Monday, February 15, 2016

February's Bloomday, 2016

It's Bloomday!!! Someone reminded me the other day that not everyone knows what this Bloomday thing is all about. Here's the lowdown: on the 15th of each month we garden bloggers post photos of what's blooming in our garden. It all started with Carol at May Dreams Gardens, she began the Bloomday meme in February of 2007. My first Bloomday post was in April of 2009, which reminds me I'm coming up on 7 years of blogging on March 13th (gulp).

The star bloomer in my garden right now is this, Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'. As you can see it's popular with more than just people (lower right-hand middle)...

(bumble bee butt...)

And that thing, whatever it is.

I finally broke down and bought this plant for it's huge leaves, but this time of year it's all about the flowers.

However the orange flowering version, Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’, I bought solely for the flowers. It's always a couple of weeks behind 'Nanjing Gold'.

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen'

The Euphorbia rigida are really starting to shine.

All of my plants are volunteers. They plant themselves well.

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

Still a week or two away from maximum flower but I'm enjoying them right now.

Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Sentinel’

Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths'

Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony'

I couldn't bear the idea of not having the sweet scent of Hyacinth nearby, so I bought a container of planted bulbs at our "everything store"...

Indeed the fragrance is divine, and I love the green outlined buds before they open.


Jasminum nudiflorum

Here's a surprise! The Leucadendron 'Jester' I recently bought at Cistus is blooming.

Okay yes, I admit – not a bloom. But I had to share the fabulous berries on the Aucuba japonica ‘Longifolia’...

This is such an amazing plant, it deserves more love than it gets.

Time to wrap up this post, let's do it with some Hellebores. Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost

Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger'

It's my fav, as you could probably tell.

And with a nod to Cathy's "In a Vase on Monday" meme, which I'm not participating in this week I thought I would share a final Hellebore, one that I always cut and bring inside.

It's a long lost one, I've no idea what the name is – but it certainly doesn't go unappreciated...

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31 comments:

  1. I always forget that euphorbias are winter bloomers. So many lovelies you have!

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    1. I always forget it's still winter.

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  2. Helleborus x ballardiae 'Pink Frost' looks like one of those newer upright hybrids - nice. And how lovely your Edgworthia flowers are; It never occurred to me that people might buy them for their foliage!

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    1. Indeed, no need to lay on the ground to see it's flowers. Re: the Edgeworthia this particular one has huge leaves, they're gorgeous.

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  3. I was wowed by the scent of Edgeworthia at the YGP Show (just about the only wow). They were all 'Nanjing Gold' but I much prefer 'Akebono'. Is it as fragrant? How perfect it would be cozying up to 'Murray Queen'.

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    1. 'Akebono' is fragrant but the plant is not as vigorous (in my experience).

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  4. Oh my. Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger'. It's totally gorgeous. You have sent me on another search :)

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  5. The photo of the Euphorbia with gravel and Agave ovatifolia is really good! Your 'Austin Griffiths' Manzanita is always a treat to see, too, and beautiful Hellebores. 7 years, eh? I started in April '09--huh. I guess our affection for plants is not a passing fancy.

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    1. Nope, we're in it for the long haul! Are you going to the Fling this year?

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  6. You've got a lot of nice blooms! I especially like the Arctostaphylos densiflora.

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  7. Since I can't grow most of these things, I am enjoying just sitting back and oohing and aaahhing. That Hellebore you love, however, I could grow and I might really have to think about it as it's a real stunner.

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    1. It changes to more of a greenish tone as it ages...very nice!

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  8. Jade Tiger , what a knockout ! Your Manzanitas just keep getting more and more beautiful.I've wanted one for literally decades--but the spot still eludes me.

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    1. Ah come on...take the plunge! Jade Tiger came from my visit to the O'Byrnes in Eugene. Have you been? Very much worth a visit!

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  9. Wow! Murray Queen is gorgeous! I hadn't realized how big the flower clusters get. Lots of great flowers here. This warm February is fantastic, isn't it? You and Peter made me fall for 'Ascot Rainbow'. I picked one up at the YGP show.

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    1. You know since my straight Grevillea victoriae has only managed to throw out one or two flowers (ever) I didn't realize how much bigger the 'Murray Queen' flowers got until recently. Love this plant!

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  10. It feels like spring with all of these blooms. Must remind myself that these are winter blooming plants. We're pretty lucky to live in such a mild climate.

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  11. That agave & Euphorbia rigida photo is perfection.

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  12. I hope my Euphorbia rigida look half that good when they grow up. I've yet to see flowers on my Leucadendron 'Jester' but I'm off to check them just in case I've missed something. A belated happy Bloom Day, Loree!

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  13. I like the way all your Arctostaphylos look, especially that bark! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. So many lovely blooms, but I have to agree that the star is the Nanjing Gold - beautiful!

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  15. So pretty! I got a tiny little succulent for my birthday and it reminded me of your blog. I used to read it back in my Google Reader. Now I've bookmarked you so I can read you again :)

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  16. Your A. "Austin Griffiths' is spectacular. Could you share the name of the ground cover that you have below it? - Janet W

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    1. Thanks Janet! It's Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific' ... a REALLY great plant.

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    2. Thank you kindly

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