Sunday, January 15, 2012

Anything Blooming Now?

We've had a night or two of freezes!  The top of the fish pond has been iced over for the last couple of mornings.   Is anything blooming for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day?  Does any plant bloom in winter?

To my surprise, the answer is yes!



Scabiosa is still blooming beautifully.  No damage whatsoever.




Blanketflower is still blooming, but barely.  Most of the blooms were lost to the freezing temperatures.




Salvias still look beautiful.




And do you see what's behind that salvia bloom?




That's right!  An iris is sending up its spring shoots!




This particular camellia is located in a protected area, and still looks good.




And not really a bloom, but the hollies have more berries on them than I've ever seen!




Of course, the pansies are blooming.  Showoffs!

That's all that's blooming today in my garden, so maybe not a lot, but I am quite pleased that my garden still has blooms at all.  Will my garden have blooms all year?  I don't know that answer yet.  Last year February was the hardest month for my garden, which is typical of Texas.  So, we'll just have to wait and see what February brings!

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  1. Oh that makes me anxious to see my Iris bloom. They are such beautiful flowers. I have Heather blooming.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. I love this iris - it's a pretty shade of purple. I am so worried it will start blooming then a cold front will come through! I guess I should trust that plants know what they're doing, but we 'mama' gardeners worry about our 'baby' plants! I wish I could grow heather. It gets too hot for it here. I always wanted a big field full of heather.

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  2. Wow! Iris! Salvia! Scabiosa! What strong plants! I have alyssum, campanula, pansies and hardy fuchsia blooming right now.

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    1. Well, I need to start growing some of those. Most of my plants have not quit blooming from fall!

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  3. That's a lovely salvia, and your iris looks like it will be blooming any time soon. The frosts on this side of the pond have put paid to most of the summer plants that were still blooming, but at least it will soon be spring.

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    1. This is an early iris. I wish it would bloom a bit later, but I love it anyway. I think it will be spring very soon!

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  4. Your garden appears to be weathering the freezes well. It is lovely!

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    1. Yes, most of the blooms seem to have taken our freezes in stride. I don't think they lasted very long, just a few hours at the most.

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  5. That rich blue salvia is on my wish list although I think it would have been killed off by the frost here. Our camellia is not out yet but it's always worth waiting for. So it down to hellebores and snowdrops and some greenery. I think even the endlessly cheerful pansies have given up the ghost.

    You are lucky to have so much in flower, Holley

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    1. I wish I had hellebores and snowdrops in bloom! They signal that spring is coming. My blooms still think it's fall!

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  6. You have some nice color in your garden! I didn't know salvia would last so long. My blue ones are long gone but the red one hunkered down for the winter. Your iris must be on the same schdeule as my one clematis! Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. I sometimes wonder how the plants get their schedule! It's like they have no idea what day and month it is!

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  7. You do have some very early blooms. Last year my wild Iris bloomed very early, but not in January. Christina

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    1. I hope this one puts off blooming until for sure winter is gone. Of course, I don't know when that will be - maybe it's already gone - but I don't trust that the iris knows either! :O

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  8. Oby luty był łagodny i kwiaty w Twoim ogrodzie przetrwały. To wspaniałe oglądać kwiaty w ogrodzie w styczniu :-). Pozdrawiam.
    May February was mild and the flowers in your garden survived. It's great to see the flowers in the garden in January :-). Yours.

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    1. I hope February is mild, too. It would be fun to have blooms all year long!

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  9. Alas, not a bloom in sight for me. Can't believe you have salvia and blanket flower blooming. Enjoy your blooms!

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    1. I'm sorry you don't have any blooms! I think this is an unusual year for most to have blooms!

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  10. Your garden looks wonderful, and brought a smile to my face. I love pansies. Here we get hot drying winds and they shrivel, so I really love seeing them looking fresh and healthy in other people's gardens. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Yes, I can see where it would be too hot in your garden for pansies. I've actually been surprised that they are still happy here - it's getting up to almost to 70 degrees during some days!

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  11. Your garden is so beautiful. I love love love your header photo. That has to be the most amazing garden in the world. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Madeleine. That's very sweet. I love seeing that part of the garden come alive every spring. And every year I try to tweak it a bit more. I was quite pleased last year. We'll see what this year brings!

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  12. Lovely photos Holley, I particularly like your camellia :-) Lovely garden you have.
    My holly also got unusually many berries this winter, wonder if last year's unusual weather had anything to do with it, although I live in London...we had amazing weather in April, May and June, heat records over and over, dismal summer, and then heat records again for September and October. Very unusual, but we have been saying that about the weather so many years now so probable should stop :-)

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    1. I don't know why the holly had so many berries, but I do remember how many bees were around it when it flowered last spring. Perhaps the warm spring had something to do with it?

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  13. That holly is gorgeous! Is it a southern variety or would it survive up here in zone 5?

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    1. It is a dwarf burford holly, and unfortunately is only hardy to zone 6b. :(

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  14. Wow...so many blooms for January! Nice photos of your gardens. I especially like your camelia and iris-fantastic! Happy GBBD to you!

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    1. I love the camellia, too, and have so far this fall had at least one in bloom up through now. My japonicas are full of buds, but they are not ready to open just yet. I'm anxious to see them!

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  15. Some really pretty colour, and looks like some sunshine too!

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    1. We've had lots of sunshine. It's been quite warm here, really. It feels like spring!

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  16. What lovely blooms you have shared for January GBBD. Beautiful Camellia and Salvias, and an Iris almost ready to bloom! Fantastic.

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    1. I can't wait for the iris to bloom. I love this one, and wish I knew what it was - I'd get more!

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  17. Ahhh, to garden all year long. I would think your iris will bloom for you in February. Wow!

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    1. I think it will, too. I look forward to it!

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  18. maybe you'll actually have four seasons this year. not..

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    1. No, probably not this year. But - who know? It snowed last year after an extended fall!

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  19. Oh, I'm jealous! You've got great flowers!

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    1. This mild weather has really helped as far as blooms go!

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  20. I'm so surprised about your iris - that it soooooo early for that type. Your camelia looks as if it is unblemished by your recent frosts and is so pretty.

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    1. Isn't It early for the iris? It seems that way. I'll have to look it up and see when it bloomed last year. After the crocus, and they're not blooming!

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  21. Hi Holley, I am very surprised that the scabiosas, salvias and irises are blooming for you at this time of the year and despite the freeze that you were having! All you flowers look beautiful! It is so heartwarming to me to see blooms in the middle of winter. Thanks for sharing!
    Christina

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    1. It is very nice to see blooms in the middle of winter. I almost feel like I live in California! ;)

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  22. Looking good for January. I don't grow camellias, but yours look terrific. Happy Blooming.
    David/:0)

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    1. I do love the camellias, for sentimental reasons and for their color in the winter. I love having something to look forward to when everything else in the garden is dying down.

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  23. Can't wait until spring and I have more color to share--thanks for sharing yours! Happy GBBD :)

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    1. I can't wait until spring, either! I'm predicting an early one! ;)

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  24. Your garden is beautiful and I'm definitely envious of your camellia since they do not grow well here in San Antonio.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Happy GBBD.

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    1. Isn't it funny that Texas can have such diverse soil? I'm certain a geologist could explain it all.

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  25. We had temps in the teens in zone 8 last week.... I don't believe that you got the chill we got... I was posting great blooms that were protected from the frost by the magnolia tree (at my friend's house) up till then.
    Winter is cruel, takes away our pretty flowers and gives us straw...
    Pretty flowers, I'm partial to the salvia...

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    1. No, not in the teens! I think we got down to 28 or so. And even that wasn't but for a short time.

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  26. Jealous! OK, I'm tired of the snow now. ;-) Seriously, I can't imagine having Salvia blooming in January--how fun is that! Happy GBBD!

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    1. I love seeing snow pictures, but I'm not sure I'd like to live where it is snowy all winter. If I can find at least one bloom in my garden, I feel much better!

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  27. Dear Holley, Amazing blooms in your January garden! I have none in mine, and it's bitter cold out there, so your stunning photos made my day. P. x

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    1. Isn't it funny how the cold fronts come through right before Bloom Day?!

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  28. Love those scabiosa. They are one of my all time favorite flowers. They do bloom through light frosts. I had one blossom at Christmas in my zone 6a garden, but it was unusually mild.

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    1. How fun to have blooms at Christmas in your zone! The more I see these blooming in the winter, the more I want them all over my garden.

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  29. Very pretty, and I love your banner photo! Hope February isn't too bad.

    Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. I hope February is not bad, either. I'm already planning for spring, whether Mother Nature is or not! Hope I'm not disappointed!

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  30. You have a nice GBBD showing Holley. Sun too! We have had a good share of sun this winter and that is unusual. Today was so bright, but not as bright as your yellow pansy.

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    1. We have had beautiful sunny weather - and warm. 60's most days, or at least 50's, with a few in the 70's! It doesn't feel like winter out there!

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  31. Oh my gosh!!! Look at those flowers, love to see all of them but the iris is a favorite.

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    1. Mine too. I actually had an (different type of) iris blooming in December! They are as anxious for spring as I am!

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  32. Congratulations on still having some hardy bloomers! I've grown some of your plants in a warmer climate and never appreciated that they had such resilient qualities. I'm glad they're making your winter still a colorful place. Happy Bloomday!

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    1. I think bloom day does make you appreciate the resilient ones more! I'm always thankful if I have something to share.

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  33. Holley these are marvelous blooms much like my November garden before the hard freeze...I am cozy with my blanket inside and out...the one outside protecting my plants now...

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    1. I can imagine we've had temperatures much like your November. We haven't had much call this winter for a fire in the fireplace, or a cozy blanket.

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  34. you have several things blooming that I do not.... but I have roses... lots of roses...trying not to get toooooo uptight about the fact that spring has started and we have not had a proper FREEZE to kill off the pests and what not.... me thinks I need to take a wide eye stroll through my garden today.

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    1. That's the only thing I worry about - the pests that multiply if we don't have a proper freeze! Still, winter's not over yet. Last year it was mild until we got snow in February!

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  35. Wow! What lovely blooms you have already!

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  36. Hi,

    Lovely photos; it's so nice to see blooms at this time of year! :)

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    1. Oh, isn't it? Makes a gardener's heart sing when there's blooms in the winter!

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  37. Nothing's blooming in my garden, but I'm enjoying looking at your blooms, especially that first sunshiney picture. I've never heard of blanketflower. It's gorgeous with those bright red and yellow colors. Glad it survived the frost.

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    1. I should use the latin name - gaillardia. Most of the blooms were frozen, but just a few toughed it out!

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  38. Enjoyed seeing your January blooms and hope that February is not too cruel to your plants. The scabious looks as if it is blooming on a beautiful sunny summer's day :)

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    1. It's never very 'wintery' looking here! I hope February doesn't hold any cruel surprises!

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  39. Wow, some great blooms for January! You have some tough plants! My irises started budding as well, but then I think the freezing temperatures got to them, sadly, so I doubt they will bloom. Hopefully yours will have a shot!

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    1. Oh, I hope the freeze didn't hurt this iris. It's my very favorite one, and I only have one of it!

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  40. That is one brave (or crazy) iris! And YAY for camellia flowers! (They are a very pretty colour too.)

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    1. I love camellias, too. I'm just sorry it took me so long to put one in my garden!

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  41. It must be so nice to have something blooming, even in winter. Love the Scabiosa especially!

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    1. I love the scabiosa, too. I need to remember to buy more this year!

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  42. Wow - so many blooms! I have two violas in the ground, and a trailing lantana in a pot blooming - and that's it. Didn't do GBBD this month.

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    1. Well, if it makes you feel better, my lantana are brown sticks. They come back ever year, but they are the last to do so!

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