A few grew wild at the top of my property. I never did any gardening up there, so never pruned them up. Sadly, a next door neighbor cut most of them down.

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    1. Yes it is. The shrubby forms make nice small hedges, and grow as if they are native. The trailing sorts cascade nicely over retaining walls, and are commonly grown as ground cover. Deer do not eat it.


    1. Dang! I just had to cut some down because it was getting up into the lower street lamps. It is finishing bloom, but I hate to keep it low anyway. I think it looks better up high.


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