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.
And the snowdrops persist even with the temperatures that have been down to 15°.
Otherwise the outside is many full of potential. In particular the Hellebores are just on the edge of opening their blossoms.
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.
Many oxalis continue too, including 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)
One of the nice surprises this week was to see big fat buds on the Scilla peruviana.
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.