Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Garden Blogger's Bloomday...

Poking around the garden yesterday, looking for blooms, I couldn't help but notice that things are looking a little "springy." When it happens so early I try not to get too excited, anything could happen at this point.

Ha! Who am I kidding, spring...BRING IT ON!

Last January this Hamamelis x intermedia 'Early Bright' was newly purchased and already in bloom. I am thrilled it's rewarding me with blooms again this year...and it smells so good!

This Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' was also purchased last year, in March when I visited Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, OR.

If you love hellebores then you no doubt know of the O'Byrnes and their wonderful nursery. Their 2015 Hellebore Open Garden and Sales this year are the weekends of February 21-22 and March 7-8, 10am – 4pm each day. It's very much worth the trip if you can swing it!

This little NOID hellebore was blooming away hidden behind several things I planted last year, not thinking about the lovely flowers I wouldn't get to see. The temporary solution = bring the flowers indoors. Now let's see if I can remember to move the plant.

I've got one, just one, bloom on my Jasminum nudiflorum. What's up with that?

Crazy early (it seems?) the Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' blooms are starting to open.

Grevillea 'Neil Bell' just keeps on going...

Ditto with the Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen'. Nice blurry photo eh? And those are the crispy leaves of my Musa basjoo there behind it, adding texture and depth (silk purse/sow's ear).

Mahonia x media 'Charity', for the last time...I promise!

And ditto for the Banksia ericifolia, I'm sure you're getting rather tired of it (I'm not though, obviously).

No such promises here. While the banksia bloom stays pretty much static the pair of Fascicularia pitcairnifolia blooms just keep on evolving.

Pretty cool!

Bloomday is a monthly opportunity to share what's blooming in our gardens. Visit the blog May Dreams Gardens for links to all those who are participating this month.

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37 comments:

  1. That's a very nice looking hellebore the first one. Didn't get the chance to take photos of what's in bloom last weekend so perhaps will join in February instead.

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  2. I should probably check my Edgeworthia 'Akebono' which is still in its pot, bought late last fall. I'm still intrigued by that Fascicularia too. Happy GBBD!

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    1. I'll be curious to hear what you find, my 'Akebono' is always a bit behind the 'Nanjing Gold' and currently showing no signs of getting ready to open.

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  3. Gorgeous gorgeous…once again you had me running to Garden Fever to ask about a Hamamelis 'Early Bright'…I'm on their list! you have inspired...

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    1. Yay! I hope you get the call soon.

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  4. What great blooms with fabulous colors. Every time I see your Fascicularia pitcairnifolia I know I must have one! The hellebores are so lovely. I wish the would grow here.

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    1. You must! Cistus, they do mail order...

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  5. Very much taken with Hellebore 'Jade Tiger'. I've been looking for a select double for quite some time and the colouring on that one is lovely.

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    1. Thank you! I was thrilled t get it. By the time I arrived things were very picked over but that one was waiting for me!

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  6. You have some extraordinary blooms (and I think you should show them as many times as you'd like)! I'm salivating over the 'Jade Tiger' hellebore. In an excess of confidence after my first hellebore finally bloomed last year (after 2-3 years in the ground), I mail-ordered several more. Sadly, the company doesn't ship until late March (when things defrost there, I guess). Happy GBBD Loree!

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    1. Oh no! Late March huh, perhaps because that's when they're done blooming and it's a better time to ship the plants?

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  7. Wow, it doesn't look like winter with all those blooms! Oh I love the fascicularia bloom, is stunning.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, it has been a pretty mild winter (knock on wood).

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  8. Nice Hellebores! You'll have to keep posting pics of the Banksia ericifolia until the flowers are open. It really changes the look of the flower cone. Plus it reinforces my happiness with my own plant. Here's what mine look like now: https://www.flickr.com/photos/max_parker/15887435509/in/photostream/
    Max P.

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    1. Gorgeous! I wonder if mine will proceed to that point? It seems kind of stuck, I'm blaming it on the cold.

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  9. That Fascicularia pitcairnifolia is niiice...and the name, thank goodness for cut / paste on my PC!

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    1. Yep, I just cut and paste from last month's post!

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  10. Oh my goodness, the 'Jade Tiger' Hellebore is stunning! I might have to have that one! I was mentioning to someone else that I would definitely have a Mahonia plant if I lived just a bit further south. I think I'm on the edge of their hardiness range, since I'm in zone 5a. Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. Ya it looks like you are just a little too cold. Although M. aquifolium appears to make the cut:
      http://plantlust.com/plants/mahonia-aquifolium-compacta/
      http://plantlust.com/plants/mahonia-aquifolium/

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  11. Nope, not tired of the Banksia, and really enjoying the ongoing development of the Fascicularia. ditto what dry heat said--thank goodness for cut/paste!

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    1. I'll never forget the day I showed one of the partners at the firm I used to work for how to use cut/paste. He was amazed...

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  12. NOOOO! Don't stop posting pictures of that yummy Banksia ericifolia! Love that one! Fascicularia pitcairnifolia - sigh, I'm in lust! Laughed out loud over your musa comment!

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    1. Yay, glad you enjoyed my corny humor.

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  13. I'm noticing two things: that awesome swirly background for the hellebore blossom (what is it?), and that shining blue sky. What's up with that? Did you steal Texas' sunny winter weather? We've been missing it!

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    1. The swirly background is a tray from IKEA, years ago. It rests up against the back of my kitchen counter, the perfect place to enjoy a little bloom. And yes we did steal Texas' sun as a matter of fact! In exchange we've sent some of our rain south, did you get any?

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  14. I love your Banksia ericifolia. And woah, that Fascicularia! The colours are amazing. The last time I saw it I'm sure it was just the red, and that was impressive enough.

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    1. Last month there was just the tiniest bit of blue starting to develop in the center. It really jumped ahead fast!

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  15. 'Jade Tiger' might just get me past the "meh" reaction to Hellebores.

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    1. You probably should track one down...

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  16. Great blooms! Always a pleasure to see your Grevillea and Banksia, and now a gorgeous Fascicularia, too!

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  17. Love the Hellebore! I've wanted a double one like this for a long time, but our local nurseries don't carry anything but the basics. I've been envying all of you showing the Grevillea, but just as I suspected when I checked it out, it's not hardy here. I'll just have to enjoy your photos instead...as well as the Mahonia.

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    1. I wonder if you started a campaign to get one of your local nurseries to order from Northwest Garden Nursery if maybe they'd consider it?

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  18. Thanks for the heads-up of the O'Byrnes and their nursery. Just got on their mailing list. Wouldn't it be fun to head down there for one of those open days? That Banksia is fabulous, and I wonder if that Fascicularia is the same as that one growing on the up-turned root at Heronswood? I've been lusting after one ever since I saw it... Cistus, you said?

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  19. Last winter while preparing for a talk on growing Helleborus, I go way lost in the Northwest website. 'Jade Tiger' is one I covet.

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