Happy First Garden Bloggers Bloomday of the New Year!
I went out to take this month's Bloomday photos feeling like January is the month where everything is on pause. I came back in feeling a little less that way. Things are happening, they're moving forward, thank god for that! Hamamelis x intermedia 'Early Bright' started blooming back in December, it still hasn't dropped last years leaves however...
Here's a fun comparison. January 4th...
All of my Manzanita are loaded with flower buds. Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths' is the only one that's burst into bloom.
I knew it was in bloom because the hummingbirds were swarming.
The same for the Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'...
Which isn't yet in bloom, really, but those hungry little birds found a few open flowers that they've been exploiting.
I couldn't resist zooming in on the raindrops.
As usual the Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ (orange flowering) is trailing behind.
Euphorbia rigida is a few weeks away from flower, however the purple ornamental kale (left over from the OC&K Challenge) is doing it's best to make sure nobody notices.
The Eriobotrya japonica has a few blooms still trying to open.
And the Fatsia polycarpa ‘Needhams’s Lace’ is in a sort of half in/half out state. I think our recent freeze did a number on some of the blooms.
Others are looking good.
The Tetrapanax papyrifer blooms however, well, that train has left the station.
Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen' blooms on, post freeze flop...(it's been staked and is upright again)...
Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leane’ isn't really getting with the program this year.
And Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’ is a month or so away from breaking out.
Helleborus argutifolius is budding up.
Any day now...
Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost wants to bust open.
And it looks like I'd better dig the container of Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' out of it's winter resting spot, lest I miss the show.
It's time to wrap this Bloomday post up...Mahonia x media 'Charity' is saying it's goodbyes, after a successful (several month) run.
Oh! But wait. Inside the house we have a bunch of Aeonium flowers, in a vase because the bloomspike got so tall it was causing the rest of the plant to tip over.
Here's the part that will live on, to flower another time. Want more floral fun? Click on over to May Dreams Gardens, our Bloomday hostess who shares all the links...
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