We enjoyed that so much I made another right before the hellebores were all buried under snow and ice...
The Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' blooms were celebrating their sunny, bright glory on the 10th...
They're a little less vibrant at 25 degrees with an ice topper. This photo from Saturday the 13th, as I write this on the morning of the 14th we're being told there is an ice storm headed our way. (*update on the 15th, oh boy did we get ice, I can't even get to this plant to take a photo it's so deep and slick, sadly the plant is splayed out in odd ways*)
Sadly the Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono' has bent over, closer and closer to the ground. These buds were at eye-level, now I look down on them. It's going to require some staking to get upright again.
The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) looks a little deflated, but the blooms are still still intact, no scent at the moment.
Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' stands tall as the snow and ice accumulates all around (*again, that was then, it's not quite so tall on the 15th, bent under the weight of the ice now*).
Just last week I noticed the Daphne x houtteana was about to erupt in bloom, now it's covered in snow and ice.
Interesting to note the bottom two steps have disappeared into the snow and most of the daphne has as well.
One last set of blooms to share—from the warm, snow-free, basement—those of Dendrochilum smithianum (pulcherimum). This orchid on a stick turns out to be a very reliable bloomer for me, in fact last year I hooked up the iPhone camera magnifier and managed a close-up of those tiny flowers, click over here to see them.
That's it from my snowy and icy Portland, Oregon, garden. Visit May Dreams Gardens for the usual Garden Bloggers Bloomday run-down.
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Weather Diary, Feb 14: Hi 31, Low 27/ Precip .53 is the official total, most of that freezing rain
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