These images are for you Janet!
The few flowers there are in the garden at the moment at very precious to me as a sign that spring is on the way.
Teucrium fruticosa flowers continuously from November through to April so though the flowers are small, they are profuse so they add a blue haze for many months.
Euphorbia rigida is the first to show signs of the acid yellow inflorescence that proclaims spring is here!
First pink colouration appears as the ‘buds’ swell, then they open to reveal bright, acid yellow/green.
These small Irises are one of my favourites, they don’t last very long and it can be easy to miss seeing them at all, but they don’t cost very much so I’m prepared to indulge myself.
Lonicera fragrantissima has the very best perfume of any plant I know! It doesn’t flower for as long a period here as it does in the UK, it needs some cold to trigger the flowers.
Viburnum tinus is mostly tight pink buds with just a few open to revel the white flower inside. This is another plant that does not flower for such a long period as in the UK where it flowers for maybe 6 months of the year. My plant has not fully recovered from the burning winds during the summer and a couple of large stems still seem to be dead. I’ll prune them out later in spring if there really is no chance from them recovering.
Arabis, grown from seed is full of tightly closed buds, but a few are braving the cold nights.
A surprise is that one Phlomis sufuiticosa has buds that are nearly open, while another plant, perhaps a metre away, doesn’t even have any buds yet!
I planted these yellow Crocus Ancyrensis last autumn, I love their sunny colour.
Rosemary continues to attract bees to its masses of blue flowers.
But best of all are the dazzling flowers of Anemone Sylphide; I’ve never manages to grow these before and they are one of my favourite cut flowers too so now I’ve had some success I’ll plant lots more next year!
Not only are the colours stunning but the flowers last a long time, I showed the buds just before they opened for last GBBD and this is one of the flowers that was a bud then – I am impressed because we’ve had frosts many of the nights and heavy rain and terrifyingly strong winds and still the flowers are beautiful. Others I planted under the Mulberry tree are slower to flower but that will only extend the season further.
A very happy Bloomday to all gardeners everywhere. Thanks to Carol for hosting.
Not much has been happening in the garden, hence no posts. But there are a few blooms out there. Not much new except I found this Anemone coronaria de Caen; I planted these bulbs without much hope of success as I’ve tried them before and none have ever grown. Maybe all the rain in the autumn encouraged them to grow, anyway this one is about to open its bud, the colour is supposed to be deep pink but from the colour I can see, I don’t think that will be true.
Several roses have buds and even open flowers; Rosa Stanwell perpetual is showing that it is truly perpetual as long as it has enough water.
The weather has been changeable. Rain, mild temperatures, we were even able to have lunch on the terrace on Saturday, but cold temperatures are forecast for the end of this week (minus 6°C is promised so I must turn off the water going to taps around the garden and open the taps so they aren’t damaged (last year I missed one and the whole tap sort of exploded).
More in keeping with the season are Teucrium fruticosa, Prostrate rosemary and the beautiful Iris unguicularis.
Pretty violas, in a pot I can see from the kitchen window, show their smiling faces and always make me smile.
Viburnum tinus has a few buds just beginning to open and Eleagnus is still attracting and insects that are in the garden with its strong perfume.
A few plants are just plain confused, Ceanothus and Osteospernum shouldn’t be flowering now, nor should this Salvia!
A very happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, January 2013, to all my fellow bloggers. Thanks to Carol for hosting; why not check out at May Dreams for other posts to bring a little sunshine into our lives.