March Bloom Day

Aloe striata:
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Thanks to May Dreams Gardens Blog for this delightful monthly event!

It seems to me that the roses are a full month early this year.  'Altissimo':
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'William Shakespeare 2000':
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'Firefighter':
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'Eugene de Beauharnais', about as good as this little plant has ever looked:
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'Bolero', the best white Austin.  As a matter of fact, no, 'Bolero' isn't even an Austin--it's from Meilland--but it outdoes all the white Austins.  
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The early Clematis are the ones who struggle without a winter chill.  They get just a couple of feet tall, bloom right away, and usually don't do much the rest of the year.  'Nelly Moser':
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Last year, 'Ernest Markham' had its best show ever, growing to an impressive six or seven feet (2 M).
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This Clematis 'Angelique' is one of the Evison "Patio" types, so its small size is normal.  Still, it blooms very early every year, and does repeat.
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Though they are not decorative, the blooms on the Avocado tree are festive.  The bees are enjoying them.  
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While the orange tree reminds that no great French Parfumier can come close to the fragrance of orange blossoms on a warm spring night.
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Another winner in the fragrance department, Brunfelsia pauciflora.  A modest little flower, but a heavenly sweet scent, never too heavy or cloying.  
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Lastly, Bloom Day March is a bit too early for the "Dutch" Iris.  Another day or two for this one.
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Happy Bloom Day!
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Comments

  1. Your clematis and roses are gorgeous! That picture of Bolero is fabulous. Dutch irises are one of my favorites - I think it's the purple and yellow combination that I love.

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  2. All your blooms are stunning, but I am very drawn to your lovely roses. The William Shakespeare is so lush and beautiful. Happy Bloom Day!

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  3. I second the motion on Bolero.. mine was a complete impulse purchase, and wildly successful at that! My favorite white---well except for Sombrueil of course.
    Happy bloom day !

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  4. Gorgeous blooms. Your spring flowers are our midsummer blooms.

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  5. Delighted to see your Bloom Day start off with a big, orange aloe bang! We are so different in what is happening garden-wise: your roses are gorgeous while ours are just newly-leafing sticks. Clematis here will take until summer!

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  6. @HolleyGarden, thanks. Dutch Iris are a real favorite of mine. Only a few have survived--I kept them too dry--so I may need to get more for next year. The color always amazes me.

    @Sage Butterfly, thanks. Happy Bloom Day back at you!

    @ks, my two favorite whites as well, though I also like 'Glamis Castle', even the fragrance...

    @Crystal, we have a looong growing season here. No resting, it's year-round activity.

    @MulchMaid, I so enjoy seeing your climate as well. We gardeners love variety as much as we love plants.

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  7. Lovely roses - in a normal year it would be over two months before we get roses here in upstate NY. But the most interesting photo for me was the avocados. I have never seen them in bloom. Happy GBBD.

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  8. Gorgeous roses! It's looking like the height of summer already in your garden!

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