Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for January 2012

Hellebore viridis

Well it’s time to report on the flowering plants around our hillside for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.  I briefly thought about just giving in and sharing indoor plants as I looked at the thermometer this morning.  It was a very cold 32 degrees and the ground crunched under my feet no matter where I walked.  We’ve had more warm days than we deserve for this time of year so it was hard to complain and I figured it was at least worth checking to see what had survived the last few nights of sub 20 degrees.  As it happens the plants are continuing to make progress toward spring independent of what the weatherman may have in mind.  All of the Hellebores are putting out buds and some are beginning to open flowers such as the pretty green viridis above.  The overnight cold had made the flower stems limp but they prefer to look downward anyway so it’s not unusual for me to have to hold them up for the camera.  Hellebores are on our purchase list for the next year — there are so many color variations, the flowers last forever, and green foliage to boot.

I did find our first daffodil in bloom looking a little beaten down by the cold but hey! a daffodil in January beats most years I can recall.

First Daffodil

I don’t know the variety.  This one came as part of a mixture but it is our first daffodil every year, beating out some that I know are February Gold.

I’m afraid I have to share our red Camellia sasanqua again.

Camellia sasanqua continues in bloom

This fall blooming Camellia has been non-stop in bloom for us since late October.  Since we can see it from the kitchen window it gets a special prize for persistent beauty around here.

We have a number of snowdrops in bloom

A snowdrop clump

I don’t know of a definitive way to tell whether these are Galanthus elwesii or nivalis, particularly when the flowers are closed.  But a newcomer arrived on the scene this year.

Galanthus nivalis 'Viridi-apice'

It’s pretty green tips are very distinctive.

The other items outside are mainly promises of things to come.  The Ogon Spirea is actually showing some flowers though it’s reserving the main show for later.

Spireae thunbergii ' Ogon'

The Winter Aconite are showing color and all it will take is a week of warmer weather for them to really pop out (not likely tonight – headed down to 14 degrees).

Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) peeking out

Similarly the Adonis are beginning to show color but have the good sense to stay under ground while the weather is still in the extreme.

Adonis amurensis first color

It’s kind of like they are peeking out of the foxhole to see if winter’s icy fingers are done probing the soil.

Lastly I noticed the Muscari macrocarpum is putting up little flower heads.

Muscari macrocarpum 'Golden Fragrance'

I was very unimpressed with this plant last year, but it survived my neglect to try again.  The idea of a yellow muscari was very intriguing.  I remember it sort of flowering half-heartedly and then flopping over.  Maybe it’s because it comes out very early in a climate quite unlike it’s Mediterranean roots.  Just think how many plants we ask to grow outside the zones they are comfortable with and then toss in climate change just to shake things up…


7 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for January 2012

  1. Lea's Menagerie

    Hello! Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lovely blooms! I like your description of plants ‘peeking out of the foxhole’ Our weather has turned much colder this week, and I, too, wondered if anything was blooming outside. I was pleasantly surprised to get a few photos for Bloom Day.
    I found a bush blooming that I don’t know the name of. It looks similar to your Ogon Spirea. Would you please visit Lea’s Menagerie, and tell me what you think?
    Thank you,

  2. Randy


    Love that Hellebore viridis do you have any babies you might want to trade? Snow drops look great, ours have not showed yet.

    1. jw

      I’ll check on babies when it’s warmer out… 🙂

  3. Randy

    My bad calling you Greggo.

  4. Lea's Menagerie

    Hello, and thanks for your quick response to my question. I have posted a macro shot of the spirea on my blog for the Macro Monday meme. Looking at it closely, I think the petals are shaped differently than your Ogon Spirea. Another thing I noticed, your plant’s buds seem to be green, while mine are dark red. I guess that would mean it is some other spirea.

  5. Crystal

    Only just discovered your blog. Absolutely glorious photos. My snowdrops are looking just like yours, and I’m from across the pond, so to speak.

  6. Les

    Please don’t apologize for showing your camellia again, otherwise I might have to as well.