Sunday, May 24, 2020

Rosy Shelter in Place May

Santa Cruz Mountains


Speckled pink roses

Roses and May are always good companions in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Every May, no matter the weather, in sun or shade, it’s peak time for rose blossoms.

Bright pink rugosa rose

This wild rugosa rose sitting in a pot since last winter awaiting relocation to its permanent home in the garden. Yet it can’t help blooming in the meantime.

blue nigella in pot

Just as native to mid-Spring in the mountains are Nigella, or Love-in-a-Mist. Year after year they reseed, both in the garden and in stray abandoned pots.

Coral and Yellow Peruvian lily

2020 is an excellent year for Alstroemeria, or Peruvian Lilies. Three colors came up in my yard this year, one of which I’ve never seen in the 11 years that I’ve been here.

Coronaria, or Rose Campion

Every year this bright volunteer reseeds and requires no watering. I just learned its name: Coronaria. How ironic in the time of Coronavirus. Rose Campion, its other name, might be better.

We have over 40 roses on our property, most of which we didn’t plant. This coral rose is one of my favorites. Its blooming season is long, but its blossoms few.

We have dozens of pink roses, all planted by a former owner. This one’s special because its flowers change color as they mature, adding multiple hues to our May.

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