Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - February 2015

If you just look out the widows into the garden it doesn't appear that much has happened in the garden since I last wrote and well, it hasn't. Yet if you bundle up and stroll through the garden as I did today you would be happy to see that despite the cold weather spring is testing the area.
The ends of the pussy willows are popping. It is so fun to find these sweet soft expressions of spring beginning to open. 

Around back Diane is attempting to unfurl her red lacy blooms. She was fooled as was most of the garden with a few days of sunshine. Last night the temps dropped to 5F with a wind that was blowing a gale. The feels like was in the minus section. 
The poor little Snowdrops decided to just lay down in the duff and await better temperatures. 
Now if you come on inside where the temperatures are nice and toasty you will find the orchids abloom. This orchid has waited 3 years to bloom again. I don't know why it didn't like it's conditions but it finally has given some beautiful blooms. 

What is blooming in your garden/home today? Anything or are you one of the unfortunates buried in snow? "They" say we are to get some of the white stuff tonight. We will see. Fortunately most snows have gone around our area this year.

If you are craving some more spring beauties and some garden talk pop over to Carol's May Dreams Garden where this 15th of the month meme all started. Get your blooming fix and start your monthly bloom journal with her and all that participate. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - January

This GBBD is nearly a repeat of last month's blooms. Yes, the Orchid is still blooming and I am still awaiting the other Orchids to decide to pop open their buds. A bit of surprise though is the Christmas Cactus that is starting it's third round of blooms since I brought it inside for the winter.
You can see behind the blooms and buds of the Christmas Cactus the begonia is still going full force. 
 I loved the shape of this Pancake Kalanchoe before it began to elongate. It had those big pancake shaped leaves all stacked up. I was so surprised to see it growing tall after I brought it into the house this fall.  It is getting tall and setting lots of blooms on this tall stalk. I thought it was doing this because of lack of light. So I got on the net and read about these plants. It seems it does grow tall like this, blooms and then dies sort of like the life cycle of some agaves. I am pleased that there are several pups at the base of this plant. I wonder how long it will take it to go through this cycle? 

As you can see in the background of these pictures the sun is shining today. It is quite a lovely winter day. Not too windy and warmer than it has been. These conditions made for a nice sashay through the garden to look for anything blooming outside.
This odd looking little bloom is on a Witch Hazel that is supposed to be Jalena. It isn't too exciting but it is nice to have a tiny blossom in January anyway. This is the shrub/tree that the lower part blooms in fall. This is the upper bloom. Weird but anything blooming in January is wonderful.'
I looked over the Helebores. The only one that has even a bud is Ivory Prince that is growing right beside the concrete patio. 
The Prince is a hardy soul and he takes full advantage of the heat generated by the concrete patio. It won't be long and I will have a full fledged bloom here. 
The Snowdrops aren't so lucky as to be beside the patio. they are out in a garden bed that is still frozen but they are trying their best to open.
I hope you are having a nice winter's day to enjoy the garden. If you need some more winter inspiration go to Carol's May Dreams Garden and see all who link their monthly blooms.