Flowers are almost everywhere this time of year. Even some of the lawns are blooming with English daisy. Warm season annuals are starting to bloom nicely while a few cool season annuals that have not yet been replaced are still going. Although those that were established before this spring finished a while ago, a herd of daffodils that got planted very late last winter are just now finishing bloom. New flowers start bloom as old flowers fade.

I got these pictures of some of the more perishable blooms while I could, so some are already outdated. #1 was actually already fading before last Saturday, but I had other pictures to show at the time. #2 lasted only a few days because it is still recovering from getting relocated in the warmth of last spring, after it had already foliated. Of these only #3 and some of 4, 5 and 6 are in good bloom now, but they do happen to be quite spectacular.

Flowering cherry, star magnolia and flowering dogwood are small or mid sized trees that are above the low Pacific Coast iris below; hence ‘Above and Below’. (However, this particular star magnolia is only about four feet tall so far.) I can only identify the cultivar of the ‘Kwanzan’ flowering cherry. The rest are identified only by species.

Incidentally, there is far more above all of this that is not seen in these pictures. Almost all of the ‘biomass’ here is suspended by the grand but remarkably blandly blooming redwoods.

1. Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’ – ‘Kwanzan’ flowering cherryP90427

2. Magnolia stellata – star magnoliaP90427+

3. Cornus florida – flowering dogwoodP90427++

4 + 5 + 6 Iris douglasiana – Pacific Coast irisP90427+++P90427++++P90427+++++

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Above And Below

    1. Thank you. So do I. I never got to work with so many excellent specimens in the Santa Clara Valley. Even though we are just a few miles away, the air is not as dry here in the summer.


  1. These are all lovely, especially the trees. I don’t often see a flowering dogwood since I’ve moved here – maybe never – so really enjoyed seeing an old friend.

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    1. As I just mentioned to someone else, I never worked with so many mature dogwoods in the Santa Clara Valley just a few miles away. They do not do well in chaparral climates, but are quite comfortable in the redwood forests.


  2. I bought an Iris douglasiana many years ago, but only because it had a particularly good self sown Hesperantha growing in the pot with it. I still have the iris, though it doesn’t flower a lot, I think our summers are too cool. Very similar to your middle picture. The Hesperantha is long gone.

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    1. Iris douglasiana happens to do quite well on the foggy coasts here, although even the cool foggy weather might not be as cool as the weather there. There is a bit of dry warmth through summer. When I was a kid, I used to pick San Francisco iris growing wild in the hills above Montara. It is variety of Iris douglasiana with weedy grassy foliage and metallic blue flowers. They do not last once picked of course, but are so distinctive in the wild.


    1. Ha! I like the star magnolia not only because it is white, but also because we were so careful to move it safely at the worst possible time to move it. Is the flowering almond native there?

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  3. I’m going for the irises this week. Lovely dogwood, though. Unfortunately, many dogwoods have been lost in the Southeast over the last decade. I’ve lost four. Four (and a host of very small ones) remain.

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    1. It is good that the iris get some notice too. The dogwood had been the favorite so far.
      I enjoyed growing dogwood on the farm in the 1990s, but would have preferred to grow something that was more appropriate to more of the climates in the region. Much of our material went to the Santa Clara Valley and other chaparral regions where dogwoods do not like the aridity. Fortunately, they do well here, in the same neighborhood as the farm, but still only a few miles from the vastly different climate of the Santa Clara Valley.


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