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By Lucette Moramarco
Lucette Moramarco 

A rainbow of colors blooms in Fallbrook


Last updated 5/20/2020 at 4:44pm

Camellias grow best in partial shade.

For those of us who sit at desks all day, whether at the office or at home, going for a walk is a good way to destress and get some exercise. I have been trying to go walking around my neighborhood more often the last few months and am enjoying seeing all the flowers blooming this spring.

I know the names of quite a few of the flowers but am having to look up some of them in online searches to discover what they are called. My dad could always identify what kind of fruit and vegetables were growing in the fields along roadways all over the state, but he didn't grow flowers. I am not much of a gardener, so I just take photos of flowers and learn their names.

My favorite flower is the California poppy, the orange one. I just recently discovered that there are red California poppies too, and one of my neighbors has them in her yard. Those flowers only grow for a short time, so I am glad my second favorite flower, the bird of paradise, blooms all year long.

Irises can be found in many colors, including blue.

I have a bird of paradise bush that is not doing too well. My dad cut off the original plant from one of his bushes almost 30 years ago and gave it to me planted in a bucket. I have transplanted it at least twice, but it had not flowered in several years until this April. It gets more sun in my front yard than it did in the patio of my previous home, so finally flowered. Several houses in my area have bird of paradise bushes; most of their flowers are the tallest ones I have ever seen.

I also recently noticed that the jacarandas around Fallbrook are blooming now besides lots of other purple flowers. Spring is a good time for red and orange flowers too. Some blooms even have more than one color like the lantana which look like miniature works of art.

My neighborhood is full of all kinds of flowers. When you go out on your walks, take a look at what your neighbors are growing. For those of us without a green thumb, enjoying the sights of other people's plants and flowers can make getting some exercise fun.


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