Wednesday, February 15, 2023

February Bloomday

After taking a 3 month break from Garden Blogger's Bloomday I'm happy to jump back in and share what's blooming (or just about to) in my garden now. We'll start indoors...

This Evergreen Cybister Amaryllis is rather lovely, and the first of the three different amaryllis bulbs I planted back in late November to bloom.

This white Amaryllis will be the next to open, while 'LaPaz' is still just budded up and thinking about it.

My NOID anthurium are blooming. Three plants stuffed into a long narrow planter and all three are blooming again. Only one in focus however.

Several tillandsia are throwing up bloom spikes, none of them have been under my care long enough for me to claim credit.

This Goudaea ospinae var. gruberi is the bloomingest bromeliad I have. 

One last indoor plant, my orchid on a stick; Dendrochilum smithianum (pulcherimum) is blooming again too.

Outdoors we go! Helleborus x ballardiae 'Cinnamon Snow'.

This one was an early spring purchase and is strategically located right by the back door.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Rio Carnival' is also by the back door, it went into a container last spring and I never managed to find a place in the ground for it. Any day now it will be bursting open.

Helleborus foetidus is also just a little shy of blooming this Bloomday.

This particular Helleborus 'Ice 'n Roses' was also a recent purchase, I have a few other dark 'Ice 'n Roses' in the ground just about to open...

Including this extra dark ’Ice n Roses Merlot’.

Which I really thought would be open in time.

Ditto for this H. x ballardiae Pink Frost.

Good ole Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' is open though.

As are the first florets of Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold'.

Photographing these blooms against a blue sky is a right of spring for me.

I am so glad Mother Nature cooperated.

It will be awhile however before I get to bombard you with the orange blooms of Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono' in front of my orange garden wall. It's gonna happen though, so prepare yourselves.

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

They really are beautiful little flowers.

Rather decadent in their abundance.

Mahonia x media 'Marvel' is just a few days behind.

I saw a hummingbird testing them, soon little birdy!

Loquat blooms, Eriobotrya japonica are still going strong. I wonder, do multiple flowers open at the same time in warmer climates? I can see this would be a much more luxurious bloom if that were the case.

Almost Euphorbia rigida, almost.

A few more warmish days...

I feel like the foliage and flowers of Pachysandra axillaris 'Windcliff Fragrant' could be the poster child of my garden this month. "We look like hell but dammit we're still alive, we're blooming, and we smell good!"

Stachyurus salicifolius is saying something similar, although a little quieter. The shrub is about 80% defoliated after the horrid December conditions however the pendulous blooms remain and hopefully the show in April will be a showstopper.

More blooms over on the Bloomday homepage at May Dreams Gardens!

All material © 2009-2023 by Loree L Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.


  1. Beautiful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. Your garden was primed to jump back into Bloomday this month. Yay for the Pachysandra! I'm envious of your glorious hellebore blooms, as well as the extravagant display by Mahonia 'Charity'. The hellebores in my garden don't even have buds and it looks like my Mahonia is going to pass on blooming again this year. Last year I blamed poorly timed pruning for the Mahonia's behavior but I really don't understand what's amiss this year.

    1. Perhaps it doesn't like your warmer climate?

  3. Are you able to grow amaryllis (Hippeastrum) outdoors in your climate, or were these grown indoors?

  4. Spring is coming!!! Can’t wait! Forecast says…? Ugh, more bitter cold next week. Still,
    your garden inspires as always. Sometimes I think hellebores and edgeworthias are the MVP’s of gardens, giving color when we need it most. And I’m red-green colorblind, but still love the colors in your post.
    Jim N. Tabor

    1. Ya, I am not so excited about the forecast and wondering how these blooms (and the rest of the garden) will look after the freeze.

  5. Every time I see your Mahonias in bloom I get so envious. Such a gorgeous plant. It's currently 14° here after a snow storm yesterday, so I am enjoying seeing blooms elsewhere. Beautiful collection of Hellebores. I have a number of dark purple/black but no reds as dark as yours. I may have to think about adding yet more Hellebores. Both my H. foetidus died last year but luckily left seedlings.

    1. I only let myself by quart size hellebores this year, there's definitely not as good a selection in the smaller sizes unfortunately. More cold is on the way for us next week. Not as cold as you, but low 20's and snow. Ugh.


Thank you for taking the time to comment. Comment moderation is on (because you know: spam), I will approve and post your comment as soon as possible!