It’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day time and one of the fun parts of posting the monthly flowers is discovering those things that I had forgotten that I previously planted. Amongst those is the Snow Cone Bloodroot pictured above. All Bloodroots are good, this one is just a notch above.
Another newcomer to this blog is the single pink Anemonella from Hillside Nursery. I went on quest last year for a strong pink Anemonella after seeing one at my son’s house in previous years. He has since lost that plant which was exceptionally pink compared to the normal ‘Pink Pearl’ as it is now marketed. In any case the one gracing our flower bed is very nice indeed.
Another Anemonella variant that I posted on recently is Green Hurricane.
Many of the Anemone’s are flowering right now too, including this very complex nemerosa.
Close by are the Corydalis.
This one, as I’ve noted before is named for the leaves, not the beautiful blue flowers.
One cannot pass by the Camellia bed which has many of the spring ephemerals without seeing one of my favorite trilliums.
And the Leucojum are like snowdrops on steroids
Even this far into April the Hellebores continue to provide wonderful flowers. One that particularly catches my eye is Amethyst Gem.
This year I decided to give the Primula kisoana another try. You have to be cautious with this because it wants to spread, so I put it in with the other thugs.
I had a minor revelation this week when I thought I had finally succeeded in bring a Shortia into bloom. However, it turns out just to be Shortia lookalike, but pretty nonetheless.
Back in the Alpine beds we have several returnees from previous years.
and a new Iris/potentilla combination
And it’s also worth noting that while I tend to get caught up in the small spring ephemerals, there are many other flowers about. The early Rhododendron in the front yard is always spectacular.
There are many, many Daffodils, both in the yard and in the woods/pasture.
And the various fruit trees are mostly just coming into bloom. The apricot is finished, the cherries and peaches just starting, and the Kieffer Pear is flowering as though there is no tomorrow.
As I close this post, it’s worth noting that this spring is well behind previous years in terms of the number and progress of things in bloom. But I’m good with that. It gives more time to appreciate everything as it’s happening.
A very belated GBBD posting. I returned from a week in Florida to find that the spring had not really moved along very far in my absence. There were a number of the regulars in flower, but since the weather has now delivered one of the heaviest snowstorms of the winter, it’s probably just as well that some of the plants waited a little longer. The Hellebore pictured above is one of many of it’s clan in bloom, but it’s one of my favorites.
The crocus are fully in bloom now.
This particular clump under the cherry tree expands every year. Unlike some of the species crocus which seem to lag from competition with each other.
Another spectacular tommy that I’ve lost the name of is this striped variety.
The early Iris have persisted for quite awhile now and they seem to be expanding as well.
It’s interesting to note that the Fritillaria stenanthera ‘Cambridge’ which is very compact and close to the ground in the Alpine bed is taller and quite lovely in one of the humus-filled garden beds.
Nearby is is the beautiful Jeffersonia dubia ‘Dark Centers’ that I acquired from Garden Visions.
Also making an early spring entry are the little Hacquetia. The noticable parts are the big bracts whereas the flowers are the little tiny yellow guys.
One of my favorite plants for early spring are the Primrose vulgaris. There is nothing common or vulgar about these little yellow/white flowers spreading every year.
Most of the Daffodils are still in the bud stage but the little Jack Snipe in the woods are fully engaged.
I also noticed along the woodland trail the tiny Scilla biflora are not only flowering but they are spreading as well.
In the alpine bed the aubretia are just starting to spill over the rock wall, showing what is likely to come this year.
And the one of the Pasque flowers in the same bed is ready to explode into bloom.
In the greenhouse we continue to see a succession of the South African delights, for example this glorious Freesia.
Then there are Sparaxis, Moraea, Ornithagalum, Lachenalia, etc.
One of the greenhouse plants we can’t overlook is the Portuguese Squill. It’s a real enjoyment to watch it go through it’s flowering.
And finally I would be remiss not to note the first of the Ferrarias to come into bloom.
For all there exotic beauty these are remarkable easy to grow. Check out the Pacific Bulb Society.
I took this picture last week after a particularly pretty ice storm. It’s very representative of the kind of winter we’ve had and sort of a nice lead into this month’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. At the same time the Adonis, usually my first striking blooms of the season, were tightly held in bud waiting for a warm day.
But yesterday (what a difference a few days makes) the same Adonis were fully reveling in the sunshine. Full credit to Beth for catching this colorful image of the Adonis while I was heading back from the west coast.
The lesser petaled species Adonis were also out in bloom.
As were some of the winter stalwarts like the snowdrops and witch hazel.
This plant continues to show some of the yellowish flowers that I noticed earlier in the season, together with some really fine red flowers.
And just for today the first Winter Aconite have appeared on the scene.
In the greenhouse one of my favorite plants of the season is in flower.
It’s because of this Hesperantha that I’ve added several Hesperantha to my seed exchange requests.
There is a perfectly lovely compact Oxalis in full flower right now. Note the red barber pole striping on the unopened buds.
And also a very nice new Oxalis that came to me via a Pacific Bulb Exchange distribution last fall.
Notice the yellow coloring in the unopened bud. The red leaves are striking.
So with the nice start from the Adonis we are now facing more snow and freezing weather tomorrow. So winter isn’t done with us yet.
This lonely Christmas Rose is representative of what is going on outside for this January’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. The temperatures got down to 2 degrees after Christmas and have only just begun to recover. We did get a few days in the fifties but now it’s gotten cold again. It was just enough to get the first snowdrops to declare the end of winter.
But mostly this image of a Camellia flower more accurately states the wintry conditions.
As usual I retreat into the greenhouse for flowery solace in January. The Narcissus ‘Silver Palace’ has been blooming for a month.
And it’s now joined by one of its yellow flowered brethren.
There is one peculiarity that I noted in walking the yard today. The Witch Hazel Diane which normally blooms after the more common Chinese Witch Hazel has already bloomed on some of it’s branches but they are yellow. This is really strange for a plant known for it’s orange-red flowers.
Other branches are getting ready to bloom red, and I know these yellow branches have been red in the past.
I am mystified.
I’ll close on this cold January day with the sparkling red of last year’s Arisaema fruit and the promise of Adonis blossoms to come.
Well Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day was particularly cold and wintry in Frederick. Not a whole lot going on outside but I was busy getting my seed exchange order in with the North American Rock Garden Society. By the end of the day even the Camellia was looking more distressed. So my better half brought some buds into the house where they have opened up very nicely.
Outside there were just a few spots of color. The Cascade Wallflower continued bravely on through the snow.
Everyone should grow this plant if they want to have flowers year-round.
The first of the Hellebores (niger) is putting buds out but still no flowers.
And back by the greenhouse, in the alpine bed, the Lithodora continues to show blue flowers.
In the greenhouse itself the Oxalis are still in bloom but they don’t open on a cloudy day. I did go out with sunshine this morning and found another of the Moraeas flowering.
They don’t last long but they keep flowering in succession.
The Daubyena, on the other hand, lasts for 3-4 weeks.
And the second of the early Narcissus is coming into bloom.
You can see the additional buds coming. These usually end up in the house when they are fully open.
All I can say is thank goodness for the greenhouse when the winter presses in. Let me close with one of those plants that contributes to the outside landscape even without flowers.
This little alpine shares it’s red and green foliage through the wintertime and then delivers wonderful yellow flowers in April. Who could ask for more?
Winter has arrived here just over the last week. I was in out in California last week. When I left all was sunshine and glorious fall. When I returned the flowers almost all frozen off. Twenty degrees will have that kind of effect. Especially when we hadn’t had a killing frost yet. This is well past our normal first frost date, but we have often had flowers lingering on to mid-November. Not this year. That’s why i’m leading off with the above greenhouse Moraea for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day this month. Most of the outside plants that still have glimmer of flower are just barely showing as in the following cases.
Anyway, you get the idea. Most of the flowers have moved south for the winter. Just a few stragglers. There’s always the brilliant orange-red of the pyracantha to lend consolation.
Fortunately there is the greenhouse to provide regular encouragement as we recreate a less temperate springtime. The lovely little North African Hyacinthoides lingulata is very much in bloom now.
I find the blue stamens and pistil very striking.
I also grow the Cyclamen hederfolium in the greenhouse, though I think it would be it would be quite hardy outside.
And of course there are the ever-present, ever-blooming oxalis. I’ll share just a few more of the many species.
All this serves to remind me that there will be flowers, even if goes to twenty degrees on a regular basis (which I’m not wishing for). We did get the tractor ready for snow removal today just in case…
Well this is a very unusual flower to see in October. In fact, I can never remember seeing crabapples blooming in the Fall. Not only the crabapples but the apples themselves are blooming right now. So for this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day let’s just note that climate change is not just affecting icebergs and glaciers.
It’s been very dry for us with unseasonably warm weather to go with it. Many of the flowers that were in bloom in September are still blooming now, like the lovely Japanese Anemone.
And the Toadlilies
So I’m going to focus on some of the more unusual individuals flowering around the yard and greenhouse, beginning with a little saxifrage from Far Reaches.
Back in the alpine bed is a planting of Lithodora that has been expanding it’s living space since we planted it this spring (from Oliver Nurseries).
Lithodora has never overwintered with us but this clump seems most likely to do so.
Nearby is the Stachys that we planted this spring.
Although this was sold to us as lavandulifolia, it looks nothing like what we had seen in Colorado. It could be cultural or it could also be that this is a different plant.
Also in the alpine bed, I should give some credit to the little clump of Erodium that has been flowering continually since spring.
It is hard to go into the greenhouse right now without noticing the large Pomegranate which has become a centerpiece. And it’s fruit are starting to literally crack open.
One of the little treasures in the greenhouse is a small scilla relative from North Africa that was just started as a bulb this year.
It’s just starting to open up and promises to be very nice at this time of year. Thank you Pacific Bulb Society bulb exchange.
There is also a very nice little Viola that I grew from seed obtained from the Scottish Rock Garden Society seed exchange.
I think this one can probably go outside but I may propagate it first.
There is a very nice Cyrtanthus in full bloom and many wonderful Oxalis celebrating their rebirth after a dry summer.
And the last item of the day is a new acquisition from the PBS bulb exchange in June.
This South American plant (Argentina/Bolivia) looks to be a real winner.
Well, it’s fall here in Maryland and some of the usual suspects are providing our flowers for Bloom Day. Japanese anemone are robust and reliable, as well as incredibly beautiful.
Some of the other regulars are in the following pictures.
In the wildflower patch, the wild asters are currently the star of the show, attracting insects of all sorts.
In the cutting garden the standouts are the Tithonia.
Beth has shown they look really nice next to the Salvia ‘Black and Blue’. They are also quite tall so it’s easy to see them from underneath as well.
A similar color comes with the Atlantic Poppy which took forever to start blooming but now has a new flower every day.
Inside the greenhouse we have blooming for the first time the Scilla maderensis. It seems to open just a few of the flower elements per day so that it’s never completely in flower for us.
It is nevertheless interesting and exotic which goes a long way to getting space in the greenhouse.
The first of the Oxalis are coming into bloom now.
There are three species blooming now, but the rest will extend the blooming season into January at least.
It’s worth noting that one does not live by flowers alone. The garden fruits and vegetables have been abundant this year, pushing us to new recipes and uses for the crops…