Monday, February 15, 2010

A few early bloomers showing their colors...

This Garden Bloggers Bloom Day finds my garden rather sad, covered with the dreary blanket of winter that's covered us for quite some time this year. In spite of that, Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, invites us to brave the cold and see who's popping up in our gardens for a little bloom.

This Autumn Joy Sedum really should be named, Winter Joy, because she seems to love this winter weather. In spite of a freeze last night, today she's still bright and perky and posing for me.
My grape hyacinths from last year's indoor arrangement are still blooming strong, with lots of other bulbs yet to come from the original 3.
Ms. Phoebe Hellebore is still a sleepy little bud, but she's so close, I decided to stretch it a little and let her join in our bloom day fun.
Several more Daffodils have opened up, but the best is yet to come.
The Japanese Quince is in full bloom and beautiful.
The Leather Leaf Mahonia still has the most interesting blooms on it -- even more unusual with a reddish spent bloom on the stalk when the yellow bells are done blooming.

That's all that's blooming outdoors in my garden.

But I haven't shown you the greenhouse this winter, so I thought today would be a good day for a little tour of what's blooming there.
This Rose Kalanchoe has sent up a giant stalk and is blooming like crazy! And I have thousands of babies -- that fall off the ruffle-edged leaves into every pot I own. (Austin gardeners, if you want one I'll be bringing a bag 'o them to our design event.)
This is the annual impatiens plant that my Mom and Dad gave me 2 years ago in March when our beloved Sierra dog died. I've managed to keep it alive this long and it is amazing to see it in bloom like this.
This is the Bougainvillea given to me by Robin, of Getting Grounded, so it would have a sunny home in which to bloom. It misses you Robin, but its happy!
This is a Cowslip that I bought a few weeks ago at the Natural Gardener. I have no idea if it will survive the heat or the deer in my garden, but I had to have it.
Here's another close up of the Rose Kalanchoe - look at all those blooms!
And now we're indoors. This is the bouquet that my son (26) brought me for Valentine's Day. He came over yesterday and took his little sister (7) out to dinner for Valentine's Day -- just the two of them -- as a special treat, and they brought me back flowers. So sweet, those two.
And this is a rose from the stunning bouquet I got from my husband for Valentine's Day, along with chocolates and a singing card. I'm eating my chocolate right now as I post! I am so blessed.

Our temperatures have been about 10 degrees below normal on average here this winter, which put us down to freezing for several nights this week. Spring may be a little slower arriving here this year, but we have so much to look forward to.