Saturday, February 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - February 2014

The snow and ice are gone (for now, anyway) and spring has been in the air all week. Many of my pictures show plants in bud, but they are the hopeful ones, the ones calling my name this month.

But first, some honest-to-goodness blooms. This is Daphne odora 'Marginata', and just a few of its fragrant blossoms are open. There are lots more to come!

The weather seems to have taken its toll on Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' flowers. I think I'd be feeling a little fatigué too, if I'd been out in last week's snow and ice.

Sarcoccoca hookeriana var. humilis. Its late winter flowers are petite, but pungent.

Despite being covered with 6 inches of snow and ice a week ago, Vinca minor 'Bowles Mauve' is putting out a few blossoms.
If this warmer weather holds, we'll be seeing Rosemary blooms in a week.

It will be significantly longer for Cornus 'Eddies White Wonder', but I love to anticipate its creamy white blooms. Maybe in April?

Mahonia repens is the only Mahonia in my garden showing any signs of blooming. These will be our first flowers since these young plants just went into the garden last spring.

A few more encouraging flower buds:
A NOID Hellebore.

Vaccinium ovatum.

The fat buds of Camellia 'April Kiss'. I hope to show you these flowers in March.

And to finish, an indoor orange to blow all the soft outdoor pinks and maroons out of the water; Clivia 'Belgian Hybrid Orange' has sent up another intense flower stalk. Wow!

Carol, at May Dreams Gardens, graciously hosts Bloom Day on the 15th of each month. See what's blooming there, in other states and even other countries, by clicking over for a visit.

Happy Bloom Day!


  1. Daphne season is my favorite season! And only one more month of winter :)

  2. That's a lovely shot of the Vaccinium. The foliage is so pretty, and the buds are encouraging.

  3. Love your post. I wonder why I don't live in Oregon, as I have to grow Daphne odora in my greenhouse ( where it is in full bloom now, too) along with my Sarcoccoca. Both, I purchased at a NARGS meeting in Portland! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Watching my Daphne odora fade away is up there in the top 10 garden tragedies of all time. Yours is so robust and healthy. I should try the marginata - I've heard it's more robust than the species -- but in a container this time. Something in the soil here wilts daphnes something fierce. Love your BD post, jane.

  5. It does feel spring like this week. Even with the the grey sky , wind and rain ... something in the air !

  6. Wish I could smell the Daphne. And it's so great that you will have rosemary blooming so soon.

  7. Did your Daphne bloom the first year? I'm thinking my 'Mae-jima' is going to need another year at least to do its thing. Things are looking good around Longview Ranch.

  8. Nice February line up of blossoms! Swoon, I think I need to sit down. Oh yeah, I am already.

  9. Oh those rosemary flower buds... they are wonderful! I long to see them appearing on my rosemary plants but none so far... :-( Nonetheless, you have a great weekend!

  10. I think my rosemary is toast. Just too cold in December. Your Daphne looks wonderful. I can almost smell it. Love that plant! Beautiful blooms all around.


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