Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bloom Day February Post Two Freezing Nights

Ten days ago gardeners in this part of the country were starting to wonder if maybe spring had come a little early. Two days before Bloom Day winter returned.

Worst hit were camellias. Blooms that were wide open turned brown. Partly open buds have brown edges now. Tight buds are opening up as if nothing happened. A few days of warm opens new blossoms.

Bloom Day Camellias

Bloom Day Daffodils

Daffodils were prettier last week than this, but more are coming on every day.

Bloom Day Hyacinths

Earliest Hyacinths are done, mid-season hyacinths are just opening,
Some are just coming out of the ground. Just like Daffodils, the season can be extended by planting cultivars that bloom at different times.

Loebner magnolias that were open were ruined by the freeze.
New blossoms have already started opening.
All the buds do not open at once, fortunately.

Tea Olive is more sensitive to heat than to cold. Smells so good!

My Rosemary is a shy bloomer. This is the only bloom seen so far.

Shrimp Plant is a tough tropical under cover of pine trees.

Bloom Day February 2012
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Do go see the other gardens. What a treat!

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  1. Love the colours of those Camellias. The Tea Olive is a new one for me. It has such lovely little flowers, and they're perfumed as well ... what a treat! It was great to see those lovely Daffs and Hyacinths ... oh how I wish I could grow those here.

  2. Your camellias are beautiful! And I love your hyacinths, too! I planted some this fall - I'm anxious to see them bloom. And my rosemary never blooms. What's up with that? Your magnolia is so pretty, too. And your daffodils look like they're putting on a great show! Happy GBBD!

  3. It is always so disappointing when a freeze comes after flowers have started opening. I was worried last weekend with the projected freeze warning, but luckily clouds moved in, and it wasn't too bad - no plant damage. We have a lot of the same plants blooming except for the daffodils. Mine just started coming up.

    Always Growing

  4. Late freezes are so cruel to those beautiful blooms on the Camellias. My magnolias aren't anywhere close to blooming.... so their blooms are not affected by the cold.

  5. I know how you feel, my hellebore looked flat and the blooms were drooping after a cold frost. Of course, they came back as it warmed up, but they looked very sad.

  6. I agree Nell, a wonderful splash of colour here. Camelias I have never grown but have seen the cold damage to Magnolia flowers. Always such a shame. I guess if everything grew and flowered perfectly each year then gardening would be dull.

    Looks like you've got a great space there for growing crocus - I can see grass/lawn in the background :-)

  7. I am soooo envious of your camellias. Mine bloom early in winter, really seems fall to me, and that's all she wrote. Down the street, a neighbor's enormous bush begins blooming after the first of the year and is still at it. This is a bush right out in the sun and never a bit of care. Well, I don't give mine any care, either. :) I raise my tea cup at your sweet olive, precious, precious gifts.

  8. The camellias are so lovely--I hope the freeze didn't harm them too much. At our old house we had a beautiful magnolia tree that bloomed every other year, it seemed, because we would invariably get a frost that same week. I was always so sad to see the beautiful blooms turn to brown mush. So good to see so many signs of spring in your garden!

  9. The way the weather is changing, many a time my plants are fooled into blooming, only to get burnt or drenched. Your daffodils make a pretty header. So nice to see daffodils, hyacinths and camellias growing so well in your garden. We struggle to grow these plants here - they don't like our hot weather.

  10. I think we all are confused this year - the plants and us. We had a freeze a couple of days ago and it damaged the blooms that were open but new ones are opening and looking nice. Love your camellias. That's a big camellia bush you have. Have a nice day.

  11. Oh, to bad about the frost! But it sounds as if everything is recovering well. Happy Bloom Day!

  12. My daffodils and hyacinths are still coming up here in the desert, but no blooms yet. But my rosemary has been blooming since December!

  13. They are all beautiful like those dainty drooping whites, but i love most the rosemary. I don't know its requirements as i always see them flowering in blogs from temperate climates. I haven't seen any blooming rosemary in this country, you might know why this is so! thanks.

  14. that magnolia blossom is so pretty. i don't have one in my garden, but i bet our recent cold snap ruined a lot of those in charlotte. the star magnolias were almost at peak bloom, janes were still in bud...will have to get out and check!

  15. We have some flowering mush here and there from the two day cold snap that just past through too. Now it's mild and your header.

  16. Oh dear, that's always my fear when we have a very early just never know when winter will stage a comeback! Luckily, it looks like you've escaped too much damage...happy GBBD!

  17. Oopsie... I see the Florida betony in your hyacinth picture... Hate that stuff.
    I don't have it in the new garden, but I can tell you from experience that nothing kills it...

    You might try digging the tubers as a snack... I've eaten them sliced into a salad, and always wanted to try them scrambled into an omelet.

    If you run out of things to post about, you could try posting your adventures with that stuff...

    nice camellias and daffies!

    1. Don't rain on my parade, Stone. There's not only FL betony, there is dichondra, oxalis, chickweed, bittercress, wild geranium, Bermuda grass, dandelions, red sorrel and numerous others. I can't eat three acres of Florida betony. I'll just let hot weather beat it back along with the chickweed and wild geranium while I work at ripping out the others.

      There's a 30 foot bed where centipede grass crept in from every direction. I may fertilize it heavily with nitrogen fertilizer and watch the centipede grow itself to death. I may dig it out. I may remove the flowers and let it be a lawn. I love that I have choices and only myself to impress.


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