This post is my 300th posting. It is hard to believe I finally hit the 300 mark. Since we moved to South Carolina I missed two anniversaries. I started this blog in early December 2008, so am into my fourth year. It has been a great adventure and I am really glad I started blogging. The wonderful friends I meet every day in the blogging world are just amazing.
This coming spring I will get to meet many of the garden bloggers at the Garden Bloggers Spring Fling! It is like getting to meet a penpal face to face.
Today is the 15th of the month and that means it is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, please make sure to go to Carol's blog. She has been hosting this great gathering for a long time! I just checked her sidebar, GBBD has occured 81 times! wow.
So let's see what is blooming in South Carolina -- First is my favorite spring weed. This was taken along the roadside while walking the dogs. (Three dogs, a camera, and holding my jacket as it was warmer than I thought) These little flowers have four petals, ranging from lavender to dark purple. I have checked my sources and I do not have a firm ID. I think it is in the Houstonia family, but it is blooming in February! Any ideas?
Bloom day in the winter wouldn't be complete without another shot of my lovely Daphne odora. Her blooms are few now, but I have great expectations for winters to come!
The Muscari I planted last year are starting to bloom. They are circling a sundial next to the driveway. If you look closely you can see some black ears...my shadow, Newton.
I believe this is Narcissus 'Foresight' blooming now. I have three daffodil blooms open right now...but just wait a month!!
The red flowering Quince has some swelling buds. Can't wait for them to pop open.
Over the last two years we planted eight Osmanthus fragrans, Tea Olives. These guys have been blooming since last fall! Their fragrance is out of this world.
Coming into the backyard you find the Edgeworthia chrysantha. I shared the close-up before, but I wanted you to see the shrub in its lovely naked winter glory. I love this plant. In the summer the leaves are large, oval, kind of velvety, and blue green, shading the ferns under them.
Many of the hyacinths are coming up. I have pink and dark pink.
Here is another view of the Edgeworthia,(there are two) along with the Sarcococca hookeriana, soon the Sarcococca will be blooming. Right now the buds are plumping, getting ready to open. I made this photo larger... see the umbrella looking thing in the background? It houses some Carolina Jasmine and a native honeysuckle. Can't wait for it to be covered!
Lower in the garden towards the water are the other Hellebore, they are really blooming a lot more than last year.
One plant that hasn't done gangbusters, yet, is my Pulmonaria longifolia 'Diana Clare'. She is full of buds this year and one is open.
While I was walking around the garden I noticed I had some company. These little anoles will rustle the leaves and I think somebody is walking up on me. They are fun.
Blooms that you don't think about as 'blooms' are on my shrubs. This is the Myrica cerifera, Wax myrtle.
And this is the Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon', busting with flowers.
Some forsythia in our area are blooming and mine, well, one of the buds is just about open. Spring is on its way.....
Thanks for joining me on this Bloom Day. I appreciate all the comments you all share. This blogging experience has been a wonderful trip...here's to 300+ more!!
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