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Monday, March 10, 2008

Pink Spring Flowers - more from UC Botanical Garden

California redbud, Cercus occidentalis. This shrubby tree has gorgeous red buds that look ready to burst into bloom. Here's a picture of one blooming. Great color. I'm thinking this would be a nice addition to the yard.

This beauty is a malva rose or Lavatera assurgentiflora. It is in the mallow family.

These hanging clusters of flowers are pink flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum glutinosum. The link here is to the Yerba Buena Nursery, which is off Skyline Blvd. just south of where Woodside Road crosses it. It's a very cool place to visit and a great place to see and purchase California native plants. The road driving in is narrow and it drops off very steeply, so drive carefully. They're having a tea party there on March 15.

Lastly, here is prickly-phlox or Leptodactylon californicum. It does look like the leaves are prickly.
No pink flowers here, but I thought this was sort of interesting. It's mistletoe (as in kissing under the...) growing out of the trunk of a cedar. It is a parasitic plant.


Deb said...

I have 2 of the redbud trees in my backyard, Dorothy, and I love them. I hang my nyjer thistle birdfeeder on one of the branches and the goldfinches use the trees as their hangout. The flowers are just starting to bloom. Very striking with the yellow birds perched against the bright pink flowers.


Dorothy Reinhardt said...

That sounds gorgeous, Deb.