Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mid-February Garden Blogger Bloom Day 2020

One of the blogging memes that has been going for a long time is the Garden Blogger Bloom Day. I haven't participated in a long time but am jumping back in. Every month, on the 15th, is Garden Blogger Bloom Day, or GBBD. The meme is hosted by Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens. Be sure to go over to Carol's blog and see what's blooming in other areas.

One of my new pet peeves is blogs not saying up front where they are located. I don't mean your mailing address but what is your zone, what state do you live in? That said- I live in the Upstate of South Carolina, zone 7b- 8a. I am right on the line. Living on the lake helps moderate the temperatures so I am claiming 8a.

On to the blooms.

We have had a very mild winter so far and many plants are saying, "hello".  I went outside this morning with new camera in hand to get some shots- after a few photos the battery light was blinking red. Bummer. The cell phone came out. The photos are a mix of both.
Starting with the daffodils- there are so many blooming right now. Some varieties are known, but not all.
Narcissus 'Carlton'

N. 'Barrett Browning'

N. 'Ice Follies'
N. 'Erlicheer'

possibly N. 'Avalanche'

N. 'Barrett Browning' and N. 'Carlton'
One of the nice things about our Garden Blogger Flings is the wonderful sponsors who share tools, products, plants, and seeds with us. The above daffodils were swag from Colorblends a few years ago. They sent you bulbs based on your location. I received 'Gritty Southern Mix' and they have done great!
Another bulb that I kept looking for and didn't see emerging. Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis. All of a sudden, there it was!!

Iris reticulata, a sweet little iris

Let's move along through the garden- so many blooms!!
Another spring favorite are Helleborus. Some named, some pass-along plants- all great!

Helleborus orientalis 'Brandywine Series'

H. orientalis 'Brandywine Series'

View from the deck- Edgeworthia with Helleborus under planted

H. ballardiae x 'COSEH 710' 'Pink Frost'

Next up are the trees and shrubs that are in bloom.
Viburnum tinus  'Spring Bouquet'

Edgeworthia chrysantha 

Forsythia x intermedia

Lean in and take in the fragrance! Osmanthus fragrans Tea Olive

Flowering quince Chaenomeles sp.

Magnolia 'Jane'

Loropetalum chinese 'Ever Red'
"Close to the ground" group-
Iberis sempervirens, Candytuft

Violet, Viola walteri 'Silver Gem'

And last but not least- Gaillardia, it is a sporadic bloomer during the late fall through early spring. Once summer comes, it is in bloom full force.

Thanks for stopping by to see my blooms for GBBD. Be sure to stop by Carol's blog to see more gardens. 

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  1. You have a sweet collection of Hellebores! And so many other lovely blooms. I agree: That Colorblends offering was a wonderful gift. My Daffodils from the company continue to survive and thrive every year. I forget which batch I got--probably Northern Something. :)

    1. Thanks Beth, love the blooms this time of year for sure! I think we hit the jackpot with Colorblends.

  2. Your Edgeworthias are HUGE! I love them. I really need to move mine. Osmanthus fragrans is such a cool plant. The fragrance is amazing. Even though I'm more like Zone 9a this year, your plants are way ahead of mine. Your Loropetalum colors are fabulous. I'm so ready for spring.

    1. I agree Grace, they are huge, and super fragrant! One side of my house is Edgeworthia fragrance and the other side is all Tea Olives. Wonder why we are ahead of you.

  3. So fun to see an edgeworthia clear over on the other side of the country!

    1. I am coveting the orange blossomed Edgeworthia, though I don't think I have room for another one. Funny I don't think of it as a plant found on the West Coast, Loree, first time I saw it was at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

  4. I've coveting that Helleborus 'Pink Frost'! I'm envious of all those daffodils too - many of my large-cupped varieties have yet to even poke their heads out of the soil.

    1. Thanks Kris, I have enjoyed 'Pink Frost'over the years. I have daffodils that are barely up and others are just about done.

  5. All blooms are beautiful,loved every variety of Daffodil and narcissus ,that last shot of Gaillardia bud is stunning.Happy blogger blooms day.

    1. Thanks Arun, Gaillardia is a great performer. Happy bloom day to you too.

  6. Love the Ever Red Loropetalum. So hard to find - I have been coveting it for a while. So many lovely spring bulbs in your garden, and the size of your Edgeworthias is impressive!

    1. I am surprised you haven't found 'Ever Red' easily, think I have even seen it at Lowe's. My Edgeworthia do seem to be quite happy!

  7. Beautiful!
    Glad to see you posting to Bloom Day again.
    Have a blessed day!

  8. Simply beautiful! It makes me wish I was further South

  9. Oh wow, February in the South! I love the tea olive and finally located one. I am hoping for the best. That fragrance is my favorite in the garden.

  10. Thanks Phillip. I have been really pleased with the performance of the tea olives in my garden. Their fragrance is outstanding!

  11. All those daffodils! I really like 'Barrett Browning'. The Edgworthia is really nice also.

  12. Your closeups are really good. I need to take photography lessons from you.


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