Blooming Holler ~

The Holler spring bloom is on, and I am home to photograph it for a change, so I am going to post a series on Holler spring flowers, starting with these beauties. The Cup of Gold flowering vine grows prolifically, and the blooms are humongous, about eight inches in diameter.

Hong Kong Orchid Trees have stunning blossoms that blanket the trees in spring.

Matilija Poppies are one of my favorite flowers and are Southern California natives, with huge fried-egg blossoms, about eight inches in diameter.

Reliable African Iris propagate beautifully at The Holler.

Wild Stinging Lupine cover bare areas, are beautiful to look at, but not nice to touch.

The Californian Fuchsia is native to Southern California but I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was in the fuchsia family but was stumped with identification. So my talented blogging friend Eliza Waters, who has a degree in horticulture and is a Master Gardener, helped me out. If you don’t know Eliza, and you like things that bloom and grow, you may want to check out her blog:

Bougainvillea are touch and go at The Holler due to frost. This one is definitely a go!

Cheers to you from the Blooming Holler~

219 thoughts on “Blooming Holler ~

  1. Looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Here, we’ll have to wait some for flowers to appear – and then they will not be that gorgeous.
    Have a great weekend,

  2. all those bees going flower to flower,acting like gentlemen, the coming back for more, the life of a bee told in your garden of pictures, thanks for the thought, amen….wild of course, the bees fav…

    1. Thank you for the link Eliza. I look forward to checking out her blog and learning who she is. But it is you who reached out to her and made it all happen! You are a connecting wo-man!!! 😉 😉 Love to you my friend and thank you დ

  3. Timothy Price

    That’s blummin’ beautiful. Our plum tree is about to bloom. It was 20ºF this morning. It will bloom and get frozen as usual.

  4. Cindy, they are lovely. Things are blooming along the Mediterranean as well. Secretly, it is those first leaves on the vines that I search for… xx

  5. To say you’re a budding photographer would be an understatement. You’re a flowerishing photographer, my friend. Breathtaking shots as always ❣⃛(❛ั◡˜๑)

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  7. I greatly enjoy your wonderful photography and news of the ever evolving and magical Holler. Nature is an incredible example and teacher about living life to the fullest! It’s not complaining about what it’s lost or waiting for “some day,” it just gets in there, blooms, and sings it’s heart out! Thank you Cindy for the gorgeous photography and wonderful reminder from nature about living life as a celebration and gift, even the challenges, in your own little patch on the planet 😁❤️☮️

    1. Awwww, reading thoughtful words like yours Liza are the reason why I so love blogging. It is so affirming to hear someone express beliefs and thoughts, that you share so completely, and you expressed your thoughts so eloquently. Thank you Liza. You touched my heart, and yes, absolutely, nature is everywhere, showing us how to live fully and happily. Take good care my friend and sincere thank yous დ

    1. You are most welcome. I have seen the Californian Fuchsia growing wild many times, suspected it was in the fuchsia family, but could not identify it, which was atypical. I am happy to know what it is. It is a special plant to encounter on hikes დ

    1. Thank you Brad. I often wondered why I planted so many spring flowers when I am never home in the spring, so yes, it is nice to be home to see the whole process unfold, and I am planting more! Take good care my friend დ

    1. Thank you Leslie. I am working on the post about your paintings. I am trying to photograph them but running into difficulties with lighting. It is giving me something to work on! I hope you know how sincerely I love these paintings, and you for creating them for us. Take good care my friend დდ

    1. Thanks much Ingrid. I was just over admiring your photos of Maricopa County and we are starting to think of traveling again and brainstorming ideas. Stay safe & well დ

      1. There are some beautiful resorts in Scottsdale to consider. Let me know if I can offer any recommendations. Lots to see and do throughout the valley including photographing wild horses along the Salt River.

  8. the Holler looks amazing all decked out in florals, Cindy! We have lupines and sunflowers that grow like weeds on our property! Another month at least until we see those. Hopefully the grading didn’t destroy everything!

  9. They are all beautiful flowers. In view of the big huge snow storm we are getting in the Midwest I think your images and flowers are a welcomed blessing and sight to see right now instead of snow and rain, but we realy need the moisture here. 🙂 so can’t really complain.

  10. Splendid capture of spring flowers. March 12, 2021 was National Plant a Flower Day! Coming to the Holler was the best way to celebrate flowers all year round. Sending many hugs your way, Cindy. Thank you for bringing joy and beauty to my day.

  11. Es ist wieder kalt geworden, aber Osterglocken, Lärchensporn, Veilchen und Primeln blühen schon farbenfroh im Vorfrühling. Ich kann aber den Frühling kaum erwarten. Ich grüsse dich herzlich…

    1. Ja, wir haben vor ein paar Tagen Schnee auf den Bergen und heute wieder. Es hindert die Blumen nicht daran zu blühen! Prost auf dich, mein Freund, und bleib sicher und gesund. დ

  12. Spring has sprung! No doubt about it Cindy. Your flowers are far ahead of ours, however. I think that the most we can boast are shooting stars right now, and even they are reluctant to peak out. (We had fresh snow this morning.) So, for now, I will enjoy yours. –Curt

      1. I read that the Sierras got a bunch, Cindy. Our early shooting stars were pretty tolerant. Peggy and I went for a walk yesterday after the snow had melted and they were peeking their cheerful heads out. 🙂

    1. They are probably my favorite flower. I have collected seeds. You have to smoke them with burning pine needles to get them to germinate. Very difficult. It speaks to how Southern California has always lived and been reborn with fire. There are many other plants here that require fire to grow.

  13. Gorgeous flowers! I’ve never heard of the Cup of Gold, but I love its color and so appropriate name! Those irises are also beautifully marked, leading insects right inside! So many flowers do that–God’s creativity and wisdom are so amazing!

    1. I am truly grateful to be part of such an creative and talented community that has a leader like you in it Charles. Thank you so much. You are very appreciated by so many, and by me, for such good reason დ

      1. Awwwh. Thank you but I mean it sincerely! You bring such beauty into this current chaos going on and wow, what a smile I get from the beauty! So grateful to be able to see it! 🙂 have a great day!

  14. All your photos are stunning but the African iris is amazing to me. We can’t get any iris to grow here. Naturally the more they won’t grow, the more I want one. 🙄

  15. Wonderful, certainly a great range but I feel the same about bougainvillea and other Mediterranean plants. I grow them at peril as we are high up and can have frost. It’s been quite a damaging winter, even some snow!

  16. The Holler is bursting with color, Cindy! Thanks for sharing it with us, and I’m looking forward to enjoying more of its beauty as you take aim with your camera!

  17. Pretty sights for winter-weary eyes, Cindy! Thanks for sharing these pictures. Our spring is just beginning now, but winter will give us one last blast before we can settle into the new season comfortably.

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