Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Garden Blogger Bloom Day February 2011





This sweet little unknown daffodil was a gift quite a few years ago and it has multiplied and been spread around a bit. It used to be the first daffodil to bloom but this year...


 Ice Follies has joined in at the same time. These bulbs were forced two years ago indoors in an experiment after which they were planted outdoors. They grew last year but did not bloom. This year they are apparently happier.


 Over in the succulent fountain the iceplant is blooming.


And I have visions of fava bean abundance even though only the first few blooms have appeared. Yummy!


 I am late to the hellebore party but my very first plant, purchased last year, is now blooming. I just wish it was possible to enjoy the blooms standing up.



Lavandula pinnata buchii is still blooming. An almost year round bloomer, I will admit to winter protection in the form of piazza lights and a sheet on below freezing nights. I love the brilliant blue of the blooms and am really liking the way it plays off the phormium growing in a pot that I recently relocated to a nearby spot. In the background Viburnum tinus Spring Bouquet is also blooming.


Summer snowflakes, leucojum aestivum, is a reliable favorite bulb here and is found throughout the garden.


Narcissus Erlicheer blooms along the front path, the first of the spring ephemerals planted there.

Other blooms include sweet allysum, Rosa Flower Girl, iberis, Anisodontea Hibiscus Bits, Rosa Carefree,  Prunus Krauter Vesuvius and one potted nasturtium tucked under a bench that apparently had enough cold protection to keep it happy.

Spring is showing up here and there in the Northern Hemisphere...visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to find your way to the other participants in Bloom Day!

10 comments:

Layanee said...

Nice to see your blooms. I do love the bloom of a fava bean. Very pristine.

Fairegarden said...

That is a sweet little daffodil, the first one. Good deal on the experimental one, too. Ice Follies are a mid-bloomer here, but were recently moved to a sunnier spot and may be joining the early class. Early is always a good thing. Your lavender is so pretty, how lucky to have it all year, even with the extra protection.
Frances

dorothy said...

My hellebores are still hunkered down so it's nice to see your bloom. We haven't planted favas for a couple of years, but they are a favorite of my husband's. And I do have wisteria envy...the one in your photo is just beautiful!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

It will be a month or two before my Leucojum is blooming. It always makes me think of you. In the early spring, when we need it most, we should have winter-blooming plants. Late winter/early spring is a hard time for gardeners. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

plumbing said...

February, month of hearts and flowers. Its a good news. I love it!

plumbing said...

I love the color.
Its very beautiful. I can resist but to look at it.

scottweberpdx said...

Hahaha...that made me laugh...it's one reason I just can't quite seem to get a Hellebore...darn downward-facing blooms!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I know, GBBD is all about the flowers... but I'm seriously drooling over your phormium, Leslie! And I love it planted with the lavender. :-)

Similarly, I adore that pretty blue iceplant flower next to the red sedum. Divine. Happy GBBD!

Leslie said...

Thank you all for stopping by...I love to travel around on GBBD and do the same!

Cindy, MCOK said...

I wish more lavenders would do well for me. I do love the daffies!