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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - January 2012

I discovered gardener blogger's bloom day last month, too late to post. Seems like a pretty neat concept, the garden changes from month to month, if there isn't different flowers, the flowers we have look different.

First off, howsa bout some weeds?

henbit close-up
chickweed close-up
Chickweed and henbit, pretty if shot with a macro, but not something desirable...

I'm pulling weeds as fast as I can...

early spirea bloom
early forsythia bloom
Some early bloom on the bridal wreath spirea and forsythia.

The highlight of the garden is the hellebore.
They've produced additional open blooms since last month, and peak bloom is still a month or two away...

hellebore, blush

hellebore, bloom with streaks

The colours when the blooms initially open is always exciting.
Sadly, most people only know hellebores by those green displays at lenten service.

hellebore, spotted bloom
hellebore, white bloom

I'm unable to post camellia blooms from this garden yet. The freezing temps last week did those for me. While I'm seeing plenty of camellias in other gardens, I think it would violate the spirit of the post to post the plants that I'm not growing in this garden.

mahonia, past their peak

I still have mahonia in bloom, but it seems past it's peak...

Dalea pinnata
daffodils, lantana stalks

Daffy-dills blooming through the lantana stalks, and summer's farewell seed heads. Be sure to click the pictures on this post... Those Dalea pinnata seed heads look surreal when enlarged.

We could all learn a lot about concentration and patience from a cat... She can stare at a brush pile for hours...

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Blogger Julie Stone said...

I've never tried growing Hellebores before, they look really swell, I'll have to track some down.

That's funny about your cat, mine will stare endlessly at the ceiling...we thought she was nuts until we realized it meant we had mice in our attic.

January 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger HolleyGarden said...

Love your hellebores! My weeds are beginning to flower, too - no break for the gardener this year! Happy first GBBD!

January 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger The Sage Butterfly said...

My cats will stare with their little ears moving back and forth. I know they have found something. It is amazing that your mahonia is still blooming.

January 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Hoover Boo said...

Your hellebores are way ahead of mine (and way prettier, too). Lovely flowers, and yes the Dalea seedheads are eyepoppers. Happy GBBD!

January 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

I love hellebores and you have some beautiful examples... thanks for sharing! Larry

January 15, 2012 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Julie... Better mice in the attic than bats in the belfry...
Hellebores are gaining serious popularity, and as the new doubles and fancy colours hit the market, hellebore snobs will be culling their current plantings... the way the daylily fanciers did with their orange ditch lily...

@ HolleyGarden, Thanks... The problem with pulling winter weeds is that you need to mulch quickly, or expect them right back...

@ The Sage Butterfly, I learn a lot from my cat... It tells me when company is coming...

@ Hoover Boo, How did a dog learn to use the computer? I'm sure that you'll be nosing around in the hellebore blooms b4 you know it.... If I had those sedums blooming in the dead of winter that you have... I'm not sure that I'd be doing anything except crowing...

@ Larry, Thanks for visiting.
That is an amazing spread you have, we can't even grow most of those plants...

January 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

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