I am bending the rules for this month's Bloom Day by posting pictures that were taken last week. Knowing a cold front was going to roll through this past weekend, I got the camera out before the flowers were frozen. We actually had a little snow with overnight temperatures into the low 20's, not bad enough for any lasting damage, but a few of the blooms from last week now look like mush, which you will be spared from viewing.
This was my first Snowdrop (Galanthus), though I don't know exactly which species. The foliage in the background comes from Asarum splendens, which is a lovely almost-thug.
Narcissus 'Ice Follies' has been the first of my larger Daffodils to bloom. The small-blossomed Paperwhites are about done. This one was shy and opened up under the cover of a Cypress whose days are likely numbered, as the gardener and the Cypress have grown apart.
Also just beginning to bloom is Edgeworthia chrysantha. If your zone will allow it, GROW THIS PLANT!
The first flashes of blue from Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue' are starting to appear. More will follow as I have added a couple more patches of this fantastic evergreen perennial.
Now blooming for over 3 months and showing no signs of quiting, Hime Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles 'Hime').
Because of this year's mild winter, my Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon' never lost all of its leaves. Who knew, evergreen Spirea?
Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis) are popping up everywhere and are likely about a week away from peak bloom.
In my previous post on Brassicas, I mentioned combining Giant Red Mustard (Brassica juncea var. rugosa) with Pansies that have some of the same colors as the Mustard foliage. This is Delta Tapestry and you can see by the ragged petals that some of my garden's insects have been enjoying the mild winter too.
We will end with a flotilla of Camellia blossoms starting with Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Gem'.
Camellia japonica 'Magnoliaeflora'
Camellia japonica 'Crimson Candles'
Thanks to our gracious hostess, Carol of May Dreams Garden for another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
(Stay tuned for my second annual Winter Walk-Off challenge.)