Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for February


Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst'

Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst'

I knew that we would be missing whatever is happening outside in Maryland this weekend while we are visiting granddaughter Aoife and her caregivers in Boston.  The weather has been great in Maryland so I suspect some more things have popped out but in the interim the inside is very dependable.  Some of our flowering plants in the basement just go on all winter.  Two in particular are the Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’ and the Jasmine (probably it’s Jasminum sambac ‘Belle of India’ but I’m not sure — there are a lot of Jasmines).  They sit under lights in the basement and get some daylight through the basement window as well.  Both of these mimic my upbringing in Southern California and can tolerate winter weather in the 20’s but we usually have a countable number of days in the teens in Frederick so that wintertime confinement becomes necessary.  The Bougainvillea would love to be set free as it is in the Southwest and Florida.  The color and rapid growth is usually welcome but I can tell you that the thorns make it truly a vicious plant to remove should you ever be stuck with that task.  The Jasmine is one of my favorite plants as the very fragrant flowers come over a long season once they are brought outside again and they usually have some flowers during their confinement in the basement as well.  It is criminal not to stop and take a whiff every time you walk by.




13 comments on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for February

  1. blossom

    Bougainvillea is very common in Malaysia. Mine is deep orange in color. And, jasmine … I love the sweet scent of them.

  2. AnneTanne

    Bougainvillea’s always remind me of our honeymoon in Barcelona, Spain in early spring (April).
    Here in Belgium you can compare the climate to hardiness zone 7-8 in the US, and we had a rather cold winter this year, with temperatures below 5° F (-15° C). And it is a long winter…
    But nevertheless, I could make a little list for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, although the flowers here don’t look as impressive as yours…

    1. jw

      Thanks for you comments. Following back to your website and seeing your Witch Hazels caused a sequence of web searches for the best Witch Hazel. I believe that we will be adding ‘Jalena’ or ‘Diane’ to our hillside.

  3. Carol, May Dreams Gardens

    I like what you said about “criminal not to stop and take a whiff”… I feel that way about a lot of blooming plants, too. Thanks for sharing these two great blooming plants with us today!

  4. Helen @ Gardening With Confidence

    I just love Bouganvillea. We can’t grow it with any oomph in Raleigh. It’s not hardy here and I don’t have a place to winter it over.

  5. Country Mouse

    The jasmine looks very interesting – I’d like to grow some vines here. Not a lot of native California vines, so I am looking for some deer proof alternatives for zone 9. My dad grew to loathe his bougainvillea in Queensland as it was so rampant – and thorny – but it sure looks lovely.

    1. jw

      I also understand the deer proof desires. We too joke about how much we spend for deer fodder when we’re at the nursery.

  6. Dreamybee

    I love jasmine too. We have a night-blooming variety that I hope will start blooming again soon. Yours is much prettier!

    1. jw

      I tried keeping the Jasmine outside till the temperature got down to about 25 degrees one year but it did burn a lot of the leaves. It does make me wonder how low the temperature could go and still have the plant survive the winter. But I’m not willing to risk ours to find out!

  7. healingmagichands

    Isn’t it wonderful to have a few tried and true indoor plants to get you through the winter? I love bougainvillea, except for those Thorns!

  8. Nancy

    You’re not kidding about the bougainvillea! I had to take out one that my husband had planted (before we’d met) and it took three years to get it all out. Some of the stems were about an inch in diameter and the thorns were wicked. Dang things break off their very tips in your skin and they HURT.

    I have a jasmine that looks like yours.. I only know it by Angel Wing. I’ve got a few other jasmines as well, but that one is my favorite.

    1. jw

      I guess that the thorns are nature’s way of limiting the use of Bougainvillea. Either that or it’s to make sure you really want to take them out because it is a fearsome task. I did check out your Jasmines on your website and tried to leave a comment but I got a Blogger error instead.

  9. Mr. McGregor's Daughter

    I know how you feel about not being home to report on what’s happening. I just got back from Florida and discovered that my Witch Hazel is in bloom.
    I’m always in awe of those of you who can coax such beautiful blooms from indoor plants. They are wonderful.