Monday, February 15, 2010

Fickle February Bloom Day

Mother Nature invites winter into her domain
Cohabits with coldness, wantonly sleeps with the frost
Yet finds cold winter, quickly falls to disdain
Invites spring to her bed…and tells winter to get lost -- David O Whalen

On Friday it snowed briefly and I wondered if there would be a blossom for Bloom Day.
Sunday turned all sunny and the flowers were out.
When I walked outside, I caught Tea Olive fragrance on the breeze.

Violas laugh at cold nights and a dusting of snow.

It was so hard to decide who would not be chosen for show.


Can you see the bee at lower left? I was delighted to see bees.


First Daffodils to open, start of a glorious season!

Many of the camellias were browned by the freeze, but...
A broader view of the camellias above, in the near view, right.

I don't usually do macros, but look at the fly and ant!
Below is a view of the buds of the white camellia above.



Fuchsia Fringes of Loropetalum and the little bells of Taiwan Cherries are still blooming
in the upper garden, but there's hardly time and room to show them again on Bloom Day.



White hyacinth buds and Rosy red, unharmed by the cold, are
joined by a container of forced hyacinths of the same Fuchsia color.

Happy Bloom Day, hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.
Visit her site to join the fun. 

51 comments:

  1. Lovely display ... such cheery violas peeping out and those gorgeous camellias showing their blooms. Wonderful.

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  2. I long to smell hyacinths and narcissus. Happy GBBD!

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  3. Dear NellJean, This is such a wonderful, cheering display of spring flowers and very warming on a grey, overcast day in London. The violas are my absolute favourites, their smiling faces an absolute joy.

    And yes, I did spot the bee!

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  4. Love the camelias! So happy that there are real blooms outside somewhere in the world (we've got snow, snow and more snow).

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  5. Lovely to have blooms and sweet scents. Thanks for the view - now just need smellavision.

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  6. nell, I agree with your comment over at Town Mouse/Country Mouse...The white loropetalum is better then the pink! We rarely see it for sale here in our nurseries...but I am going to try to find it. Have a good day. gail

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  7. are there more macros in your future? there are probably more bugs!

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  8. Oh to see Johnny jump-ups growing outdoors! I can't wait until the snow melts away and I see the earth again. Lovely post of spring flowers that brings hope to those of us still under blankets of white.

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  9. Lovely! I saw a bright yellow sulphur butterfly and a couple of bees yesterday, too!

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  10. You sure wouldn't think that you received snow. You have beautiful flowers blooming. I love your violas and the fuchsia fringes. Well, I could go on and on... We had nice weather yesterday, as well. It was nice to see the sun!

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  11. Those little violas are so pretty! And I for one love the macro with the bee & ant. Great show!

    Happy bloom day!

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  12. Nell your Camellia blooms are so pretty and just look at all of those bright spring viola's. It is wonderful to see flowers outdoors. We are getting another snow storm today ;-(

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  13. Oh, it's beautiful there and looks like my garden in March. Thanks for the preview. We had a brief snow yesterday too. Happy Bloom Day, Nell Jean.~~Dee

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  14. Hi, NellJean;
    What a treat to visit a garden where spring is truly in the air. And, those Camellias... I simply adore Camellias. Happy Bloom Day :)

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  15. Just beautiful, Nell Jean - what a treat to see all of those beautiful blooms. Thanks for the tour of your spring garden!

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  16. I'm a sucker for Hyacinths. I have some blooming in my bedroom right now, so the smell wafts over me at night. They're not blooming outdoors just yet. I love your photos!

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  17. The size and lushness of your camellias is impressive. I have no violas or pansies in my garden this winter season and seeing yours makes me wonder why I didn't get around to it. Seeing what February has brought you it bodes well for a spectacular March bloom day.

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  18. Fascinating indeed for petals to have different colors in a single flower. That purple to yellow flower is magnificent! ~bangchik

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  19. aloha nell jean,

    what a celebration for bloom day, i love all the colors and i think you did great with that macro shot...wooo hooo and a fly tooo, what a specimen ! (lol)...what a nice collection you have blooming today. I enjoyed reading your beautiful post today:)

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  20. I'm looking forward to seeing similar blooms once spring comes to CT, until then I'm enjoying your blossoms. Thanks.

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  21. Let the daffodil season begin. And viola season. Spring seems to be arriving

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  22. Hello Nell Jean,

    I absolutely love Violas and the color they provide through the winter and summer. The Viola in the first photo with the lavender edges is just beautiful. I haven't seen one that color before. My Violas are happy that warmer weather is on it's way.

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  23. Glorious spring blooms; I am a sucker for all kinds of Pensees, Violas and Heartsease. Here they have the time of their life in pots and baskets in autumn through winter. I wonder if you have trouble with snails with the Hyacinths. I wish I could grow all sorts of daffodils like your dark yellow one. Eearlycheer is the only one which grows for me. Anyway, it is lovely to see your beautiful spring garden.

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  24. I think Fickle February has been very kind to you. Oh, this looks like spring to me--wonderful! So nice to see violas that last through the winter, and it's especially cheery to see hyacinth buds and daffodils blooming. By March your garden should be in full bloom!

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  25. Nell Jean - just saw your poll; how about soaker hoses and/or drip tape? That's how we do it!

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  26. Oh, JP, I always forget some of the most obvious elements when I write a poll. I have soaker hoses everywhere.
    Once someone clicks on the poll, it can't be 'fixed' or added to.


    Not to worry, though, that gives us something to write about in a post. Post will go up soon. Thanks.

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  27. Don't you love violas? Nothing discourages them! Your camellias are gorgeous - queen of the Southern winter garden.

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  28. Beautiful photo's! And thanks for stopping by my humble blog abode! Happy GBBD!

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  29. Your flowers look great. i especially love the violas. Excrpt for August, we pretty much rely on rain to water our garden. The shade helps. jim

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  30. NellJean,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! :) I COMPLETELY forgot to list my Johnny-Jump-Ups in my Bloom Day post and I have planted them specifically for color in the winter! I enjoyed seeing your flowers.

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  31. I love that white camellia. And the dainty violas. And the poem at the top. Ha, I love all of it! I'm glad spring is on its way for you.

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  32. Oh what a treat looking at your February blooms Nell - it certainly seems that spring has arrived in your garden :)

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  33. Beautiful flowers! And so wonderful to have them for the bees and ants, and yes, even the flies! And those camellias; I may have to break down and get some. Happy Bloom Day! Linda (and send some snow our way, I don't want to miss out)

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  34. Oh I like those violas! They are lovely.

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  35. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thus leading me here. The circle widens. Love your snippets of poetry.

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  36. It sure looks like Spring there! I love all of those Violas, so sweet!

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  37. Thank you for the tour of your lovely "spring" garden, Nell Jean, and for visiting mine. Isn't it great to see the bees out? We need them so much!

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  38. Oh I bet those hyacinths smell just wonderful. It looks like a sunny spring day. Happy bloom day an droll on the real spring.

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  39. Daffodils! I forgot my daffies! I love your hyacinth - we cherished those in Scotland when I was a child, and living in an apartment. I still love that cool waxy smell.

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  40. NellJean, thanks for stopping by to visit. Ohhhhh-spring has sprung in your garden. Does anything say it like daffodils and hyacinths! I can smell them from here.

    What a treat to see bees already. I am sure they are enjoying the sweet nectar of your flowers.

    Your garden gives me hope that we will see spring one day soon.

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  41. It looks like spring is near for you too, Nell Jean. I just saw my first bee of the year yesterday, and it was on the bayou instead of my garden. Your macro photo is a wonderful slice of life.

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  42. I love the violas. And a bee is definitely a good sign of spring in full force. Happy bloom day.

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  43. Lovely pansies Nell Jean and I particularly love your white camellia shots with the two buds in different stages.

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  44. Ah Nell, thanks… I’m a sucker for violas! They don’t seem to particularly like my garden. Perhaps they don’t get enough sun in the areas I plant them. Great to see the bee visiting yours too :-D

    Surprisingly, I’m not in a hurry for Spring I quite enjoy this slower time in the garden. Your daffodil shot did make me smile though! Happy GBBD :-D

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  45. Nell, what a treat to visit a garden like yours! Beautiful violas and I loved the buzzers! The last shot is spectacular! So are the daffodils.

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  46. Being without a computer for a week has left me way behind in reading my favorite blogs. I did not want to miss visiting here on GBBD because I knew there would be something pretty to see and you didn't disappoint. Look at those three violas lined up like that? So cute. And I do see that they have smiles on their faces.

    donna

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  47. You have a lovely display of plants here NellJean. Oh there will be the most amazing scent once all the rest of those hyacinths are in bloom next week. I could not do without pansies at this time of year - I just love their cute little faces.

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  48. How lovely to see these blooming beauties and your green grass! It will be quite a while longer before we see spring blooms here.
    Those fuchsia hyacinths are gorgeous!
    I was trying to remember what I have in that color. A bright pink aster is the plant that comes to mind, but there are others, of course. I love that color! Fuchsias do well up here in the summer. My mom had good luck with them in the hot Australian climate, growing them in baskets in the shade under her raised back porch, but also in the ground. She struck cuttings of them constantly from all over and had quite a collection.
    Happy Bloom Day and thanks for stopping by!

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  49. Those violas and pansies are looking just lovely, laughing their little faces off at the cold. So many camelia blooms...while I don't like to see any get zapped by frigid temps, you certainly have many more to lesson the blow of the losses. Your daff is a bright beacon to light the way for spring...and those hyacinths...lovely! (I bought 2 in containers just yesterday, to put on my windowsill. I can see by the colors showing through the tips of the buds that I'll have a pink-ish one and a blue-ish one...and they can't come soon enough! Happy Bloom Day to you, Nell Jean.

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