Monday, January 9, 2012
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.