Friday, September 17, 2010

Sagebrush in bloom, Ice cream!

The sagebrush has been a little strange lately, 1/2 blooming, stopping, not really in a full run towards flowering.. But this one, just outside of my studio is giving me a great show every day.

It's full of blooms yet to open, so it should be much fuller soon.  This particular bush is light violet.  When the hillside we over look from the patio is covered with sage in bloom, it's awesome.  It's such a treat to see whole pastures brilliantly colored like this! 

The flowers range from a very light violet to a vivid deep violet.  Here and there you'll see a white bush, but really, it's not a pretty show like the violets.

You'll hear it called both "Cenizo" and "Ceniza."  More common names in this area are Sage, Sagebrush and Purple Sage.  The light silvery gray leaves always stand out when backed by the greens of the pastures.

Deer browse the sage if their normal food supply is sparse.  Butterflies are loving the blooms, you can find 3 or 4 different types right now, all happily enjoying!

They wanted ice cream.    Kittie likes vanilla. 

4 comments:

Franz said...

La Salvia รจ bellissima,i colori della tua fotografia stupendi,sei molto brava,posso imparare molto osservando i tuoi scatti.

ciao

Karen Faulkner said...

Gorgeous! This is interesting to me to see as an Autumn-flowering plant as it reminds me of things that bloom here on the East Coast in Spring.

Clare said...

The Sage is amazing. To see a hill covered in purples would be incredible. So nice of your helpers to share!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Thank you Franz!! I appreciate your comment, and so glad you stopped by!

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Hey Karen, thank you!! Do you get your painting inspiration from your garden plants?

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Clare, It would be awesome for you to see it! My helpers are great!