So, that's all to say we were on track for an early spring, but then things went on hold. Helleborus argutifolius was already blooming when winter arrived.
THis Helleborus NOID is doing some interesting things with a couple of green petals.
Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost had been fairly upright until it was buried under the snow.
It's flowers are dirty now.
Helleborus 'Ice 'n Roses'
Helleborus x ‘Golden Sunrise’
I picked it up for a close-up (above), but then it stayed upright. I found the different shades of yellow intriguing.
Helleborus 'Black Diamond
Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' is the bloomiest. I love this plant!
Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' lost most of its flowers in the snow and wind.
I tried to snap a photo of the ones left on its branches but every single photo ended up blurry, like this one.
Grevillea miqueliana, old bloom.
Grevillea miqueliana, new bloom.
One of six Echium wildpretii I religiously covered each night during the week of cold, and uncovered during the day. I am hopeful they'll reward me with towers of pink blooms later this spring.
Abutilon Nuabtang looks a little worse for the wear (ditto for A. Nuabyel), but it's going to be putting out fresh new blooms soon, I'm sure of it.
Mahonia x media 'Marvel' is such a pretty yellow bloom.
A reminder of how cool the Aucuba japonica ‘Longifolia’ berries are...
Ceanothus 'Dark Star' is covered in buds, soon there will be flowers.
Flattened by the snow it's still on track for some amazing blooms.
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' didn't miss a beat while covered with snow.
Normally I love photographing these flowers against a blue sky, but a cloudy one also gives an interesting perspective.
Although a green background shows off color much better.
It's a nonstop hummingbird performance if you're at that window, looking out. Sometimes they stop and rest just inches from where I am, on the other side of the glass.
Stachyurus salicifolius is another of the "almost" flowers. Obviously I can't resist sharing those during a bloomday post.
Indoors there are Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow' flowers. I cut branches to bring inside for a vase weeks ago, and the flowers appeared just a few days ago. Outside there aren't even buds on the branches yet.
And in time for Valentine's Day yesterday the Amaryllis burst out in luscious red...
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Bloomday fun once again! If your're curious about how this tradition began read her "a brief history of A Brief History of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day" which appeared on her blog yesterday.
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