I noticed that many of you had pansies and cyclamen for Bloom Day. I haven't any cyclamen, but I have orange violas. On the ends of the bed are purple and white with a bit of orange.
I was so envious of Noelle's Valentine Shrub that blooms from Christmas to Valentine's until I remembered our Loropetalum. Magenta fringes clash beautifully with orange leaves that will be shedding soon. Olive green leaves turn purple as the weather warms. The fringes persist, at their peak in Azalea season late March.
We have no snow, but white petals carpet the ground under the camellia tree.
That blonde swirl near the bottom is Buffy's tail, escaping the camera.
When there's a freeze, the open blossoms turn brown.
The tight buds survive to open in the next warm spell.
This camellia was a seedling. I can hardly wait for it to open because it is a pretty red.
You could see last year's bloom Here.
There were others: a little skipper, nectaring on sheltered pentas that frost has not yet touched; lantana montevidensis and the last spikes of salvia leucantha, bits of pineapple sage and salvia coccinea; a clump of white alyssum -- I should go sprinkle alyssum seeds everywhere, they're quite hardy. All these are familiar things you have seen before, except for the skipper. Wednesday morning, I kicked at the mulch under some roses and behind salvia farinacea, still bravely sending out blooms. When the mulch moved, out fluttered a tattered Gulf Fritillary, safe under pine straw.
Last bits: Cuttings of Persian Shield are rooting in the greenhouse, other begonias have moved inside along with bits of chartreuse alternanthera. Brazilian ruellia survived the cold very well last winter. I should have taken cuttings for the red blooms inside. Dwarf daylily and variegated lirope will be fine.
Mostly begonias, with an Emerald Phildenron at far left,
palms and pentas at the top, some bits of licorice plant.