Friday, January 15, 2016

January Bloom Day 2016

Less than a week ago, we had warm weather, too warm for January and blooms started to pop open prematurely, Azaleas and the like. Brugmansias had not received a signal to go dormant and were full of blooms. Two nights of freezing temperatures took care of most of our blooms.

Indoor orchids tend to bloom this time of year. These are my only blooms so far.

Cold nipped most of the Camellias but some few hardy ones are still pretty.

Taiwan Cherries are a little ahead of schedule, here with a frost nipped Camellia.

Raindrops on Taiwan Cherries 

Most of the tropicals are toast, except for Red Shrimp Plants.

Freeze-dried Julia Child. 

Most of the Durantas are mush, this one still has some blossoms and seeds.

Old-fashioned Narcissus doesn't mind a little cold.

Happy Bloom Day. 


  1. It surprised me that the shrimp plant can handle the cold. Happy GBBD!

  2. That Duranta flower is still so beautiful!

  3. Lovely blooms in spite of your cold temps.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

  4. Julia looks good freeze-dried.

    Our weather has been up and down too.
    Today it is definitely down and tonight will be around 10°. A few days ago it was flannel shirt weather. I suspect it is hard on plants and animals more so than just getting cold and staying there.

    Enjoy that greenhouse!

  5. Beautiful blooms! Sorry about your frost. I'm hoping for no more freezing temperatures this winter and wish the same for you!

  6. Guess what, Peter? Tonight we are scheduled for 25º --it can get worse.

    Alison left the door open again. Good scapegoats are hard to find. We have to have enough winter chill hours for the peaches to set fruit.

  7. Oh my goodness, you already have narcissus in bloom! Suggests spring will start moving this way before we know it. Thanks for sharing your blooms with we northerners whose gardens are under snow at this time of year. -Jean

  8. How beautiful your flowers and property is. I miss having a garden now being in a condo although I do not miss the work of maintaining a building, shoveling snow, etc. I try to have cut flowers in all the time but still no substitute for watching the seasons return your good friends the flowers.

  9. It's nice to see blooming in this season, Jean. Your plants are hardy enough and especially daffodils are, here in North they open their buds as soon as snow melts.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog!

  10. We have had the mildest winter this year, compared to those of the past 10 years or so. I am o.k. with 81 degrees in January and February. I only despair when it is so warm and fools the plants into setting buds, then Mother Nature smacks us with sub-freezing temps and we lose all our fruit. I seldom really complain about the weather, for fear that we will get something far worse.


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