February Blooms

Hydrangea 'Shooting Stars' is blooming and growing a new set of leaves at the same time:
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I always mean to participate in the "Bloom Day" thing, and never quite get to it.  Call this post a practice run, and perhaps I'll get my blogging-act together enough to really participate next month.

In this garden there is always something in bloom, because this gardener adores flowers, and because the climate allows it.  Some plants bloom very early, and repeat at their more normal times.  Some are confused by the heavy rain of December and are blooming early because of that.  Others bloom constantly year round. 

One plant that is very, very late this year is the Freesia.  I usually have those fragrant little spikes of buttercream flowers months before this, but they are only now appearing, and are nowhere near opening.  Unusual.

Blueberry 'Sunshine Blue' flowers appear before last year's leaves have a chance to drop:
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Broccolini.  I should pull it, but the local bee population is having a good old time with the flowers:
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Rosa 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' always has a flower or two:
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Aloe 'Fire Guard' is blooming for the first time.  The foliage looks dull bronzy in the summer, but rain and the winter have brought out beautiful blue and violet tones, a wonderful contrast with the coral pink teeth:
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Aloe 'Blue Elf' really liked that December rain we got:
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The bougainvillea almost always has flowers:
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As does the Limonium perezii:
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And the Gaillardias:
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While the Camellias, Coleonema, and Aeoniums are strictly winter blooming:
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Hemerocallis are not usually blooming in most parts of the country in February, but here some of them do:
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Rosa 'Cressida' is always early:
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And Cercis occidentalis is never late:
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So, that's my practice run. At the least some color for those in colder climes weary of looking at snow.  

Comments

  1. Very nice...should have blooms on winter jasmine and rosemary right now, but those plants are recovering - maybe some flowering on those in a few weeks if all goes normal!

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  2. Great bloom day post. I think yours wins the greatest coverage of multiple genera prize. And I seriously need to grow me some broccolini!

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  3. Well done Hoover ! I swoon over SDM, who I was forced to shovel prune last year ..she hates it here. And there really is nothing even close. Damn.

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