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Friday, February 15, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Today is the first anniversary of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. A year ago, Carol asked us to tell her what's blooming in our gardens on the 15th of every month. I'm astonished to find that I had something in bloom outdoors every month.

Let's get right to it then. I'm not going to post all the photos here, but the links are to my photos on Picasa. I have the same 3 plants in bloom that I've showed you in recent weeks - Crocus sieberi 'Firefly', Crocus ancyrensis 'Golden Bunch', and Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis). The crocuses were not happy about their ice bath on Wednesday, but the new flowers that have opened since then are fine.

The snowdrops just bounced right back after the ice melted.

Then I have a whole lot of "almosts". My oldest violet (unknown variety) usually has a few flowers very early in the spring. I had to look close to find one, and didn't notice until I had the photo on the computer that there were 2 more buds.

The Pine Knot Hellebores just raised their heads in the last few days, but the flowers are still not quite open.

I have several different colors of the Pine Knot Hellebores. And lastly I have a couple of narcissus close to blooming. My old reliable unknown species/variety, and 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' shown below. They sure knew how to name varieties in the old days (1943), didn't they?

Oh, and on my way out the door this afternoon, I noticed one Scilla siberica flower.

Update, Feb. 16: Forgot a couple of almosts - winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) and rosemary.

February 2007 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post


posted by Entangled at 7:56 PM ::: Permalink


Blogger Carol wrote...

Beautiful, I hope to see more of these types of blooms in my own garden in a few weeks.

And they did come back nicely from the ice storm, didn't they?

Thanks for joining us again for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

8:52 PM, February 15, 2008  
Blogger chuck b. wrote...

Thank you for using the botanical name for snowdrops. All these people with blooming snowdrops and I'm wondering why mine aren't blooming. Well, I don't have Galanthus, I have Leucojum. Those are snowflakes. I can never keep common names straight.

9:55 PM, February 15, 2008  
Blogger Frances wrote...

Lovely blooms. I am interested in the hellebore, as they are a favorite here. Do yours disappear in winter?

Frances at Faire Garden

6:08 AM, February 16, 2008  
Blogger Entangled wrote...

Carol: Those snowdrops bounced back the same day - just as soon as the ice melted. Thanks for GBBD!

Chuck B: I think in the South they call Leucojum snowdrops? I'm really very inconsistent - I usually type whichever name springs to mind first ;-)

Frances: The hellebores are evergreen here, but in some winters I wish they weren't. If it's really cold, the foliage looks wretched. This year, however, they've looked good all winter.

7:11 AM, February 16, 2008  
Anonymous Pam wrote...

I was up in Charlottesville, and noticed that the crocuses and daffodils in my parents yards were just beginning to bud - I need to ask them today if the crocuses, especially, have decided to bloom. We can't manage crocuses in zone 8b, and I miss them - they bloom so early, and are just perfect flowers I think.

9:00 AM, February 16, 2008  
Blogger jodi wrote...

More hellebore envy...they're so lovely, and I'm glad that all has bounced back after the nasty weather you had. Your galanthus are so sweet--about the time yours are setting seed, mine MIGHT be blooming....

11:53 PM, February 16, 2008  
Blogger Sue Swift wrote...

Snowdrops are definitely on my list for next year. they're so pretty and I can't think why I've never grown them.

5:05 AM, February 17, 2008  
Blogger Entangled wrote...

Pam: I'd really miss crocuses if I didn't have them. I wonder if there are any species that would grow in SC?

Jodi: Sorry about the hellebores again. I'll probably still have them in bloom next month too. I'll be waiting to see your snowdrops - the garden blogosphere is a great way to prolong the season.

Sue: I'll post a reminder to plant snowdrop bulbs next fall ;-)

11:34 AM, February 17, 2008  
Blogger Ki wrote...

Wow, wow, wow. Love that deep red violet hellebore. The snowdrops look great too. Nary a sign here of hellebores or snowdrops.

10:22 PM, February 17, 2008  
Blogger kate wrote...

I love the colour of those Pine Knot Hellebores... I'd love to see more photographs of them.

Chuck B's comment is hilarious - I have trouble with common names too!

1:00 PM, February 19, 2008  
Blogger Entangled wrote...

Ki: I bet you'll have flowers soon. I was doing some work outside yesterday morning and it was so warm I had to take off my jacket. But the forecast is for some winter reality for the end of the week.

Kate: I checked on the hellebores this morning and they look just the same as on Bloom Day. I'm getting impatient for the flowers to open up more, but I'll be sure to get photos when they do.

6:12 PM, February 19, 2008  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl wrote...

Lovely! I have 'Pine Knot' hellebores, too, but mine aren't anywhere close to tossing their beautiful heads yet.

I'm happy to see that your winter aconites are still "almosts." I just planted some this past fall and had myself convinced that since I hadn't seen them yet, they must be goners. I'll keep hoping!

1:37 PM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger lisa wrote...

Nice Bloom Day! I'm glad you are getting your springtime underway...reminds me that mine is coming as well (eventually).

2:00 PM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Entangled wrote...

Blackswamp Girl: I'm planning a post about the Pine Knot hellebores (maybe today). Pine Knot Farms is open to the public today and next Friday/Saturday.

My winter aconites are strange things. Different clumps bloom at different times, and all came from the same mail-order purchase of bulbs.

Lisa: I'm eager to see your Purple Haze bulb planting. It's something like 26 days until spring, right?

8:03 AM, February 23, 2008  

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