Monday, January 9, 2012

Jade Blooms

The other day the blooms in a neighbor's yard caught my eye. It seemed way too early for many shrubs that have annual flowering periods and a bit early for natives that bloom in winter. When I got closer I realized that the display was that of the common (at least in our area) jade plant. A succulent shrub that is at best taken for granted and at worse shunned by Southern California gardeners as too pedestrian. I inherited a number of them in my SJC garden and I must admit I am guilty of totally ignoring them for the most part, but when I spotted this display in the back corner of the Moonlight Garden I must confess that I felt a bit of guilt for not giving credit to this simple and extremely drought tolerant plant. Luckily, they do not seem the least bit jaded (sorry) and just carry on with or without my appreciation.

6 comments:

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Sheila, I have a jade houseplant, as of course they are not perennial in the Northeast. It never blooms though. Yours is gorgeous. P. x

nittygrittydirtman said...

Beautiful plant, It deserves a place at the garden table.

FlowerLady said...

Oh my gosh, I did not know that jade plants bloom. How wonderful for you to be able to enjoy your neighbor's display.

FlowerLady

Becc said...

down under our jade plants are ferocious bloomers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sheila, your gardens are beautiful. I actually have a couple of jade plants, not as big as yours yet, but they are in bloom and really pretty. Kim

RobinL said...

Jade plants are only houseplants here in central Ohio, and I've only seen them bloom at the conservatory. Lovely! Sheila, be sure to come visit my blog at it's new address, as my old one was deleted due to someone else's fraud. Grrrrrr!
http://lifeinrobinsnest.blogspot.com/