Friday, January 29, 2010

Colors of Winter, Promise of Spring

Could I find a rainbow in a mostly dormant garden, without the bright hues of Spring?

Pursed lip red Camellia buds await warmer days to reveal their true color.
Those in a more sheltered spot have already begun to open again.


Lorpetalum is putting out tentative buds and will bloom until after the azaleas of spring. Orange leaves shed as new green comes on.

Dogwood leaves stayed green until well into the winter, the freeze turned them burnt orange.



Violas survived the freeze, bright orange and yellow in the sunshine.
Look! There's hyacinth foliage just above that leaf.

Variegated yellow leaves on a rooted cutting from the old euonymous that used to form hedges here. Spiderwort will soon put on buds, while shasta daisies await warm spring days.

Greyed greens of rose campion and spanish lavender complement the greens of a mossy stone.

Blue foliage of dianthus 'Bath's pink' spilling over stone is joined by California poppy seedlings of almost the same hue.

Glorious blue skies are marked by a vapor trail above Little Gem magnolia foliage.

Purple violas with yellow faces complete the spectrum.

This is my take on the winter Rainbow Garden Invitation from Rebecca @ In the Garden.


Go! See lots of rainbow posts linked at her blog.

20 comments:

  1. Those are great photos! I'm so excited for spring, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi Nell Jean, Thank you for your wonderful contribution! I really love the picture of the orange dogwood leaves looking out over an inviting green space. You pictures make it look like spring is just around the corner! :) Rebecca

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  3. Theres no way I could get rainbow colours in my garden at the moment

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  4. Like patientgardener, I don't think I can find a rainbow in my garden...
    I have the orange of the Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena', the white of a few snowdrops that hesitate to open there buds, and there are some evergreens. But where I found 20 different blooming species at this time of the month two years ago, hardly anything has flowers now.

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  5. Nell Jean. your oictures are always so wonderful. I can dream of green, I can see green at garden show, but we still have at least 6 weeks of snow. Love the post. jim

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  6. Great take on the rainbow invitation. How nice to be able to find a rainbow outside now!

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  7. A beautiful rainbow in your winter garden is a promise of more blooms in the forthcoming spring.

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  8. Beautiful plants! I love dianthus 'Bath's pink'. I have it spreading in several areas, an d the smell when it blooms in the spring is heavenly!

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  9. Nell ~ You really have a gift for sharing your gardening knowledge, and I enjoy learning from you either by your words or pictures. Your gardens are always a treat.

    FlowerLady

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  10. Tonight's news said it would be 20 degrees colder in Atlanta tonight --where we used to live-- than here. Our summers are torrid, but the winters are not quite so bitter.

    You are all so gracious to say nice things about my gardens. I don't show you the parts that are dead from frostbite, nor the parts the dog dug up.

    I hope spring comes early, once we get through February.

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  11. You make me feel spring is truly just around the corner! Thanks.

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  12. Nell, You've outdone us all -- finding a rainbow of color in the January garden! Well done! -Jean

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  13. Georgia on my mind... January rainbow blooms fresh picked too! How did I end up here... 2 degrees... -12 windchill... you and Flower Lady tending lovely buds and blossoms... Sigh! It is lovely to continue to see rainbows in our blogging world. Very nice selections and photos Nell Jean.

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  14. NellJean - That camellia is beautiful. I just bought and planted my first one. After seeing that they are cold hardy AND beautiful, I was sold. I also am starting with some bulbine for my limited sunny area. I just learned that it can be divided. That's good news to me. Thanks for sharing your garden. This past freeze was pretty discouraging I hope we get through February quickly.

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  15. What a pretty camellia :D I was so glad to discover these shrubs...seeing beautiful, bright flowers blooming in the wintertime always makes me so happy!

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  16. Hello Nell Jean,

    You still have so many beautiful colors in the garden, in the middle of January. That is wonderful. I do just love how Violas perform in winter. I have mine featured in pots in the front entry. I love your yellow and purple violas.

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  17. These are wonderfully encouraging signs of spring. Meanwhile here, the predominant colour is...white. Quite amusing, but also a bit exasperating.

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  19. Oh to have those colors right now to marvel at. THat is a rainbow worth seeing. Thanks for the winter pick me up.

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  20. Oh it's so exciting to see spring arriving there in your garden because it means someday it will come to mine!

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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