Monday, March 15, 2010

Bloom Day Ides of March

Caesar: The ides of March are come.
Soothsayer: Aye, Caesar, but not gone.
—Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1

The Ides of March brought an abundance of blooms following recent rains and a few days of temperatures in the sixties. I've shown many of the different daffodils blooming here in recent posts. For those of you who like to see the whole and not just the blossom, I made distance pics with a very few close up so you can enjoy certain blooms.


Blue Delft Hyacinths and a Camellia. The grey haze at upper right is Dogwood in bud


White Camellia


Daffodils looking south

Daffodils looking north
At upper left is 'Leonard Messel' magnolia


'Ice Follies' daffodils with seedling poppies and larkspur

Magnolia stellata 'Leonard Messel'


Beyond the magnolia, you can see green haze of spring.


Sailboat jonquillas in the near view.
Loropetalum in the distance.


This is what I see from my kitchen window.


A closer look at 'China Pink' hyacinths

We studied 'Julius Caesar' by Shakespeare in Sophomore English class.


There's a poll on my sidebar that incorporates a popular poem about what causes plants to die. Be sure to check off any excuses there for a lack of blooms today.

40 comments:

  1. Nothing to beware on your Ides of March! Your camellias are dreamy!

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  2. That huge camellia is very impressive! The daffs there are really something too.

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  3. Dear NellJean, As you say, it is sometimes good to see the whole and to be able to appreciate a plant in context. Your camellias are indeed magnificent and must give you much pleasure.

    The Magnolia stellata 'Leonard Messel' is one of my all time favourites.

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  4. I always enjoy the wide shots when visiting blogs and you do a good job of giving us that view. I need to remember that for my own blog, but the wide shots always look better where people have some acreage. When I try it, there's always a car driving by, the neighbors trash cans sitting out, etc.

    That Camellia in the first photo, she's a pretty one!

    donna

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  5. Dear Nell ~ Thanks for the wide shots. Wide shots are something I lack in our property. I love seeing your daffies and the view out your kitchen window in great! What I really love are the blooms of Magnolia stellata 'Leonard Messel'.

    Have a wonderful week and a lovely spring.

    FlowerLady

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  6. Good Morning Nell Jean, It is truly wonderful to see your landscape shots!! I always love being able to see a garden this way. Beautiful profuse blooms!! I love the stellata and Camellia! All of your photos are so cheery! Lovely post! Carol

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  7. You have so many flowers! I’m still waiting for my magnolia stellata to open... Yours has very pretty pink color, mine is all white.

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  8. Beautiful blooms, things are really beginning to grow now!

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  9. I can almost smell those Hyacinths.

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  10. How lovely your garden looks! You have whetted my appetite for all that's to come. You're so far ahead of those of us in Southern Ontario!

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  11. That looks like a "secrets of a bulb scatterer" post. Beautiful daffodils! I planted 50 bulbs last fall and I'd rather scatter seeds...Hats off to you!

    Happy bloom day!

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  12. NellJean, Your flowers are beautiful! I especially like your picture of the camellia with the hyacinths. It's gorgeous!

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  13. Good morning Nell. I am so guilty of some of those reasons my plant died. I was almost afraid to own up to it. LOL! You Camellias, Magnolias and hyacinths are so pretty.I so wish someone would come up with Magnolias to bloom in zone 5. Your grass is really greening up too.
    Lona

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  14. Wonderful springy photos again! I can't wait for my own camellias to grow so large! They're takin' their time!

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  15. I love that camellia. LOVE it! (And the magnolia, too... but the camellias look so exotic to me, since I can't grow them up here.)

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  16. nell, I love your long views...and the blooms look splendid. I've tried the magnolias but every other year their blooms are killed by late frost that I gave up! The star magnolias are my favorites. gail

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  17. ps I loved the poem checklist! gail

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  18. Nelljean..Your White Camellia's are my favorites, they are so beautiful.

    I bet those pretty China pink hyacinths smell delightfully intoxicated!

    love your blog..Happy bloom day!

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  19. It all looks wonderful and very springey, Nell Jean. What a delightful poem/poll too. That Leonard M. is a gorgeous being! Seeing the daffs really brightened a dreary day, thanks! :-)
    Frances

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  20. As always, beautiful garden flowers Nell Jean, and I chuckled all the way through the new poll!

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  21. aloha,

    you have alot of beautiful blooms coming from your garden today and it looks like alot of sweet smelling blooms also...thanks for sharing....i love the magnolias, they are striking and i'm sure must smell heavenly?

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  22. It's so much fun watching how spring has already arrived in other gardens while knowing it's on its way here in Connecticut. Love your photos.

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  23. I admit to coveting your Magnolia. I had to leave my homestate to see one in bloom for the first time. They are still just about unheard of here. I am trying M. stellata 'Royal Star', we'll see if it survived the winter next month....

    Christine in Alaska

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  24. It's so much fun to imagine walking through your garden and breathing in the hyacinths.

    I love that gardening poem too!

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  25. Oh, I just love the blue of the hyachinths and the white camellia. I think the violas are my favorite though :^)

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  26. It looks like spring has sprung in your area. So many beautiful spring bulbs.I wish we could grow them in Central Fla. That large camellia bush in the first photo is quite impressive. It must be really old to be that size. Thanks for visiting my blog...I look forward to visiting you often.

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  27. If it weren't for daffodils blooming in our yard in northeast Oklahoma, I'm not sure we would be out there bundled up in March.

    Every year we buy more, plant more, divide the old ones and put them in new places.

    Today there must be 500 or more in bloom. It's such a joy.

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  28. That top photo is a killer Camellia!!! What a beauty. I like your Magnolia. We have one of those in the Learning Garden, Leonard Messel. Ours is not close to being ready to bloom. Last year our Stellata Magnolias were blooming now....this year, nope.

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  29. Your yard looks like a spring composition. I also enjoyed your recent post on your daffodil friends. Thanks for the possible ID on my frilly daff. Sounds like you know a heck of a lot about them!

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  30. Nell, I am so amazed and impressed with how your daffodils have multiplied and grown more beautiful over the years that we have been discussing daffodils.

    Mine came up this year, but not many blooms. I don't know if I need to feed them, move them, or add new bulbs, but I am sure you will have a suggestion or two for me.

    I have to tell the secret to everybody; Nell is a real authority on daffodils, bulbs in general really, and she has helped me for years with variety selections and information on how to plant and cultivate them. All bulbs are special to her.

    I am really in awe of those daffodils. They remind me of when we lived in England, and the woods in the spring would be full of beautiful daffodils!

    Oh, Dear! I feel the planning urge coming on. Like the year I planted over 1200 bulbs.....

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  31. Nice to see the landscape shots to put things in perspective - after all, that's how we see the garden in "real life". Love all your daffs - they're my favorite spring bulb. My Ryneveld's Early Sensation looks like it might bloom in a couple of days but, other than that, nothing's even close to blooming - so I've enjoyed seeing yours :-)

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  32. Nell Jean, you have such a lovely garden -- and you've just made me so excited, thinking about the dogwoods in bud, and soon to bloom. They're my favorites. :)

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  33. Just wonderful display. I can almost feel the fresh spring air. Love that magnolia. so pretty.

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  34. I'm excited to see the springtime arriving in your garden--you have a terrific start. Even where I am I had dozens of Ice Follies for a decade or so--It's one of the few daffodils that comes back in our warmer climate, but it didn't survive having a foundation for a room addition poured over them. Maybe time to plant some more next fall.

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  35. Very nice photos. I'm still in macro mode, a single flower on the plant, but buds starting to form everywhere. It's interesting to see so many garden bloggers with daffodils. Not a surprise that so many people have daffodils, but it reminds me that gardening is similar despite all so many of the different climates we all garden in.

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  36. Nell, thank you for posting the landscape shots, I love to see your garden, instead of just the flowers. I find it so much more interesting.

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  37. Your daffs are nice, especially against that fresh green grass, but I really love seeing shed-size Camellias! Happy GBBD!

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  38. Hi again Nell, Oh… so many I liked here! Loved to see the delft blue… I’ve had that at some point and the scent is wonderful. Ice follies were new to me last year and I love them now too. Always love to see Camellia and Magnolia flowers :-D

    Now though, I do love the way you have planted scatterings of bulbs. Nice effect. Particularly like the hyacinths… Mm… I wonder if they’d be happy below grass or gravel :-D

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  39. I can smell the hyacinths! :D :D Lovely daffodils.

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  40. I love your large clumps of spring bulbs. I'm going for that in the garden. I took a few wide shots of my garden, but there's so much ground, the flower get lost. Your shots look lovely!

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