Bloom Day – February, 2017

Thank heaven for foliage, I say – as far as flowers go, it is slim pickings here this February. As probably just about everyone else from the Pacific NW can attest to, this has been a whopping kind of winter. While there would be many things in bloom in a more normal year, the things that are still undamaged here are substantially lagging behind, time wise. So, are you ready? Here we go – probably the most pathetic Bloom Day post ever…

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

Starting out, the Camellia ‘Yuletide’ stands out as an absolute trooper! Through ice, snow, and freezing winds, it shines on.


A wonderful green-flowering Hellebore is on its way up. Forgot its name…


This one is further along than any of the other ones.


This little guy is just peeking above the layer of dead leaves.


The Edgeworthia surprised me by not freezing its buds off. It always has in past cold winters, even though I tried to drape sheets over it to protect it. This year, I didn’t do any such thing, and it seemingly sailed through its troubles. I don’t know what to think…

Edgeworthia in bud

The only thing is that it’s a bit flattened compared to what it used to be. No wonder, considering what it has had to hold up. Both ice and snow are awfully heavy.

Stachyrus salicifolius

The Stachyrus salicifolius with its decorative rows of soon-to-open buds. This is one of those that excite me!

Clematis 'Appleblossom'

The Clematis ‘Appleblossom’ has nice, juicy buds, but is nowhere near open yet.

Erica 'Kramer's Red'

Kramer’s Red Heath is going full force, even though it’s quite small.


There are things hiding underneath the large downed Magnolia branch. It’s about 5″ across at the breaking point. We just pulled it aside for now, and I’ve been snipping off twiggier parts with my loppers to fill our compost bin a little bit at a time, one week after the other. As you can see, there is still a lot left, but just today, we got a chainsaw in the mail. Hooray!


Here are the buds of a yellow Hellebore that narrowly escaped the weight of the branch crashing down.

Sarcococca flowers

Lovely, fragrant Sarcococca peeks out underneath the leathery Magnolia foliage.

Daphne aureomarginata buds

Daphne aureomarginata is never a very photogenic plant on any day, but noteworthy at this particular time is that it didn’t get burned in the many, extended freezes we had. Now, how the hell did THAT not happen, I wonder…? Not open yet, but good things are coming soon!

Mahonia 'Charity'

Sweet Mahonia ‘Charity’ has bloomed throughout the entire winter, and is now just about done. It did well – I am very grateful for its graces – which is why it is included in this post.


Indoors, a number of Amaryllis I rescued as they were being thrown out, are rewarding me.

Amaryllis bud

Crappy photo, but I really love how their petals form little cages before springing into a fully open flower.


And those lovely South-Africans, my friends, will finish up this month’s Bloom Day. Head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what else is blooming around the world.

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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22 Responses to Bloom Day – February, 2017

  1. Lea says:

    Lots of pretty things there in your garden.
    My Clematis is just putting forth a few leaves. It will be awhile before I have buds
    Have a great day!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! This is one of those evergreen Clematis. Only this year, the howling winds ripped a lot of the leaves off. Not completely, but it did rough-handle my sweet plant quite a bit. I consider myself lucky that the buds are still there!

  2. indygardener says:

    I can see that winter has been rough on your garden but there is still a lot of bloom coming on. Thanks for sharing them with us for bloom day!

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, thank you for always hosting! It’s such a fun meme! I realized for the first time this year, how fun it is to go back and compare year from year. It made me fully realize just how remarkably different this year was – wow!

  3. bergstromskan says:

    Amazing what you can find, when you start looking 🙂

  4. Tina says:

    You’ve certainly had a whopper of a winter, but still, some floral goodness there. That broken magnolia is a sad sight, though. I imagine your Portland garden will get back to the PNW beauty in short order.

    • annamadeit says:

      I sure hope so, Tina. With those big branches gone, the front yard has taken on a completely different, more exposed feel. It will take some finagling to restore some of its former intimacy.

  5. Evan Bean says:

    Oh dear, that poor magnolia. Not to mention all the plants underneath it. Drat, I forgot my Sarcococca in my bloom day post. Total space case yesterday. Yuletide is such a beautiful camellia. I love the single red blooms.

    • annamadeit says:

      You know what the great irony of the situation is? Before Christmas, a couple of women stopped by to ask for magnolia leaves for the wreaths they were making and selling. I gave them what I could (without cutting everything within reach off), but then, to supplement, I also cut back my Sarcococca rather heavily, knowing full well I would miss their fragrance later. I wish I had their number – I now have a spectacular supply of magnolia foliage from high up in the tree already harvested and ready to go, but very few Sarcococca flowers. If only the storm damage would have happened before the Holidays. I doubt very many want magnolia wreaths now…

  6. A chainsaw in the mail? Ha! Poor Magnolia, poor plants under it. Poor you!

  7. rickii says:

    Your Stachyrus salicifolia has me green with envy…and I already have plenty of green (flowers, not so much).

  8. annamadeit says:

    It’s a beautiful shrub! I was lusting for it for years before I finally found one at HPSO’s Hortlandia sale. Maybe you can find one there again, this year?

  9. No matter how vicious Mother Nature is, the garden finds a way to surprise us. The Sarcococca and the Edgeworthia are wonderful survivors and I can attest that hellebores like your climate, tough as your winters can be, better than sunny SoCal.

    • annamadeit says:

      That is so true, Kris. I’m completely flabbergasted over both the Edgeworthia and the Daphne. There simply is no reason for them to look as good as they do, after a winter like this. I don’t know what to make of it!

  10. Chloris says:

    Lots of nice plump buds ready to pop. Roll on spring!

  11. rusty duck says:

    Not pathetic at all and once you’ve had a chance to get out and do a tidy up I bet it will look fine. Us Brits are not trusted with chainsaws in the mail. We have to go to a dealer, pick it up in person, be seen to be half way decent, receive the training, buy all the safety gear..
    I just bought Camellia Yuletide this week. She looks a cracker!

    • annamadeit says:

      She’s a good one, for sure. Blooms and blooms and blooms for months! I think you’ll likely love her! The chain saw was disassembled, so I need to put it together first. Hopefully I will get some cleanup done this weekend! I think my healthy dose of respect for power tools of any kind makes me a good candidate to wield a chain saw. Hopefully, I didn’t jinx anything by saying that…. Yikes!

  12. Peter Herpst says:

    Not pathetic, just full of promise and hope for the future. Hooray for the chainsaw! While I have a healthy respect for the tool (kind of scary the first few times you use it) the time saved is amazing!

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