Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My wet and blurry Garden Bloggers Bloomday...

I almost didn't make this one, realizing only late yesterday afternoon that today in fact was Garden Bloggers Bloomday. Oh hell, I haven't missed posting since I started back in April of 2009, I can't just let a streak like that die. Out into the rain I went...

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen' with Echium candicans 'Death Star' in the foreground and Lupinus albifrons shimiring to the left. Note the water-spot on my lens, and I was just getting started!

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen' close up

The warm temperatures we'd been experiencing had my hopes high the Passiflora 'Purple Tiger' buds might open. Now that it's cooled off I don't know if that's gonna happen. I haven't seen this one bloom yet, and not sure if it's worth trying to overwinter again if it's not going to bloom (for images it's worth clicking here).

Abutilon Nuabtang

Abutilon Nuabyell — I can't recommend these two strong enough. They stay compact and bloom for months and months.

Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green' has also been a long bloomer.

Correa backhouseana, isn't the little bud (on the right) cute?

Passiflora 'Sunburst' is pushing out bloom after bloom. I think it's trying to earn my favor since I'll need to dig it up again if I want it to survive winter.

Tetrapanax papyrifer racing against the frost clock. This is the best chance to see the buds open in the back garden...

And in the front...

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red', the dark blob on the left is a seed pod.

I thought the Ceanothus 'Dark Star' had lost it's mind, opening a bloom this early.

But looking back at last November I see it was doing the same.

Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' (Camouflage)


And the regular old straight green leaf, Fatsia japonica.

This mess is between the shade pavilion greenhouse and the back of the garage, it's sort of a protected area where I mass containers that can spend the winter outdoors, unprotected. It was a fluke that something caught my eye.

I never would have dreamt the Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' was already opening a couple of flowers. This happens in January. I guess I better dig it out of this spot so I can enjoy them.

I think I'm going to have to give the Rosemary a severe haircut come spring.

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

And another surprise, flowers opening on the Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths'! I'm glad I didn't let this Bloomday slip by unrecorded. Visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the bloggers posting today.

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  1. I'm glad you ventured out into the rain. I love the diffused light and the rain drops on the plants!

    My sister-in-law sent me a photo of an ornamental pear tree in full bloom in Chico, CA (something that usually happens in February). Like other trees I've seen around here, it's completely confused.

    1. Things certainly feel more seasonally appropriate now. I shivered taking the trash our yesterday and walking Lila, sure it was "just" in the mid 40's but it felt shocking after all the warmth.

  2. Love the Fatsia japonica!

  3. Plants are blooming early because they're afraid they'll drown in all of this ****ing rain:) Fingers crossed for that fab passiflora to bloom!

    1. It's so so so wet! I wish we could share with our thirsty counterparts in CA...

  4. Oh those Fatsias, and the Hellebore and all the things I am lusting after.

  5. So you have A. 'Austin Griffiths' blooms, too - isn't it incredibly early?!

  6. Those Fatsia blooms are pretty darn cool. I really have been enamored of your Correa flowers. They look like old-fashioned, glass Christmas ornaments with the little metal cap wired in tight.

  7. I'm glad you elected not to break your streak. I'm considering a Mahonia 'Charity' for a shady spot in my front garden and seeing yours in full splendor makes me even more committed to that direction. The Echium 'Death Star' foliage is wonderful too.

    1. You should definitely give that Mahonia a try, hope you can find one. Maybe consider mail order?

  8. The plants are as confused as I am...picked an Easter Lily today.

  9. Lots of very interesting flowers - I especially like the Fatsia flowers. Creepy weather, though.

  10. Fatsia 'Camouflage': luscious green on green variegation topped with a Sputnik Christmas tree. Your blooms are all great, but I love the first photo. Silver, black, and orange, with that beautiful echium in front!


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