Here's some of what's blooming in my garden this February. Mostly the same as last year but some of the camellias in last year's February bloom day post aren't ready to open yet.
This NOID camellia along with the inherited specimen present in a lot of older gardens in our neighborhood are the first of the Japonicas in my garden to bloom each year. The C. sasanqua 'Yuletide' is still full of bloom as well.
Galanthus have spread all over the garden (yea!) let's hope the Cyclamen coum behind will be just as prolific.
Helleborus orientalis 'Onyx Odyssey'
One of the first Hellebores I planted years ago.
Unnamed double pink seedling.
No open flowers on the Abutilon megapotamicum but buds still present. If we don't have any freezing temperatures, this one will just keep going.
The first crocus of the season are crocus tommasinianus or tommies as some like to call them. Just today, I noticed a few of the other crocus beginning to show some color as well.
Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’
Lonicera fragrantissima is covered with bloom this year. The fragrance is divine!
Speaking of heavenly fragrances, Chimonanthus praecox is also adding to the olfactory treat out in the parking strip.
On the other side of the walkway is Daphne odora adding sweet notes.
What to pick to bring in this Monday? Closest to the back door and easiest to access were these camellia blooms.
This large glass container has been gathering dust in a corner for several years now. Although not a classic martini glass shape, it'll have to do for today's cocktail, a Pink Martini.
Of course, one needs a bit of ice to make a martini!
Add a whisper of bitters and a lot of love.
Add gin. Stir or shake, it's your choice. I personally have never heard gin complain of being bruised in the shaker but I'm not a purist. Strain. Olive or no, it's your choice. Today I've added an unusual garnish.
To make a pink martini. Throw in a few compact disc cases as cocktail napkins and you've got a party. Pink Martini is also the name of one of my favorite musical groups from nearby Portland.
Happy new week, Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and Happy Gardening all!