Hey everyone, it's the middle of February and signs of spring are everywhere. Happy Bloom Day to you!
How do snowdrops find themselves growing in spaces between pavers?
Do you see the little green upside-down hearts just in time for Valentine's Day?
These are so tiny and cute but I wonder if they would be so widely planted if they bloomed in June or July.
In the devastatingly beautiful scent department the following three are tops. They greet me as I step out onto the porch and pass through the front parking strip to get into my car to go to work. Is it any wonder that I want to stay home?
Chimonanthus praecox earns the common names Japanese Allspice and Wintersweet!
Fresh lemony and sweet, the fragrance of Lonicera fragrantissima wafts nicely. The flowers aren't particularly showy but your nose will know that they're blooming !
Sarcococca confusa has a strong fragrance. This plant is often used in our February garden shows where, with all the people in attendance, the interior air can get a touch warm, making the fragrance overpowering. Small price to pay for the fun of a garden show in the middle of winter!
Viburnum x bodnantense 'pink dawn' is still going strong and is no slouch in the fragrance department.
Garrya eliptica has no fragrance but the tassels sway so nicely in the wind and remind me of dangly earrings.
The Hellebores also known as lenten roses are right on time as Ash Wednesday was on February 13. There are some varieties that are known as Christmas roses because they bloom even earlier.
Helleborous orientalis - sevaral. I realized that I didn't take any pictures of the nearly black and double "Onyx Odessy" or any of the whites. Oh well, there are more blooming out there.
No open blooms but Abutilon megapotamicum has been in all of my bloom day posts since July. Pretty special plant in my book!
Finally, the Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' that came home with me from Molbak's a few weeks ago is still blooming beautifully.May Dreams Gardens. Be sure to visit her site to see what's blooming in gardens all over the world!