Thursday, January 14, 2010

GBBD January 2010

One thing about January in Davis...there is always at least something to post about on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day ! The plants may look a bit worse for the wear and there may only be a bloom or two, but blooms there are. My Sasanqua camellia decided to more or less bloom one flower at a time over a period of weeks this year. Here is today's offering.
Cyclamen purchased before the holiday continue to bloom in their 4" pots tucked into the front porch pots. When they are finished they will be added to others planted in the ground in the front yard. They will bloom again in future years but never again in time for the holidays.
A few of the snapdragons planted last fall are blooming near the front path.
An ivy geranium blooms down under the Bearss lime in the back yard. It receives warmth from some piazza lights used to protect the lime when temperatures dip below freezing, as they did in early December.
A tiny bit of bloom is beginning on the Iberis. Hopefully more is not far behind.
Allysum is blooming although it's not what you'd call robust right now.
Love that Lavander pinnata buchii! Takes a beating/freezing and keeps on blooming! You can see lots of the dead parts in the background. I have to look at that for 2 more months before I'll feel safe cutting it back. Right now that's part of the protection plan.

Elsewhere there were a few bedraggled wax begonias, two bruised blooms on Rosa Flower Girl and some scraggly Dwarf Carnation Evermore...none of which rated photos.

I'm so thankful to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for creating Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and inspiring us all to scour our gardens for blooms. Otherwise I might...would almost certainly... have missed the first Iris reticulata! I'm sure few blooms have been met with so much excitement. I can't wait to see how long it takes for the rest of them to appear! While we're waiting you can check out blooms around the world by visiting May Dreams Gardens!

14 comments:

anna/Flowergardengirl™ said...

You have quite a bit blooming and a very pretty camelia. Looks like Spring to me instead of winter.

jo said...

Snapdragons? Now?
Nice change to see a no-snow garden. I agree wiht Anna: not what I think of as February.

Layanee said...

Blooms and sun? Nice to see all that green also.

Gail said...

Leslie, The iris is delightful as are all the beauties in your garden. Have a great day~~gail word verification is seedup!

Gail said...

ps I love your header shot!

Kathy said...

I'm with Jo: I'm still wrapping my mind around the idea that you call this "winter." But last time I checked, this was January. Right? Right?

Ellie said...

Love your flowers - so colorful! It lifts my spirit on this grey and cold winter day. Happy blooms day!

Nell Jean said...

You are fortunate to have blossoms of any kind.

My alyssum looks as if it has been freeze-dried. I couldn't be sure it was still blooming. This has been a brutal winter, just beginning. All our C. sasanqua blossoms are gone for the season. The C. japonicas are holding their buds tight against the cold, waiting for more sunshine and a warm breeze.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Oooh, Iris reticulata! I love them. What a wonderful surprise. Your front porch containers are great, the Cyclamen are so cute.

Kate said...

Hi;
First time visitor and I about fell over when I saw that breathtaking header of wisteria on your blog. Very lovely. And, I see you're growing another fave of mine ~ Camellias. What fun! Love your garden!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Just beautiful. I love blooms and can't wait for mine to start. Happy Bloom Day my friend.~~Dee

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Such pretty flowers... nice to see your iris and iberis, so I can dream about when we will start to see those bloom around here, too. :)

My favorite photo is the entryway with those gorgeous cyclamen, though!

Annie in Austin said...

Sometimes we have plants in common for GBBD, Leslie - but it's obvious who lives in California this time! You have a pretty array of blooms and finding a shy Iris reticulata would make me happy, too.
Happy Blooming day,


Annie at the Transplantable Rose

EAL said...

Lucky you with all that cyclamen growing outside.