Thursday, February 15, 2018

Garden Blogger Bloom Day February 2018

While it is far from spring and we need more winter (as in lots more rain) no one told the plants. So the garden is celebrating and one of the biggest shows is the narcissus of various design. 

Narcissus Erlicheer 

Narcissus "Ice Follies"

There are also quite a few hellebores of various shades of pink for the most part. I have one white variety but it just doesn't show up as well as the pinks.

Helleborus Berry Swirl

The loropetalum is in full bloom earlier than normal as well.

loropetalum Razzleberry 
Leucojum, which I grow in place of snowdrops, are everywhere.

leucojum aestivum 

This sweet abutilon, whose name escapes me, has gotten scraggly and will need a bit of pruning but I am waiting until it really is spring. In the meanwhile it has quite a few hummingbird attracting blooms at the ends of long branches.

Sugar Magnolia snap pea has the prettiest blooms and makes me a bit less sad that I think all my sweet peas got eaten. 

The camellias are covered in buds and were it not for Bloom Day I might have missed the fact that some have opened!

Camellia Jordan's Pride

Up on top of the arbor I noticed the evergreen clematis blooms (above) from inside the house. This plant got cut way back in building the new arbor so it is not as floriferous as some years but it still brightens up the side path. Meanwhile, the verbena lilacina 'De La Mina' (below) brightens up the back path.

Fern Leaf lavender  is a workhorse here. I used to baby it but, maybe thanks to climate change, it seems to bloom a huge part of the year and never more vibrantly than in winter.  I have taken cuttings and it is now in several places so I think it is pretty safe here. Although, if we ever get back to a good freeze like the olden days I will definitely cover at least one of them!

Elsewhere more abutilons, narcissus, hellebores, pelargoniums, pansies, and the stray mutant iris (that have bloomed all winter) add to the color party.  For more blooms in other gardens visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens and follow the links there. Thanks to Carol for hosting Bloom Day year after year so that we remember to check our gardens well and not miss those blooms!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Garden Blogger Bloom Day January 2018

Welcome to Bloom Day in my Central California, Zone 9b, garden. While there are not swathes of flowers there is still quite a bit blooming. We had some dips just below freezing in December but for now the frost cloth is wadded up in the garage. I am not going to tempt the weather gods by folding them and putting them back in their box.
On the patio this aloe has attracted the resident hummingbird to within a foot of the back door which is fun to watch.

The sugar snap peas are blooming and there are a couple tiny pods forming...good eating ahead!

Passalong Japanese anemones are starting to bloom on one side of the fountain...

...and hellebores on the other.

Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri' adds color to the back fence.

Salvia 'Big Swing' is a brilliant blue that blooms off and on much of the year. A favorite of pollinators it wants to be too big for this spot so I am pondering a move. Not sure where to though...

Anisodontea 'Strybing Beauty' is covered with blooms and is a bright spot in the back corner.

A variegated abutilon that has reverted for the most part to green is a big hit with that resident hummingbird. It really needs a good pruning but I hate to deprive the hummer. Maybe one section at a time.

This abutilon is growing up through a viburnum that also serves as a support for a white solanum jasminoides. It provides a pop of color visible from the back door on the dreary foggy days we have been having since the holidays.

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' is one of the plants that get covered with frost cloth when our temperatures dip. Right now it is thanking me for doing so by blooming happily.

This silly zinnia, planted in a container, has hung on and, while scraggly, just keeps blooming. Her friends have all given up but she just can't stop.

And then there is this crazy bearded iris who is totally confused. While I have another iris, Eleanor Roosevelt, that does bloom almost all year this one is not supposed to. However, it is such a treat to see in the front garden and the cold has made it hang on beautifully. Hopefully the other buds will also open and be harbingers of spring to come.

Just in case winter was more severe there are the inside bloomers, amaryllis planted by the grandchildren and just beginning to open and Christmas cactus that were brought in from the patio just as their blooms opened.

Pansies, lavenders, and cyclamen are also blooming in the garden and are especially welcome on these dreary foggy winter days.  

For more blooms visit Carol, our Bloom Day host, at May Dreams Gardens.