Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pink Blossoms and the First Narcissus


Taiwan cherries, Prunus campanulata are the first of the spring blooming ornamentals.
 Taiwan cherry tolerates heat better than other flowering cherries. USDA Zones 7B-9.

 
Notice the rain drop?

Paperwhites are the first narcissus in bloom.
These were forced a couple of years ago, and salvaged.
Shoots of other daffodils are springing up everywhere.


Weather has not been kind to camellias this Winter,
but I wanted you to see this seedling's first blooms.

19 comments:

  1. Oh those cherries are just scrumptious delicate beauties. Your camellias look wonderful from a Connecticut vantage point!

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  2. Those cherry blossoms are lovely -- they look just like little bells. My P. mume is -- or was -- in bloom. Snow wouldn't get the flowers but temps in the low teens will.

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  3. The camelias look great from here, too. Lovely blossoms and, yes, the raindrop adds a special touch to the photo. Very nice!

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  4. Pretty Camellia. Glad to see it blooming.

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  5. Nell you are months ahead of me - I'll probably be showing photos of daffodils in the middle of April. Must be lovely to look out at all of these new blossoms.

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  6. Nell, I love those cherry blossoms, and the camellia blooms are lovely.

    FlowerLady

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  7. Ah, you have lovely signs of spring!

    Here... 10 degrees tonight and 5 inches of snow/sleet is on the ground. At least the sun is shining!

    Cheers,
    Cameron

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  8. What beautiful blooms of spring. The cherry blossoms are so pretty. I like the dark pinks.I so wish we could grow camellias here. Maybe one day they will came up with a more hardy variety.

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  9. The Camellia is a seedling? How exciting! And the flower is amazing. What else is amazing is seeing the paperwhites in bloom. That bodes well for spring in this winter weary brain. :-)
    Frances

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  10. If I didn't love the snowcover we have these days, I would probably envy those beautiful spring flowers...
    We have to wait very long this year, but the white blanket in the garden is a fine alternative too...

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  11. Dear NellJean, Returning to your site has made a lovely end to my Sunday evening. Your pictures are so refreshing after the grey of winter and do, indeed, confirm that spring will arrive for us all.

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  12. Lovely new bi-colored camellia seedling. I know what you mean about the weather not having been kind to the camellias... poor things have brown picotees around their petals, and the buds just ready to open got blasted again by the ice.

    Beautiful cherry blossoms. What a cheery sight for the start of a new week. :)

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  13. Nell Jean, Lovely post ... makes me believe it is always spring somewhere in the world. Can't wait for it to come to my corner. Pamela x

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  14. We had a very grey day today, overcast skies and temps around 40 degrees, will be near freezing tonight. In a day or so, it will be mild again. I like my winter one day at a time.

    Seedlings take forever, Frances. It took more than 10 years for this one to come to bloom. Some have never bloomed, a red one is loaded with buds, in it's third year of bloom.

    Spring comes earlier to us -- then we get triple digit heat while the rest of you are enjoying Spring, the last of May. It all evens out.

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  15. I'm impressed by everything, as always, but especially that you coaxed the forced narcissus into flowering for you again. Maybe it's the gentler climate that you have--I did have tulips come back once or twice (I always try) but never paperwhites. Mine are reclining on the compost heap now.
    And of course we can't grow camellias up here except under glass, so I let out approving sounds of awe mixed with a touch of envy.
    May I interest you in a spare snowdrift?

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  16. Nell...you give me hope. I should be 2-3 weeks behind you. That is a gorgeous camellia.

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  17. What a breath of fresh air, looks like spring, it will be awhile before we see that here in Iowa. I do have paperwhites blooming inside.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I do remember Prodigy and Compu Serve (was that the name?). I used to post at the Garden Web but have not been there in ages.

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  18. I'm so thrilled to see spring arriving in the southern garden blogs, as it gives me hope that it will eventually arrive here too. I can't wait!

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  19. Will you leave a comment - when you see if your Bulbine survived the frost? Here's hoping it will!

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