Saturday, February 2, 2013

Beautiful blooms in the early spring garden...

Even though we officially have to practice 45 more days of gardening patience until we reach spring, Central Texas seems to be unaware that it's winter.

We've had a two or three freezes at our house - barely - but it's been a warm, dry winter.

And last week we were in the 80s, breaking a winter high record at 81.

But the garden perseveres and plants know what day it really is.

Reliable like clockwork, my Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) is the first harbinger of spring in my landscape.  Dotted with compact pink buds and a few blooms that have already freed themselves, it's a pop of brilliant color in a subdued and mostly dormant garden.

What's exciting you in your garden today?


9 comments:

Steph@RamblingWren said...

Love your Quince blooms. I just planted a Quince last year and it is getting ready to bust out in bloom.

Linda/patchwork said...

So pretty.
I'm ready for some spring. And, it would be nice if the yoyo weather would go away. Still have to get through February, though.

Have a great weekend.

Shirley said...

The quince is pretty. I have quite a few things blooming today. Many plants never quit.

Lancashire rose said...

pretty blooms on a spring day. 45 more days? Very scary! I can't possibly cover my whole garden if we get a frost!

Diana said...

Linda/Patchwork -- I know I am being lulled into a false sense of spring!

Shirley -- Thanks - some of my plants have had one or two tiny blooms on them, too, like some salvias.

Lancashire Rose -- Ha! No, you can't cover it all. I expect I will be as sad then as I am content now!

kacky said...

45 days. You would never know it this weekend. Pretty buds/blooms on the Quince.

Diana said...

Kacky -- It was great to be outside doing a tiny bit of gardening and cleaning up.

Shana Randell said...

Love the blooms! Good thing spring is almost here! Even better!


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Janet QueenofSeaford said...

I planted some quince a couple years ago....one is plump with flower buds, the other two, just barely showing some colored buds. Love your quince.