Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day January 2016

Gymnospermium albertii

Gymnospermium albertii

Since it’s been a cold couple of weeks leading up to this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day it’s appropriate to share this image of the first flowers of Gymnospermium albertii working it’s way out of the alpine bed.  A month ago we had lots of flowers popping out but many of those have been blasted by the colder weather ever since the Christmas holidays.  The G. albertii come from the rocky hillsides of Uzbekistan and have no particular problem with cold weather.  That’s why they are one of the few outside plants with flowers to show this month.

The witch hazel is often in flower in January and the first of those are showing now.

Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis)

Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis)

And the snowdrops persist even with the temperatures that have been down to 15°.

Galanthus elwesii

Galanthus elwesii

Otherwise the outside is many full of potential.  In particular the Hellebores are just on the edge of opening their blossoms.

Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’

Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’

Helleborus x ericsmithi 'HGC Winter's Song'

Helleborus x ericsmithi ‘HGC Winter’s Song’

Helleborus hybrid ‘MG Apricot’

Helleborus hybrid ‘MG Apricot’

For other flowers we need to turn to the greenhouse.  The small daffodils have been quite nice and one of them, Silver Palace, is coming back for a second go round.

Narcissus catabricus 'Silver Palace'

Narcissus catabricus ‘Silver Palace’

Many oxalis continue too, including Oxalis versicolor.

Oxalis versicolor

Oxalis versicolor

The little False Yellow Crocus has a brilliant color to start each day in the greenhouse (only fully opens when the sun is out)

Nothoscordum sellowianum

Nothoscordum sellowianum

One of the nice surprises this week was to see big fat buds on the Scilla peruviana.

Scilla peruviana in bud

Scilla peruviana in bud

This was gift several years ago and it looks like it going to have a full set of its big purple flowers.  These are marginally hardy in our area but the last two winters did in the outside plants.  Stay tuned for these in full flower.

5 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day January 2016

  1. rusty duck

    I do love that oxalis.. puts thoughts of summer into my head. Much needed on this freezing English winter day.

  2. Lea

    Gorgeous blooms! Love the Hellebores buds!

  3. Frank

    Plenty of promise for the new season. I love seeing the Gymnospermium coming along, your first post on this plant had me seriously considering an Eastern European bulb purchase, and I suspect I may finally crack next summer and give it a try…. and of course add a few new corydalis to the order as well!

    1. jw

      Ordering from Augis bulbs in Lithuania has been very smooth. I’ve used a personal check each time and bulbs arrive in very good shape.

  4. diversifolius

    So nice to have the greenhouse for the winter time!
    But even outside everything is so advanced in vegetation!
    I think I already admired your Gymnospermium last year – wonderful plant, too bad is so rare.