Friday, January 15, 2010

January Bloom Day: Violas and Ice

A careful search of the entire yard turned up no blooms of any kind, except for the bed of Violas that I planted in November. The ones I covered entirely with pine straw have better foliage, the ones with an uncovered crown have better blossoms.








Last January, there were plenty of blossoms to display.
This year, Camellias have not recovered from the freezing nights that turned the open blossoms brown and hindered tight buds opening until they feel warmth again.

The buds of Taiwan Cherry are still tightly closed. Last year they were open by Bloom Day, as were blooms of Lantana montevidensis and deciduous magnolia 'Leonard Messell.'



Every year is different. I do have blossoms in the greenhouse: Begonias, Pentas and the still blooming Christmas Cactus and Amaryllis.

Freezing nights in the 20s F for more than a week are the reason for the lack of blooms. Despite a warm day today, we still had ice. Buffy did what she could to help remove it.







Many thanks to Carol for hosting Bloom Day every month. You can find links to many blooms in gardens across the world at her site, May Dreams Gardens.

Happy Bloom Day. I look forward to February and March.

40 comments:

  1. Just the title of "Violas and Ice" made me smile and happy, Nell Jean. (I saw violet and ice when I first read it and promptly got this vision of purple violets against snow and ice, very soothing.) I hope everything outdoors recovers from the cold.

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  2. The shot of your greenhouse more than compensates for the lack of blossoms in your garden! Lucky you to have one.

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  3. me, too! I can't wait for the days to warm and for the garden to wake up! it's good to have violas they seem to snap back faster then most plants! I looked at my camellia and the buds seem brown...I do hope yours survived! Happiest of bloom days toi you! gail

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  4. How lucky to have a greenhouse! It certainly gives you some terrific color when not much is happening outdoors.

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  5. Violas are tough little beauties! You could throw some of those in a salad. Mmmm....
    I hope your plant survive that cold snap.
    You have a nice variety of hothouse plants there.
    Rosey

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  6. Violas are tough little flowers.They look cheery even if they are a little shy this cold winter.
    Your greenhouse does give you the color you need now.

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  7. Interesting that the violas which weren't covered up had more blooms. I guess I'm thankful that my camellias hadn't started opening yet when the deep freeze started. I'm still hoping for the best for them. Your greenhouse looks great!

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  8. I do love Violas and I particularly like your lavender/yellow ones. Mine are holding up well too :-) How wonderful to have a greenhouse to enjoy beautiful blooms year-round.

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  9. That sweet dog! It made me smile to see him eating ice!

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  10. I'm dreaming of a greenhouse...here it North Florida the cold weather took a toll on my gardens too. I have only been able to find one Camellia bud,sigh.

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  11. Astonishing how tough those fragile looking violas can be... Love your greenhouse! :)

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  12. Violas are some of my favorite flowers- such faithful little bloomers. I'm sure you often wander into the greenhouse to drink in all that winter bloom.

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  13. Your greenhouse is just gorgeous! I'm so jealous.

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  14. Your blooms are lovely. I'm such a blogging neophyte. I didn't know it was "bloom day." I posted about a spider today. Haha! Oh, well. I'm in the same boat as you. Not many blooms right now, thanks to our Arctic blast. Just camellias and roses are holding on, though the Amazon lilies are in full bud.

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  15. wow! sure is different to conditions here ...

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  16. I guess Buffy has been a busy dog this winter. Happy GBBD!

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  17. What sweet, sturdy violas and a beautiful greenhouse! And what a funny ice-eating dog.

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  18. To say you have blossoms in your greenhouse is an understatement--what a feast for the eyes! Glad to see the violas blooming, too; I hope your garden has not suffered too much damage from the unusual weather you've had. Buffy reminds me of my Sophie--she loves chewing on any ice she can find outside.

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  19. Your violas make me wish for spring, but it will be a while yet before violas bloom in my neck of the woods.

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  20. I, too, look forward to February and March. I love your orange amaryllis, and you've made me want a greenhouse. Okay, I already wanted one. I admit it. Happy bloom day.~~Dee

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  21. What tough little plants the violas are! Isn't it nice to have an inventory of what's blooming online so that you can refer to it in later years? I'm finding that to be the case myself.

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  22. Cozy little violas! Hope your cold spell ends soon :)

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  23. So very nice to see all the violas peeking out despite the cold.They are one of my favorites!! The greenhouse does indeed look luscious-delicious for winter-hungry eyes.

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  24. Love that pine needle mulch! I need to gather up some from a neighbor and spread it around.

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  25. I think Buffy enjoys outside water like mine do...something magical about ditch water or birdbath water or puddle water. Love the Violas.

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  26. As I scrolled down your post and saw the colourful picture I thought, Oh, she's going to mention a flower shop she visited. Flower shop my eye -- it's your greenhouse! And now you have many of us green(housed) with envy. Happy blooms day, ye lady with "only" violas.

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  27. Buffy's teeth must be aching with the cold. I winced in syympathy!
    What a depressing time of year. Us gardeners are all raring to go and the stupid weather is anything but helpful.

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  28. I so love the variety of blooms and plants in your greenhouse Nell Jean! Lovely! Sweet violas! I would bet they will be fine ... hopefully the cold will pass soon. Happy Bloom Day. ;>)

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  29. Even down here in Raleigh this year we have had those cold mornings. But I am pleased to announce I had tomatoes well into December. My flower gardens however did not have the same hardy results that late into the season. We have some new grasses in that I can't wait till the spring to see how they flourish.

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  30. aloha nell jean, i see you have alot of happy and jam packed plants in your green house and still blooming....ship over to my place and i'll keep them warm for you outdoors:)

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  31. Thanks for visiting my blog. Love those pansies, but the dog is hilarious. What would we do in our gardens without our furry friends.

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  32. Thank you for visiting my blog Nell jean. I am cheered to know that I am not alone in struggling against unusually cold weather. I must get some Amaryllis going indoors for next winter! Happy Amaryllis day! Y

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  33. That amaryllis is a knockout, and what sweet little violas. I'm a big fan of pine straw mulch.

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  34. Saturday: Bloom Day is really interesting in the cold months. Bloggers are adept in finding blooms where unexpected. Enough of us had Hippeastrums that I declare it the Year of the Amaryllis.

    Lots of cyclamen, one Clivia that I saw, many house plants in bloom in bright windows all added to the fun. It made me sad to see mushy, cold bitten plants. They are not a novelty here. I don't make pics of dead things, I'll remember how they looked.

    I must write a post on the greenhouse. It's small and inexpensive, but it's grand when the weather is impossible. I have new thoughts since the protracted cold spell about what works. The cat enjoys the warm when the sun shines on cold days. He's enjoying a change of scenery today because the temp is the same inside, and out in the rain. The dog started digging; it seems that anoles burrow into the ground to keep warm.

    Dog was banished to play in mud puddles instead. We got a little damp, but I saw new daffodil foliage peeking out, and swelling Camellia buds starting to show that pursed lip color.

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  35. Seeing your greenhouse so full of wonderful plants makes me impatient to have mine in operation... things moving along, electricity and water lines in. But it'll be a while before another progress report. Love the little shy violas.

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  36. Hi NellJean,
    Your greenhouse looks so bright and cheerful! When I saw Buffy, I thought, wow, look at that big dog! What a cutie!

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  37. Hi Nell~~ I love your post. Your dog is adorable. Violas are such tough cookies aren't they?

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  38. Oh poor Buffy's mouth! I hope it didn't freeze her tongue! Your greenhouse looks spectacular, so much going on in there. Sorry for the damage, and hope everything returns to good health soon. I never know what to do with the violas, they sometimes will heave out of the ground in our constant freeze thaw cycle. This year it has only been freeze, so far.
    Frances

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  39. I'd love to feel the warmth of southern Georgia for at least a few days! Those were some cold night temps for you! Hope your Camellias recover well.
    How lovely your indoor plants are! Lucky you to have a greenhouse!
    Buffy is a helpful girl :)

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  40. You really shouldn't say "except for the bed of Violas".....they are too lovely to be an exception and, boy, would I luv to have them blooming in my yard in January.

    Buffy must be exhausted come evening, after a day of being an ice breaker.

    donna

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