More February blooms – crazy huh?

To all my friends east of the Rockies – this is not meant to mock your wintry, icy situation. Instead, when we’re dealing with water shortages this summer, you in turn, can be grateful for all the groundwater replenishment you received this winter. Over here – not so much, I’m afraid. Only 5 days after the official Bloom Day (it is a blogger meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens ) my Daffodils are up and out, Hellebores and Edgeworthia continue to dazzle, the buds of my Genkwa Daphne are turning violet as they are getting ready to open, my Rubus lineatus (which I usually have to cut all the way down after a normal winter) is sprouting new leaves on old growth, and so on. I hope you can snuggle up with a hot cup of tea, and enjoy the photos in their capacity of things to look forward to, as you deal with snow, arctic winds and icy temperatures. Hang in there – it will get better – soon!

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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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16 Responses to More February blooms – crazy huh?

  1. Tamara says:

    Man, your new camera ROCKS, not to mention the camerawoman behind the lens 🙂 Very compelling photos, I especially respond to the first edgworthia photo with the bamboo in the foreground…nicely composed, my friend!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thank you, dearie – you are so kind for saying that! It is true that the camera rocks, and I will always be grateful for the fact that photography now is a digital sport – with plenty of room for mistakes and opportunity for retakes and editing. Had this been twenty years ago, I can promise you that the quality would have been different. Not to mention that it would have taken days to even KNOW if anything turned out! For that, and for your kind words, I’m grateful! 🙂

  2. Wow! You sure captured the action in your beautiful shots.

  3. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Laura – that means A LOT coming from you! 🙂

  4. Benjamin says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Great photos! This post will help me make it through the deep freeze we’re currently smackdab in the middle of 😉 Cheers, Ben

  5. mattb325 says:

    Such fantastic photos! I love the edgworthia – and I am eager to see your genkwa daphne in bloom – it’s one of the plants I have been hunting around for! Spring certainly is in the air

  6. Alison says:

    It’s so true that we may have a very dry summer indeed, if we face a water shortage, we’ll probably be on short rations. I have fat buds on my Daffodils, but they’re not open yet. But soon.

    • annamadeit says:

      Maybe we’re all going to have to take a crash course in how to grow desert plants? Plantoholic as I am, I’m dreading a future where we might have to bid some true faves goodbye, because they are no longer feasible. On the good side – my daffodils were not ready for Bloom Day, but they sure are now. It won’t be long now… 🙂

  7. Kris P says:

    Spring is advancing like Sherman’s army here too. Are those pussywillows in photo 15? And what’s that lovely bright pink thing in photo 20?

    • annamadeit says:

      #15 shows the beady buds of a Genkwa Daphne. There is a closeup of the one closest to opening on #18. (Sorry – I posted the pictures in a completely random order.) When it opens, it has a lovely, Easterbunny violet color and blooms on bare branches. The pink is a Heath – Erica ‘Kramer’s Red’, I believe.

  8. Snow and ice here so I will have to vicariously live through your photos. Love the shot of that may apple pushing through its winter cocoon. It looks like a birth minus all the blood and screaming.

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – I thought it looked like a birth too, but when I posted it on Plant Porn, everyone started making penis-references. I suppose it could swing both ways… 😀

  9. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Summer may well see us short on water but for the moment, I’m sure enjoying our mild winter and early spring. Great photos! The podophyllum shots are spectacular no matter which way you look at it.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Peter! I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t enjoy our early spring at least a little bit – even if it scares me. About the Podophyllum shots – I thought it was really funny how our personal experiences color our associations, and whatever you happen to see, you’re right! 🙂

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