It has been a cool and wet spring and the flowers in our yard are a little slow in appearing and are not quite so abundant as usual. Just ten minutes back inland from us the temperatures can be 5 to 10 degrees warmer and the coastal gloom replaced with sunshine.
The bouganvillia rarely lets us down and we have two sprawling and thick vines at each end of the yard.
The nasturtiums are courtesy of our neighbor, whose plants crept under the fence and give us a bright splash of yellow/orange.
Here is the bouganvillia at the other end of the yard. The patio and the bird feeding area are between these two.
On the patio we have plants in pots, mostly begonias and impatiens. I really like the begonias that have bronze or copper colored leaves.
There are two potato vines on either side of the patio. Such pretty flowers for such a mundane name.
We bought several pots of a deep red geraniums. Somehow the color red does not reproduce well on my computer -- or maybe it's my camera. The color is really deep, deep blood red. Quite spectacular when clumped together. They have several heads of blooms on each plant.
Even the butterfly bush is finding it hard to burst into its usual bush full of blooms. Just not enough sunshine.
More begonias with their brightly polished copper leaves.
We trimmed back the hibiscus bushes that are located against the fence. A couple of months ago they were full of blooms. They are pretty old bushes and were here and growing well when we moved in 38 years ago. There are two of them and when in bloom the flowers are Chinese pink. The one above is how they should both look right now, however....
...the second bush looks like this. I caught a squirrel having a fine feast on the leaves of this one and look at this! It has been denuded! We have a family of at least four squirrels and evidently they don't just eat the extra bird seed!
In the front of the house, my poor jacaranda tree is having a hard time putting forth a few blooms. By the way, the green stones in the front yard, is our 'lawn' in a desert climate. After the cool summer we had last year and the cool wet spring just past, we are really looking forward to some warm sunshiny days, which they say are coming next week. But then they said that last week!