In the Garden: Bulbs!

So, while half the country was gripped in a polar vortex, California was officially declared a drought state. It wasn’t an unexpected announcement for those of us who had already been worrying about water, but now that it’s printed up all fancy-like, people qualify for assistance and various benefits, which is good. What would be better, of course, would be an end to the drought, but that doesn’t look likely.

The last few months have been extremely dry. I haven’t actually watered the garden since September, when it became obvious that we might be waiting a long time for rain. That means that chunks of the garden have died or are looking extremely unhealthy, especially when paired with the vicious frosts we’ve been having. This is the cold reality of living in a state where sometimes there is no water: as I write, a pump company is actually here installing the last of the hardware for a new storage tank we just bought so we can buy water, because we’re worried about the state of our well.

But, even in the midst of this, there are some bright spots in the garden. Some of my plants (especially the native species), are doing okay, and I took the liberty of planting some hardy specimens in January as well, like this amazing sunset-coloured primrose:

A primrose blooming in a pot, with a succulent visible behind it.

I love primroses because they’re so colourful, and they smell delightful, and, better yet, they’re a fantastic way to add an instant hit of colour to the garden. Better yet, if you keep pinching them back, they will merrily keep blooming.

My lovely parrot’s beak, which had endured well, finally gave up the ghost in the frost, so I replaced it with this:

A lovely red-pink daisy relative in a pot.


It’s a departure from the strongly orange theme in many corners of my garden, but it’s quite adorable, so I’m willing to roll with it.

An Australian native plant with silvery foliage and tiny red flowers.Remember this guy? I planted it way back in the day, and it’s doing quite well. While the deer have stomped on it a bit, that hasn’t really stopped it from sprawling out. Unlike the boronia, which the deer are basically shredding, it’s just too unappealing to them, apparently. Since it’s February, it’s just started to put out these delicate little red flowers.

And hey, speaking of memory lane, cast your mind back on this:

A bushel of narcissus bulbs.Here’s what it’s turning into:

A section of my yard, with narcissus coming up. In another few weeks, these are going to be blooming all over the yard, and I can hardly wait. I can almostĀ seeĀ them growing from day to day, actually. It’s rather terrifying/remarkable.