February 2014 Bloom Day: It's Not Snowing Here.

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'Rozanne' just hasn't quit in this warm dry winter.
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The tulips have been a delight.  They fried shortly after this photo was taken.  It was near 90 both Thursday and Friday.  They could take one 90 degree day, but not two.
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Not many Camellias in our garden any more.  Not enough shade. 
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Aeonium finishing up.
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'Bourbon' Clematis, already.  This one is always early, but mid-February is really early.
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The Cerinthe started a few days ago.
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The Morocco Daisy is at peak, I'd say.
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This has been an excellent plant.  I should divide it and spread the beauty around.
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The partridge-breast Aloe, Aloe variegata, looking happier than it has in a long time.  It's been in the ground since last spring and is doing well in a spot that gets no water at all.  The brown foliage is due to water stress.  Rain would green it right up (hint, hint).  
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Aloe marlothii, now past peak.
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Sweet Peas are sweet...
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Some roses have a heavenly fragrance...
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But nothing to this nose surpasses the scent of orange blossoms.  Purity itself.
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Beloved gave me some gorgeous ivory roses for St. Valentine's Day.  I guess they don't belong in this post, not being from the garden.  But they are wonderful!
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Happy Bloom Day.  See more at May Dreams Garden Blog.  It's not snowing everywhere.  (Right?  It's not snowing everywhere?)


  1. Nope, it’s not snowing everywhere, I haven’t seen a single snow flurry this winter here in London and no frost. I hope it will continue like this for the rest of this winter – officially 2 more weeks. Snow in March and April do happen from time to time here, but it is such a silly thing, like what’s the point?! It only melts in like 3-4 hours anyway!

    Loved your collection of flowers this time, I can just imagine the scent of the orange blossom. Happy GBBD!

    1. I hope the flooding in your country has eased, Helene. What a winter it has been. Happy GBBD!

  2. Glorious flower images from your garden and your ivory roses, the orange blossoms and leaves are as beautiful as their scent.
    Not snowing here, its hot and very humid.
    xoxoxo ♡

  3. No, it's not snowing here in the PNW, at least right now. We had our little taste of winter last week. And now I really hope it's done. You have Cerinthe already. And a Clem. Sigh.

    1. A little taste of winter isn't so bad, is it?

  4. Wow, sorry about your drought and we're drier - but this is our dry season, in this case, 0. Spring here with a vengeance this week. While the blooms are all nice, with orange blossoms, it takes me back to being 8 years old and driving through the hills in Sicily to my mother's birthplace...miles of orange groves in full bloom, windows down, heaven!

    Hope you get a miracle March (rainy)...

    1. 1.2 inches since July 1, 2013. Oh dear. Sicily? Some interesting plants there!

  5. You got higher temps than we did but I think both of us will be happier with the cool-down predicted for next week. Rain would be nice too, of course, but none appears to be on the immediate horizon. Your photos and flowers are beautiful, as usual. I'll have to check out that Morocco daisy. Happy GBBD!

    1. Still hoping for rain. More hope than rain...

  6. Plenty of blooming beauty in your garden! My volunteer cerinthe which started to appear last fall are toast. The cold, snow, ice was just too much for them. Like you I was tempted to include my lovely valentines flowers (a collection of protea) in my bloomday post. I was too lazy though...

    (glad you're coming to the Portland Fling!)

    1. Some more Cerinthe seeds might sprout. They are good about that.

  7. Not snowing here Hoov, and hoping it will rain at some point this weekend. I completely concur with you re: citrus blossoms/fragrance. I connect it with childhood and youth in Orange County (when there were in fact oranges) Riverside and San Bernadino County , all places to drive through with windows rolled down ..

  8. It is fascinating how many different plants flower at the same time of year in your garden. It is the climate, so different with ours. Strange to see tulips flowering at the same time as Ger. Rozanne, Orange blossom and sweet pea. Love your pictures.

    1. Your climate fascinates me also. Rain in summer? How is that possible?

  9. Sigh. Your pictures look like heaven, especially to those us with snow on the ground (still traces, mostly mud). I love your geraniums and tulips!

    1. Thank you sweetbay. Spring for you will surely arrive soon.


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