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…
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…
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.
The Stachyrus salicifolius with its decorative rows of soon-to-open buds. This is one of those that excite me!
The Clematis ‘Appleblossom’ has nice, juicy buds, but is nowhere near open yet.
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.
Lovely, fragrant Sarcococca peeks out underneath the leathery Magnolia foliage.
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!
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.
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.