Callas, Clivias, Cabbage Roses… and Oops, Renegade Mint Too

Spring has certainly made its presence known in our backyard.  I love this time of year.  Our yard has literally sprung to life.  We wake each morning to a cacophony of singing birds, scurrying lizards, and buds breaking out onto still bare branches.

When I walk down our slope, below our deck, I am delighted to see the stunning orange trumpet flowers on the clivia plants that were a long ago gift (and transplant) from my mom (Betty’s) yard.  These, along with the giant white cala lilies she sent home with me some 20 years ago as dirty bulbs loosely wrapped in newspaper, bring a smile to me each year they spring back to life.  Mom loved her garden and shared her plants with whoever asked.  There are many clivia and cala lily plants around our area that came from her yard.

Clivias in bloom…from the lily family…these beauties are transplants from Mom's (Betty's) garden about 20 years ago.  They love it under our deck…lots of shade with a bit of sunlight

Clivias in bloom…from the lily family…these beauties are transplants from Mom’s (Betty’s) garden about 20 years ago. They love it under our deck…lots of shade with a bit of sunlight

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cli·vi·a
ˈklīvēə,ˈklivēə
  1. a southern African plant of the lily family, with dark green, straplike leaves and trumpet-shaped orange, red, or yellow flowers.
    The calla lilies are so gracious.
    Cala Lily…such grace

 

 

Pictured below, this stunning cabbage rose plant…a centerpiece in the English garden part of my yard was a lovely gift from my sister – when her husband was redoing their yard, this rose didn’t fit into his scheme…lucky me 🙂

Lots of buds ready to burst on this huge cabbage rose plant

Lots of buds ready to burst on this huge cabbage rose plant

Cabbage rose…a gift from my sister's yard…it loves its new home.

Cabbage rose…a gift from my sister’s yard…it loves its new home.

Then there is my renegade mint…you may know that it is a weed…and that you should plant it in a pot (keep it contained).  Well, I did all that; however, my pot sits on the ground (on soil) in my herb garden, and eventually, it escaped via watering through the drain hole and voila…mint everywhere in our yard below our herb garden…oh well, guess I will be “weeding” mint for awhile…at least it is pretty and smells good 🙂

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Renegade mint gone wild into the yard (downslope)…I really did start it out in a pot…but it escaped through the pot's drain hole and is inserting itself EVERYWHERE in the garden below - it's weeding time I guess

Renegade mint gone wild into the yard (downslope)…I really did start it out in a pot…but it escaped through the pot’s drain hole and is inserting itself EVERYWHERE in the garden below – it’s weeding time I guess

Soon, it will be warm enough for me to enjoy a book and cup of tea while sitting on this small swing, under our wisteria plant,  listening to the birds and watching our mission fig tree pop out hundreds of jewels. A great spot for tea.

Time to get the cushion on my swing, under our climbing wisteria (also a bit "gone wild"…but gorgeous)

Time to get the cushion on my swing which sits under our climbing wisteria (also a bit “gone wild”…but gorgeous)

4 Comments

  1. Lin~
    Your pictures are only surpassed by your incredible commentary! I can picture myself, sitting on your patio, taking it all in! Youre a gift…..

    • Hi Simone…hope you are in town soon so we can do just that…hang out on the deck with a little tea martini maybe?

  2. Bliss! I feel as if I’m on holiday. The sky is grey and the ground is damp outside my window, but inside through my computer screen I’m in sunny California. Thank you. 🙂

    • Ha…you made me smile. I do realize we are truly fortunate to have the glorious climate here in sunny Southern California. I thank my parents for moving here from the cold midwest and eastern climates of the U.S. some 65 years ago — they always appreciated this fine, mild climate too. Happy to give you sunshine any way we can. 🙂