The Madiera geranium are ridiculously early this year.
The Iris are on time.
I've noticed that over the years, the Cerinthe bracts are less blue and more purple. I bought one packet of seeds ten years ago, and the garden has had a wealth of reseeded volunteers ever since. But less and less blue.
The Galvezia, an April '11 purchase, is blooming.
So is 'The Prince'.
'Brass Band' is bigger than ever.
The next photo is my leaving-home view, what I see pulling out of the driveway. Some very good roses of ours, and the neighbor's Abelias, sheared into globes. The Abelia's natural shape is that of a fountain, spraying outward from a central point, and the flowers are hummingbird favorites. The neighbor's Abelias do not bloom, being sheared. The eclair-shaped Bougainvillea I can do without, but unnatural they may be, I love the silvery sheen on the Abelia globe-tops when struck by early morning light. I have hummingbird flowers everywhere, to make up for the neighbor's sheared Abelias.
He'll sit there for an hour, holding that ball. He likes that ball. Look at his adorably fat pink toes.
And that is the miscellany for Friday.