Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Warm and Balmy January Bloom Day

This winter has been so mild for those of us in the Upstate of SC.  Today I was able to plant two crabapple trees, Malus 'Red Silver' and M. 'Golden Hornet' and two Spirea van houttei that I ordered in November.  While working in the yard I was happy to see my Daphne odora 'aureomarginata' was starting to bloom.    I thought I would walk around the yard and get a few photos of all that is blooming today.  Carol from May Dreams Gardens has the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day each month on the 15th.  Be sure to check out what is blooming from other bloggers.
Ozark witch hazel -- fragrance of cloves
Hamamelis vernalis

This is the first year to have this one in my garden (note the dog hair!)

Osmanthus fragrans still blooming and fragrant

Drain field-  see the Paperwhites?

Here they are, Narcissus 'Grand Soleil d'Or'
They are so small, will move them along the driveway soon.

Distyllium myricoides is starting to open, a member of the witch hazel family

Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' has been blooming since October!

Daphne odora 'aureomarginata' Heavenly scent

Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'

Edgeworthia chrysantha with a visitor

Bee in midflight

See those orange bundles of pollen?

Paperwhites with Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

Rosemarinus officinalis in bloom

My new garden art with blue bottles, adding a little color to the shady part of the garden.

From another view.

Thanks for joining me to see what is blooming in my garden.

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51 comments:

  1. What a beautiful collection of blooms!
    Just hope the freezing rain we have here in north Mississipi doesn't come your way.
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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    1. Lea, we have had a lot of rain, but not freezing rain thank goodness.

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  2. Do you have dandelion blooming too? Those pollen baskets look to be red-yellow/ orange. I like how the bottle art turned out. I love that guys work.

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    1. Donna@ GWGT, We don't have many dandelions around here. Not sure where the pollen was collected.
      I am happy with the bottle tree too.

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  3. You have a lot of color for Jan girl... I was in the garden playing today and noticed a bit of color as well. I have not checked on the hellebores yet. They both disappeared on me in late fall. A mystery but hopefully, they are not dead. Love those blue bottles and that will be the way I go with a tree when I find it....

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    1. Skeeter, I do have a lot of color for this time of year, my 'plan' is working!! Hope your hellebores are still there!!

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  4. Happy GBBD! That is a great photo of the bee in flight.

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    1. Alison, thanks! Thought it was one of those 'great' pictures.

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  5. Oh. I forgot that I was going to add Tea Olive to my Camellias post. I only discovered osmanthus fragrans when I moved to South Georgia and it is one of my favorite cool weather bloomers. Your Bloom Day post is tops.

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    1. NellJean, I am so happy to have added tea olives, what a great shrub. thanks!!

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  6. Oh. I forgot to add Osmanthus fragrans to my Camellias post. It is one of my favorite cool weather bloomers. Your Bloom Day post is super.

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  7. Not just blooms but bees too! What a great variety of blooms for January.

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  8. Wow! I loved the edgeworthia shots with the bee. Happy GBBD to you!

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    1. Laura@gravy lessons, thanks so much, and thanks for visiting!!

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  9. I love the paperwhite and ajuga combo. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Les, thanks, I like the black and white contrast too.

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  10. I love the art work.. the blue color bottles just add the necessary pop of color required.


    megha
    http://meghafashionista.blogspot.com

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    1. Megha, thanks --I am fond of blue, so it works perfectly. thanks for coming by.

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  11. Wow, the garden is very much alive, and the bees are already in ready attention immediately as the flowers opened!

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    1. Kalantikan, yes, it is wonderful (though very wet) this time of year. thanks for coming by.

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  12. Cool bee. Would love to see more of the Distyllium myricoides as it comes into bloom.

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    1. Marian, thanks. I was having fun taking pictures of the bee. I will share more of the Distyllium as it opens.

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  13. I only have snow and fog but I am enjoying the virtual garden tour through bloom day posts like yours.

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    1. Commonweeder, glad to have you join me in the virtual tour.

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  14. Gorgeous. Can I come visit? I want to smell the Ozark witch hazel. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

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    1. Dee, thanks!! Of course you can come visit... the witch hazel is won-der-ful!!!!!

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  15. Janet I am so jealous of your January blooms. LOL! I just adore your Yuletide camellia. Just gorgeous.

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  16. Wow - and please, dear Janet: put a little bit of the betwitching scent just between those photographs! Thank you.

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    1. Britta, wish I could share the fragrance!! It is wonderful.

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  17. Lovely. Glad the weather turned warmer. We were in South Carolina over Christmas and it was on the chilly side (for South Carolina).

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    1. Jason, yes, the weather has been really topsy turvy. Sorry it was chilly for you.

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  18. What a treat to see all your lovely blooms! The daffodils and the bee are definitely promises of spring. Last Saturday was so warm here I could have worked in the garden, too, but it's frigid up here once again. Oh well, if it was too warm I'd be longing to be outdoors instead of in the classroom:)

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    1. Rose, thanks! Promise of spring, but I think we are going to have some cold weather. I know it would be hard to stay in the classroom if it were warm!!

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  19. Lots of goodies in your garden. I just ordered distillum racemosum from Forest Farm. So excited to see a cousin in your garden. Does the bloom smell as nice as the witch hazel? Such pretty pictures today Janet!

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    1. Tina, yes, lots of goodies indeed!! Look forward to seeing your distylium. I don't think mine has a fragrance.

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  20. Bee-utiful! Your photos are smashing. I really want an Edgeworthia and will be looking for one at the next Lawn and Garden show I attend!

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  21. Lucky you! We have been in a deep freeze. Did you zoom in on those bees, or were they too preoccupied to care if you stuck a camera at them?

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    1. Ricki, we are lucky! The bee was so busy with the flower that I almost touched it with the lens!!

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  22. Look at your blooms and the pollinator...we are headed for a deep freeze so my garden will not look like yours until April.

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    1. Donna@GEV, ours will wax and wane over the next month and a half, the joys of living in the south.

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  23. Beautiful! I love the witch hazel. And I've got to get a bottle tree.

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    1. Carolyn, yes, witch hazel is wonderful!! In my opinion every garden should have some kind of bottle tree.

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  24. Up until yesterday the honeybees have been active around here too! You remind me that I really need to get a Daphne. A Daphne has the most beautiful fragrance.

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    1. Sweetbay, this kind of bee is not a common visitor in my garden. Glad to see it though! Yes, you need a daphne!!

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  25. You have some lovely plants flourishing in your garden Janet. Beautiful flowers on that hamamelis, very subtle, and the Edgeworthia chrysantha still steals my attention away from everything else.

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    1. Janet, we do have a lot going on right now. Can't imagine if we had a snowfall how different it would be. The Edgeworthia steals my attention every time I go outside!

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  26. I wish I could think of where to put a witch hazel.

    Also, your bottle tree is great -- I wonder if it is against some South Carolina rule that I don't have a blue bottle tree yet. Probably should work on that... trying to think of what foods come in cobalt bottles.

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    1. Eliza, I think every garden needs a witch hazel or two! Such a great native plant.
      I believe every gardener in SC needs a blue bottle tree. .. the cobalt blue I have is from white German wine, though I have seen a beer with blue bottles lately.

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