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  • February 12th, 2009 | 5:24 PM
Thankful Thursday, the garden edition


This week I am thankful for watching my garden come to life.



Seedings are coming up all over the yard, in spite of the birds and in spite of the dog having free range to roam. I'll have to do a lot of thinning out after all.


The Yarrow is spreading nicely.


Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift) is blooming and thriving.


This delicate little native wildflower has been blooming for months! Streptanthus albidus var. peramoena “Most Beautiful Jewel Flower”  is an endangered Santa Clara county wildflower.



More Streptanthus


First bloom on Fragaria vesca, California native strawberry. I wonder if the birds will leave us any? These are doing so well that I am going to add a lot more.


Ribes speciosum (Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry) I can't wait for this to get bigger!


Even though the flowers are almost touching the ground, the hummers have already found them.


Creeping mahonia


Manzanita Louis Edmonds. I can't catch the delicate pink blossoms but it is covered in them.


Annual Lupines have been blooming for a long time.


Chinese Houses, also a long time bloomer.


Mahonia Golden abundance. I love this so much I might have to get another one.



This little plant might not look like much yet, Ribes malvaceum ... Chaparral currant. But the hummingbirds are making regular visits.

And this guy showed up today. A Cooper's Hawk.

Much to be thankful for.
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beverlyjean
February 13th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous. They make me think spring. I love flowers.
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Thank. I'm really excited seeing the garden come to life.
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susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm glad to know you're enjoying the posts.
lizjonesbooks
February 13th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Wonderful to see all that hard work paying off!
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
thank you!
kimberleylittle
February 13th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, Susan!!! Thanks for making me more Spring Hungry. ;-D
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Happy to oblige!
mirtlemist
February 13th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
The flowers are so lovely! I want spring to hurry, because I'm really hoping to have an herb garden this year after a couple of years off.

The picture of the hawk didn't load for me :( so I can't weigh in on that, but I have no doubt you're right.
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! I can't wait for the birds to come in.
amygreenfield
February 13th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this! Here in snow-bound New England it'll be a while before my own garden comes to life, so I'm starved for such sights.
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
I'm happy to share my garden with you until spring arrives.
d_michiko_f
February 13th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous garden! So peaceful!
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
Thanks!
dianemdavis
February 14th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
it's Feb. and I'm still under a foot of ice....
I can't believe your world is growing
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Oh it is, it is! I wish I could see all the growing that is going on underground as well.
ritajr
February 15th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, here in South Jersey, we are still getting snow. Okay.. so it was just flurries, but it's still quite cold.

Your beautiful photos made me anxious for spring! It can't come soon enough for me.
susanwrites
February 17th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Happy to share with you. I can't imagine having my garden buried under snow. :)
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