It's been a while since I posted, but I am SO ready for spring and plants, I just have to participate in this month's Bloom Day. Here we go!
A number of February's flowers in my Zone 8, Pacific Northwest garden are little and hard to see, like the blooms on Azara microphylla. If you get close, you can smell the sweet, light vanilla scent they emit.
Anther pungent bloomer this month is Sarcoccoca hookeriana var. humilis. The tiny flowers have an outsized smell that you'll catch from 20-30 feet away if the wind is right.
There are some super early bloomers that showed up last month - and even before. Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' has been blooming since late December and is almost finished.
And these little Galanthus spp have been a welcome sight since January when they first started pushing up from the ground.
Not all the winter bloomers are shy, though. Take Camellia 'Yuletide', for example. This one is full of itself, and has been since December. We're encouraging it to cover the boring chain-link fence behind it, and it's doing its best to oblige.
Other flowers that have been blooming since last month are a series of energetic Hellebores, none of which I have specific cultivar names for.
Also blooming since last month is this Barbecue Rosemary. I guess the concept is to strip the leaves off - or not - and thread meat or veggies onto the stems for cooking over a flame. I've used the leaves for cooking, but I haven't tried the BBQ method yet.
Mahonia repens is just beginning to open. The huge bumblebees I'm seeing around will appreciate this flowering native.
I'm joining Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, to celebrate all the flowers everywhere this month. Check out her blog to see lots more blooming beauty.
Happy Bloom Day, all!