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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-10-17)—Spring is springing and the bees are going crazy

Friday Flower Fiesta

Spring usually begins around January 1 here in San Diego. It got delayed a couple of months this year due to the extraordinarily wet winter we have had.

My back balcony got 12″ of rain just in February; San Diego gets around 10.3″ each year, so it’s been pretty wet.

All the rain means the spring flower season, while late, should be spectacular, from ice plant along the coast and freeways to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park to the desert wildflowers 100 miles inland in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

I have not been to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see the wildflower bloom but all indications are that this year is turning out to be a “Super Bloom.” I’ll have to take off a day and go out there, even if I have to go all by my lonesome self.

Meanwhile, what’s going on locally:

Ice PlantIce plant path picture by Russel Ray Photos

Orange, yellow, and purple ice plant

Ice plant

Cherry Blossoms at Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa ParkCherry tree at Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park

Cherry blossoms

Garland chrysanthemum known locally as “crown daisy.”
This stuff will make you sneeze like you’ve never sneezed before.
Yellow wildflowers in San Diego

Yellow wildflowers in San Diego

Speaking of yellow, Oxalis is covering the hillsides
and the bees are going crazyFriday Flower Fiesta #9

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-19-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.

yellow lily faa stamp

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yellow flower faa stamp

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wild iris faa stamp

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wild iris stamp

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iris stamp

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wild iris stamp

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daisies faa stamp

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white and purple ice plant faa stamp

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IMG_1391 water lily faa stamp

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unknown flower stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta — #10 (March 30, 2012)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Throughout San Diego’s neighborhoods and along the many streets and freeways is a spectacular burst of color, particularly with the bougainvillea and ice plant. They are at their peak right now and typically last through about mid-May. Here’s a sampling from my exploits today where I was up in San Marcos at 8:00 a.m. and over in Spring Valley at 1:00 p.m., a distance of about 60 miles.

Seven bougainvilleas, one yellow daisy, and five ice plants:

Bougainvillea

 

Bougainvillea

 

Bougainvillea

 

Bougainvillea

 

Bougainvillea

 

Bougainvillea

 

Bougainvillea

 

Orange ice plant

 

Purple ice plant

 

Yellow ice plant

 

Ice plant

 

Ice plant

 

Ice plant

 

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Friday Flower Fiesta — #6 (March 2, 2012)

Kathy Schowe, real estate agent with Intero Real Estate in La Quinta, CaliforniaToday’s Friday Flower Fiesta is dedicated to Kathy Schowe, a real estate agent with Intero Real Estate in La Quinta, about 90 miles northeast of me. I have known Kathy for a couple of years through a real estate professional networking site. I highly recommend her for anyone needing real estate services in the desert cities of La Quinta, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs. Kathy is an expert on living the desert life.

All pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I had forgotten that Fridays are for my Friday Flower Fiesta and that if I miss a Friday my regular Friday Flower Fiesta readers get upset.

Since I had already done two posts today (Snow pictures from San Diego, California and The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego) before realizing that it was Friday, I was rushing about wondering what flowers to put in my Friday Flower Fiesta today.

I went to Ralphs a couple of blocks away to get some milk and that’s when I realized that today should be an orange day. Just in those two blocks but two different streets, I found all of these orange flowers:

Roses bloom year-round in San Diego, but orange roses are pretty rare. Most people prefer red.

Orange rose

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March and April are when the clivias are blooming. I found a couple of yellow clivias, too, a much rarer clivia color, but it’s not a yellow day. It’s an orange day.

Orange clivia

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The aloes are coming to the end of their spring blooming but you can still find some around, the laggards. Two different aloes:

Orange aloe

Orange aloe

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February through mid-April is also the spring blooming season for ice plant. If you’re ever in San Diego this time of year, the freeways are covered in purple and pink ice plant. Orange is a much rarer ice plant color.

Orange ice plant

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This is also blooming season for the kangaroo paw, so named because its racemes look like kangaroo paws.

Kangaroo paw

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I believe the following is an African daisy, which also tend to bloom year-round in our climate.

Gerbera daisy

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Last is one of my favorite flowers, a protea. My wise old grandmother in Kingsville, Texas, used to have a protea bush, but only because I bought it for my little cactus garden before she claimed it as her own. 🙂

Protea

All pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

All pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D camera and a 55-250 Canon lens. Picture framing was done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

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Friday Flower Fiesta — #5: February 24, 2012

Friday Flower Fiesta

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta post is dedicated to Sally and David Hanson.

Sally and David are real estate agents with Keller Williams in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I have known Sally and David as virtual friends for several years and had the privilege of actually meeting them over in Palm Springs in 2010. If you need a real estate agent in the southeast Wisconsin area, I can highly recommend Sally and David — two great agents for the price of one!

Sally and David, this Friday Flower Fiesta is for you!

The pictures in today’s Friday Flower Fiesta were taken this past week at the properties where I was doing home inspections.

Picture 1 & 2
Purple irisPurple iris

Purple iris

 

Picture 3
Purple ice plantPurple ice plant

 

Picture 4
Blue agaveBlue agave

 

Picture 5 & 6
TulipsTulips

Tulip

 

Picture 7 & 8
CliviaClivia

Clivia

 

Picture 9
Unknown bromeliad Unknown bromeliad

 

Remember the power of flowers to brighten your day!

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