Friday, February 15, 2013

This and That for Bloom Day

In our household, we use the phrase "a little bit of this, a little bit of that" to describe a host of situations.  It's most effective when used with a slight shrug of the shoulders and a couldn't-care-less attitude.

"What are we having for dinner?"
          "A little bit of this, a little bit of that."

"What are you doing today?"
          "A little bit of this, a little bit of that."

"Did you buy anything when you went shopping?"
          "A little bit of this, a little bit of that."

You see, that little phrase comes in quite handy!  

Obviously, my garden has picked up on the habit, because for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, it has what some may consider winter blooms, and other blooms that are considered spring blooms.  In Texas, they all run together - a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.  See for yourself:

Spring Snowflake (Leucojum vernum)

Pansy

Hellebore

Hardy Cyclamen

Camellia

Daffodil (Narcissus)

Iris (Iris albicans)

Phlox (Phlox subulata)

Grape hyacinth (Muscari)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum)

Violets

 Pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria)

Candytuft (Iberis)

I rarely show every bloom in my garden, but I felt like they were all working so hard to bloom in February, that they deserved the recognition.

It may just be a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, but there's no shrugging going on here!  There's no couldn't-care-less attitude, either.  These blooms are telling me:

"The garden is waking up!  Come on out and play!"  

And that's just what I'm going to do today!




74 comments:

  1. It's so nice to see all the pretty blooms you have right now. Still a while to go here but it makes it seem closer.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Effectivement, dans ton pays, le printemps s’annonce avec les premières fleurettes. Je comprends ton plaisir de pouvoir commencer à jardiner. En France, il fait encore très froid et dans mon jardin je n'ai qu'un pied de bruyère en fleur.
    Belle journée jocelyne

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    1. Ah, but you can grow heather! It is too hot here for it. But, yes, I am very happy that spring comes early here. I don't like the cold!

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  3. You are so lucky to have so many things in bloom! I like them all but that camellia is spectacular! Since I don't have much blooming in my garden, I really enjoy seeing things blooming in other gardeners' gardens. Thanks!

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    1. The camellia is my favorite, too. But when the irises and daffodils all start blooming, instead of just a few, they can put on quite a show!

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  4. I can never get over the idea of camellias as outdoor plants - or their blooming during snowdrop season. Amazing. Beautiful garden.

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    1. I am very thankful I live where I can plant out camellias in the garden. I don't do well with potted plants, so I probably wouldn't have these plants otherwise.

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  5. Wow - what a lot you have in bloom. A couple of those would be considered early summer flowering here!
    That Camellia is just gorgeous - I've lots of buds fattening up on my Camellias a couple of months from flowering though!
    What a delightful cheery blog. Thank you!

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    1. Those fat buds on the camellias seem to take forever to open, don't they? Such anticipation!

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  6. In the spring we are in the mood to celebrate everything that has survived the winter! Let the growing begin :)

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    1. You're right! We're so happy to see something blooming, we don't mind that a few things didn't make it (like my azalea)! ;)

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  7. Lots of pretty little things in flower, we have the loropetalum over here, it looks so pretty in the nursery as all nursery plants do, but I don't see many growing in gardens.

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    1. I wonder why that is. They are all over here, and they are so easy to grow, they are in a lot of commercial plantings, too.

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  8. Your February garden is just beautiful. I see that we have several plants in common. Don't you love the fact that Bloom Day gives us the opportunity to compare the plants in our gardens with others around the country and world?

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    1. I do! I feel sorry for those that are covered with snow, and then there are the ones on the other side of the world, with opposite seasons. Always something interesting to see!

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  9. Lucky you to have so many blooms. Happy GBBD.

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    1. February has been nice, so far. I think the groundhog was right this year - spring is coming early!

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  10. Hello I love the chinese flower stuff... lovely color. I have to study it to see if it will like to live in Normandy.
    bye. barbara

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    1. I am not sure how cold hard it is. It is very popular here in the Southern U.S.

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  11. Your gardens are beautiful and I see that we have many plants in common.
    Thanks again for visiting and Happy GBBD to you!

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    1. Isn't it fun to see the gardens that have common plants? Always gives me an idea of what else I can add to my garden!

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  12. You are so right. You have plants blooming that we won't see for two months and others that are blooming right now.

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    1. Our late winter and early spring gets mixed together, because it gets so hot so fast here. The soil warms up quite quickly.

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  13. Your 'Little bit if this and little bit of that' - spring garden looks very much like mine, just a bit earlier! We are quite late here in London this year, and I can't wait for spring to take off properly!

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    1. Late in London - and we are early here. I hope you don't get the repeat of rains that you did last year. And that those rains come to us!

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  14. Really beautiful!
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  15. What a lovely selection! It would make a beautiful spring posy if you were to pick some :)

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    1. I rarely have the heart to pick blooms. I want them all out in my garden! That's where I am most of the day anyway! :)

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  16. Well worth showing every bloom, at this time of year we all need every little bit of Spring promise we can lay our hands on! Love that Chinese Fringe Flower, gorgeous contrast between flower and leaf. Happy GBBD!

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    1. I just couldn't leave any of them out - I was thrilled to see each of them!

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  17. I do like the Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum), not a plant I know but very pretty. Christina

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    1. I love those bright pink blooms, too. It really glows when the whole bush is in flower.

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  18. Beautiful photos! Looking at them has a really cheering effect on me :) Your photos reminded me of spring.
    Greetings and have a nice weekend!

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    1. It's almost spring here! I'm hoping winter doesn't make another entrance!

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  19. My goodness Holley I see spring and summer blooms if these were growing in my garden...I am growing frigid air and snow still here...I think once March comes there will be an abrupt change to spring...I am ready and hopeful!

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    1. It won't be long until March! I love how you're "growing" snow! :)

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  20. Wow! Look at all your lovely blooms. Nothing here yet.

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  21. Thanks for dropping by my blog Holly,the daisy, by the way is Bellis a small aster that we use as winter bedding. Have looked at your February plants all I can say is what a wonderful mix of plants.

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    1. Thanks for identifying it for me! I love asters - I will have to look this one up!

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  22. Really lovely! I'm intrigued by the Chinese Fringe Flower - reminds me so much of Witchhazel.

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    1. It actually is in the witch hazel family! It's just pink instead of yellow! :)

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  23. Nice blooms but I do like the spring snowflake especially!

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    1. They catch my eye every time I walk by. I have several clumps there, and they are finally filling in nicely. :)

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  24. Come out and play! I want to. We have sunshine today, after so much rain, but temperature is in the 30s, with a heavy biting breeze. Still winter, and too cold for me. But spring will be here very soon. I think yours has arrived sooner than mine!

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    1. Brrr! 30's! It's been up and down here, between 50 and 70. On sunny days I get to go out and have fun!

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  25. O, you are lucky to have already so many springflowers. Your Camellia and Leucojum are already in flower.........I think I have to be patient and wait a couple of weeks more.

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    1. A couple of weeks will fly by! It won't be long now! :)

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  26. I'm so glad you went out to play in the garden, and shared your lovely photos with us, Holley. The 'Carolina Jasmine' has awakened here. :-)

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    1. Oh, I don't have a Carolina Jessamine, but I love seeing it bloom!

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  27. I enjoyed seeing your little bit of this, that and the other in your February garden. Your loropetalum reminds of witch hazel and the flowers are such a glorious colour :)

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    1. I think the flowers are exactly like witch hazel, except they're pink. Loropetalum and witch hazel are in the same family - it shows, doesn't it? :)

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  28. I love your little bit of this and that, so pretty! Things are still very white around here and will be for a long time to come, so it's great to see your garden in bloom.

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    1. I would have to come up with another hobby if I had a long winter like you, Karen! You must be a very patient person.

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  29. Your little bits were fantastic. You've certainly got a little going on in your garden right now. Beautiful blooms.

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    1. There does seem to be more this year than in the past two. I think spring is coming early this year!

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  30. Be still me heart! Lorapetalum is a plant I absolutely lust after but cannot grow here. Much of what you do have blooming that I can grow is still a couple of months away but the way time flys it will be here fast enough.

    Happy GBBD!

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    1. You're right, Sue! It will be here before you know it! :)

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  31. You really do have a great amount of blooms going on this time of year. I like the numerous white blooms you have, they show so nice against the new green of the foliage.

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    1. Yes, there's something fresh and crisp about white, especially paired with green in the garden. I am anxiously awaiting the big display of my white irises. They can really put on a show!

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  32. So beautiful to see all these varied blooms! We're still under snow here, but the past few days have been warm and sunny and it's all melting quickly. My Scabiosa doesn't bloom until end of July or early August, so it's interesting to see it in your garden at this time of year!

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    1. Interesting that your scabiosa doesn't bloom until late summer. It generally blooms all year here! I love it - it's the hardest working plant in my garden!

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  33. You have incredible number of flowers in your garden along with all the roses. Have you changed the template of your blog or is blogspot giving you trouble as well?? It has messed up my page.

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    1. No, I haven't changed the template lately. You can never tell about Blogger. They must be having another change coming soon!

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  34. I don't know what blooms we'll have left after Saturday night when it is going down to 29 degrees in Florida, in February. Most certainly that will kill all the azaleas that are just beginning to bloom. So sad...

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    1. Oh, I hope it only touches that low temperature only for a few seconds, and that it doesn't harm anything! The perils of February.

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  35. I love it, at the moment we only have a little bit of this!

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    1. It's a bit early - even for us! I'm enjoying it, all the while wondering how hot it will be this summer!

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  36. It's great to see so much blooming in your garden. I'm glad you showed everything. I love the grape hyacinths. They remind me of cheerleaders shouting, "Spring is coming! Spring is coming!"

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    1. You are right! They are cheering on spring! :)

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  37. What fun blooms you have! I hope you had great time out in the garden among them!

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    1. I did. It's been quite lovely here lately, except for the few days it's rained. And we never have enough rain, so I never complain about that! :)

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