Monday, February 28, 2011

Time Goes by so Quickly and Spring Can Do So Much...

Warm days hasten Spring bulbs into bloom. Yesterday's buds are open today.
Jet Fire and Tete a Tete. Jet Fire has orange cups.
Ice Follies in the distance.

I was seeing Erlicheer on the blogs of others. Mine have opened now. 
The stems are weak for such large clusters of bloom , so they lay down in the wind.

Above are Pink Charm and Ice Wings. Sail Boat not yet blooming.
This area will revert to grass when the daffodil foliage dies back.

Below are Pink Charm and emerging Rose Campion foliage.
Other summer plants will join Rose Campion to hide the dying daffodil foliage.

When I have mixed hyacinth bulbs, I like to separate them by color and plant.
These turned out to be shades of pink and lavender blooming happily together. 

China Pink hyacinths in a bed that will have pink flowers later
to attract summer butterflies. Hyacinths attract early yellow sulphur butterflies.

Wind laid over this Delft Blue stem.

When I plant mixed bulbs, I try to separate in clumps of one color.

Camellias have finally opened up. January's cold set them back.

Most of my camellia pics turned out badly. Maybe more later.
There are still tight buds on many of the bushes. 

One Redbud tree has blossomed.
Dogwoods are starting to show stamens in the center of buds.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Colors of Spring Bursting Out Here

It isn't Spring yet, but there are colorful blossoms everywhere.

Sulphur butterflies are out and attracted to hyacinths.
I couldn't get a good enough pic to show the butterfly.

Narcissus, an old cultivar, here for years and years.

China Pink, my favorite hyacinth.

Daffodils in various areas bloom at different rates.

Loropetalum above and below

Hyacinths come in such wonderful colors.

They don't all bloom at the same time,
just like the daffodils.

Delft Blue

Erlicheer Daffodils behind are just about to bloom.

There are spots and swaths of yellow all over.
A marvelous year for daffodils.

Deciduous magnolias bloom a few blooms at a time in case there is another freeze.

This is the year of the Daffodil. Prolonged cold in January was hard on camellias as was
scale insects. The cold brought out daffodils like I've not seen in years.

Ice Follies and large cupped yellow daffodils are outstanding. Juanita is a showgirl. Tiny Tete-a-Tete and Jet Fire cyclamineus daffodils are bright and plentiful. Erlicheer is just opening. Minnow shows promise, usually shy to bloom. February gold and Sweetness jonquillas are open. Ice Wings, Sailboat and Pink Charm are soon to bloom. Other cultivars are just coming out of the ground. If the warm weather holds they will open quickly or the blooms will blast. A shower of rain this morning helped. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snake's Head Iris

Hermodactylus tuberosus or Snake’s Head Iris is not a true iris. A Mediterranean native,  Hermodactylus tuberosus means Finger of Hermes. The tuberous root looks somewhat like the fingers of the human hand. The common name Snake’s Head is said to come from the unusual coloring and shape that resembles the head of a snake. Its pointed buds resemble snake heads with open mouths if you squint.

This flower is sometimes the “widow iris” for its somber color or “black iris” for its velvety black falls. Hermodactylus tuberose is a lovely perennial bulb with yellow-green, iris-like blooms and velvety near-black falls in early spring.

A great rock garden bulb. Would contrast well with white early-blooming companions.

Bud and strappy foliage.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Juanita and Friends Have Arrived

It isn't spring, but it's close. The awful cold we had in January seems to have made the daffodils better than ever. I have no new bulbs. Old bulbs look wonderful.


Juanita up close

Ice Follies. Some Ice Follies are in bloom and fading here. Others are just now budding.

Taiwan Cherry

'Leonard Messell' magnolia

Some of us are busier than others.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Buffy Finds a Surprise: Hyacinths!

We first found the first daffodil to bloom that isn't solid yellow.

Buffy sniffed out some early pink hyacinths that I hadn't noticed before.

I was bemoaning not forcing hyacinths indoors. We got an early treat.

Clumps of yellow are showing up everywhere. It's going to be a Daffodil Spring.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Daffodil Days

Daffodils are coming into bloom. Some are early. Daffodil season lasts more than a month here, with early and late cultivars extending the season. We start out with yellow trumpets. We'll have others still blooming by next Bloom Day if all goes well. Some like Van Sion have fat buds now. Others like Pink Charm just have leaves peeking out of the ground. Daffodil season is my favorite time of year in the garden. They begin with camellias and last past azaleas.

Last year on February Bloom Day, I had violas. This year I failed to plan and plant. Year before last, camellias and deciduous magnolias were in bloom by mid-February along with some hyacinths. They're late this year. All have buds but no open blossoms yet. We do have loropetalum and Taiwan cherries.

Taiwan cherries

Paperwhite narcissus are dazzling now.
To the right of these are foliage of Oxblood lilies whose blossoms appear in late summer.

Bloom Day is the colorful notion of Carol of May Dreams Gardens Blog, now in its 5th year of Bloom Days at Garden blogs around the world. Visit her to link up. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Glimpse of Spring

We went to Atlanta for a funeral earlier this week. The weather was cloudy with a chill wind. That night it snowed there but we were safe at home before bedtime. It only rained this far south.

Yesterday was another dreary day. Today the sun came out. I found this in the front yard.

These particular daffodils were planted more than 40 years ago by my late sister-in-law.

If anyone tells you to toss paperwhites that were forced in
water, disregard that advice in the South. These recovered.

Taiwan Cherries coming in bloom today.

I am anticipating a new neighbor nearby and known to me. She gardens!