Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day January 2014

Yellow Orchid with Red Markings

Yellow Orchid with Red Markings

It’s not been a January with a lot of flowering outside the house.  So for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I am leading off with one of the orchids that is astounding inside the house.  I counted 32 blossoms and buds on this one this morning.  Even the buds are very attractive as it arches over the kitchen counter.

Yellow-red Orchid in bud

Yellow-red Orchid in bud

But the outside does have a couple of noteworthy elements.  In particular thanks to the prodding from Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day (thanks to Carol and Elizabeth Lawrence) I see that the Witch Hazel ‘Diane’ is not only blooming but has been doing so for several days.

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane'

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’

This is the first time Diane has been earlier than the conventional yellow witch hazel in blooming.

There are also many instances of snowdrops blooming about the yard.  They are always here for early bloom.

Galanthus elwesii

Galanthus elwesii

But the Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’ has been smashed down by the snow and is not very presentable at the moment.  And the other Hellebores are all taking there own sweet time to come into bloom.  So it’s more fun to contemplate the things about to come into bloom.  The Adonis are all above ground and the Cyclamen coum are showing pink buds.  A new early flower is the Gymnospermium in the Alpine bed.

Gymnospermium albertii

Gymnospermium albertii

Nearby is the one of the Saxifrages that is exquisite even without flowers.

Saxifraga paniculata

Saxifraga paniculata

There are also flowers about to happen in the greenhouse, especially the Ferraria.  I have never had Ferraria flowers before so it should be quite interesting to see how these turn out.

Ferraria ferrariola

Ferraria ferrariola

Of course it wouldn’t be an official posting this winter if I didn’t show one of the Oxalis in bloom.  They have been so endlessly rewarding it’s hard to sing their praises high enough.

Oxalis obtusa

Oxalis obtusa

It looks like the weather is going to remain seasonal (meaning cold) so it may be a while before anything else jumps into bloom.

3 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day January 2014

  1. Lea

    Beautiful orchid!
    And all those little shoots coming up – the promise of Spring!
    Happy Gardening!
    Lea

  2. Chloris

    A beautiful orchid and I’m very impressed with that Ferraria. What an achievement.
    Chloris

  3. Les

    Flowers are always nice, but that Saxifraga has beautiful foliage.