Bloom Day – January 2015… for the most part, a study in red and pink.

Officially, it is still winter, but it really doesn’t feel like it. Things are moving faster out there due to unusually warm temperatures this side of Christmas, and I haven’t skied a single time due to lack of snow on the mountain. I think I’m definitely a four-season person – I really do like a decent winter to break things up a bit. I suppose we are only halfway through January. Things could still change, so I should stop whining! Anyway – the garden… This is what is abloom, or close to it:

My Yuletide Camellia - on its third month now, so you are probably sick of seeing it in every Bloom Day post. I still love it, though...

My Yuletide Camellia – on its third month now, so you are probably sick of seeing it in every Bloom Day post. I’m still infatuated with it, though…

Same with this one; Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'. It keeps going, and going...

Same with this one; Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’. It keeps going, and going…

Like clusters of miniature grapes, the buds of Grevillea 'Scarlet Sprite' are covering the plant. Still not open...

Like clusters of miniature grapes, the buds of Grevillea ‘Scarlet Sprite’ are covering the plant. Still not open…

...except a very few that glow a beautiful red. I'm giddy with anticipation!

…except a very few that glow a beautiful red. I’m giddy with anticipation!

The Edgeworthia is coming along...

The Edgeworthia is coming along…

... and underneath it some bulbs are coming up. I need to either move them, or cut back the Edgeworthia - it is completely smothering them!

… and underneath it some bulbs are coming up. I need to either move them, or cut back the Edgeworthia – it is completely smothering them!

The Daphne is covered in buds...

The Daphne is covered in buds…

... and a Heather I for sure thought I had killed has made a remarkable recovery.

… and a Heather I for sure thought I had killed has made a remarkable recovery.

It is the time for Hellebores - this one has been around for a while...

It is the time for Hellebores – this one has been around for a while…

... whereas this one is new from last year.

… whereas this one is new from last year.

Last but not least - a blooming house plant; Billbergia nutans 'Queen's Tears' surprised me by blooming! Who'da thunk???

Last but not least – a blooming house plant; Billbergia nutans ‘Queen’s Tears’ surprised me by blooming! Who’da thunk???

Snow horse I made when we had more snow on the mountain than we do now. I'm letting him tag along on this post to entice the weather gods to dump some of that white fluff on the higher elevations for me to play in. I'm totally fine with them leaving the city alone, though.

A snow horse I once made when we had more snow on the mountain than we do now. I’m letting him tag along on this post as an offering to entice the weather gods to do what they are supposed to do – dump some of that white fluff on the higher elevations for me to play in. (I’m totally fine with them leaving the city alone, though.)

For other blooms from around the world, click over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Happy Bloom Day! (Only a day late…)

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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19 Responses to Bloom Day – January 2015… for the most part, a study in red and pink.

  1. Alison says:

    Happy late Bloom Day! I should pull my Queen’s Tears out of the corner I shoved it into in the greenhouse, it hasn’t been watered since October. I love the flowers on it, you have so many.

  2. Rose says:

    I would never get tired of seeing your camellia–how I wish I could grow them here! In fact, you have so many blooms that I can’t grow that I must admit to being envious. On the other hand, I do have snow:) Not that you could do much skiing on our flat ground unless you like cross-country skiing. Happy Bloom Day, Anna!

    • annamadeit says:

      🙂 I actually miss having snow – maybe not all the time, but at least here and there. So many of my shrubs look so much better against that white background. And yes – I would love to go cross country skiing now and then. It is a wonderful balm for the soul! Happy Bloom Day to you too, Rose!

  3. mattb325 says:

    I love that variegated Daphne…I think I might have to add that to my (ever-increasing) plant wish-list!

  4. rickii says:

    Is it wrong to adore the ‘Queen’s Tears’? She weeps so beautifully.

  5. Kris P says:

    I’m very impressed by your snow horse – I hope he brings the results you seek. One of my Billbergias is preparing to bloom too – but it’s outside, which tells you something about our weather.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh thank you, Kris! I always wanted a real horse, but snow horses are as close as I got. 🙂 How cool to grow Billbergias outside… I’ve also learned that Amaryllis survives – and even multiplies – in the ground down there. It makes me a little bit envious, but then I remember that we have more rain, and then I don’t feel so slighted!

  6. Lea says:

    Looks like you are mostly pink, your blooms I mean! Very pretty!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Lea

  7. Loree says:

    Oh love that Grevillea ‘Scarlet Sprite’ is it outside, in the ground?

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes it is, Loree! It’s outside, in a built-up, bottomless metal planter, pretty close to the house. The icy winds we had don’t seem to have damaged it at all. It is covered in buds, so my hopes are high!

  8. -e- says:

    You have, once again, inspired me. Heading out to the garden to take a few pictures!

  9. Peter/Outlaw says:

    What is it with girls and pink? (I read that on a blog…) Your blooms are all gorgeous. Yuletide is one that I never tire of seeing; what a great jolt of color in the winter and that Grvillea is to die for!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Peter! Yes, it is no secret that I struggle with pink, but this year, I pledge to open my heart to it again. Writing that pink post was the beginning of big change. For me, liking the reds of Yuletide et.al comes easy. This year, my challenge to myself is making vignettes with pink flowers look as amazing as I can – thereby training myself to be as excited about pink as I am about red. Perhaps I’ll fail, but I will at least give it a try!

  10. Pauline says:

    We have so many plants that are the same for both of us, it’s amazing! I love your snow horse, we never get enough snow to make one unfortunately, maybe 5 yrs ago, but none since.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Pauline! Yes, this has been a terrible snow year, indeed. Luckily my garden projects gives me more than enough to keep me busy! Happy gardening! 🙂

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