Apricot blooming in azure skies
Sweet peas: so called "fragrant mix", I think I'll stick with 'Cupani' next year
Our non-winter winter has sprung and early. Perhaps you keen gardeners here in So Cal have seen this too. Things are early. One plant that seems so regular to me was pink jasmine, Jasminum polyanthum. I started to see this guy blooming a month ago, when normally it begins to grace us with its banana-bubble gum fragrance in the later half of February.
Anyway, I'm totally enjoying the warm weather all the same, even if it has plants out of what I think is their normal cycle. Today I was enjoying the early blooms of my apricot trees and sweet peas. Actually the sweet peas are pretty much on time, since I started them early autumn and put them in my sunniest winter spot to get early bloooms. I was disappointed with this "fragrant mix" that was so not fragrant. Next year I go back to 'Cupani' the original sweet pea from Italy. 'Cupani' may have short legs (stems are so short sometimes hard to put in a vase) but damn what a awesome smell!
One other thing I will mention, I'm a bit worried about the apricot, as I see no bees around. No bees, no apricots! Maybe they are making their visits surreptitiously. All I can do is hope.