Monday, February 15, 2016

Garden Blogger Bloom Day February 2016

Plans to leave town for a few days, garden cleanup, and tax paperwork make for a quick, drive-by Bloom Day but since the garden is starting to really wake up I took a walk and gathered some blooms. 

Several hellebores are now blooming...I am a recent convert so only have a few that have more than a couple blooms but I do love them. And they bloom for a long time!

This month is mostly about narcissus. Lots and lots of them. Little ones.

Big ones. In yellows and whites.

They brighten up everything.

The Burgundy Plum is just bursting into bloom...I am hoping the tree will hit some sort of stride this year and produce enough for me AND the birds instead of just the birds.

And the variegated lemon tree has redeemed producing 3 lemons last year so will live to see another crop. Hopefully a little bit bigger.

Razzleberry loropetalum is such a nice jolt of pink in a fairly shady corner and is paired up with

camellia Chandleri Elegans.  Guess they shouldn't have been right next to each other but at least that spot is cheerful.

Leucojum aestivum is our answer to snowdrops (which are not happy here).  These are quite happy here and like to spread their happiness pretty much everywhere.

A scented geranium is beginning to bloom, soon to be followed by many more as spring truly arrives.

Clematis armandii blooms on the front garden arbor. Although it doesn't think much of our soil and water, and therefore ends up with brown edged or totally brown leaves by summer's end, the beautiful blossoms make it worth the cutting back and cleaning up.

Lavandula multifida is a super trouper and has bloomed all winter. This particular plant isn't even in a protected spot although a Tight and Tidy felicia aethiopica (also blooming) does run over it a bit so maybe that is all the protection it needs. Up until this year I only grew this in what I considered well protected spots.

For more blooms elsewhere around the world please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens and see who else is blogging on this Bloom Day!


Kathy said...

Just seems odd to have clematis and lavender blooming along with daffodils. They would be two months apart here, daffodils in April and lavender and clematis in June. I'm enjoying your pictures even while I'm puzzled at the climate.

Carol Michel said...

It seems like there is never "winter" in your garden. Oh, wait, that's because there is never "winter" in your garden.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day.

Lea said...

A truly beautiful collection!
Happy Garden Blogger Bloom Day!

Layanee said...

Be still my heart-DAFFODILS! Thanks for those and all your luscious blooms. There is nothing like spring in CA. It comes so early.