Friday, February 15, 2013

Garden Blogger's Blooms Day - February 2013

Another 15th of the month, another report on what's in flower on this day.

Not much.

The garden may be pregnant with possibility but, even though the days are lengthening and it's not too cold - about 9C at the moment - it is still winter.  I don't have the space to have a lot of winter flowering plants so I don't concentrate on them.  But there are still a few in the garden and even the sparsest blooming is worthy of note.

About one winter in three Pelargoniums, the bright summer geraniums, survive the winter unprotected outside.  I used some red, star flowered ones in a window box last year and they are still producing the odd flower, undaunted by a few minor frosts.  They'll look better in the summer.

Hybrid Geranium in a windowbox
Normally I'd have three or four of my camellias in flower  by mid February but only one, Camellia 'Cornish Snow' is in full flower, the 8ft/2.3m tall shrub studded with the paper white blossoms.  I do enjoy this one for it's sheer exuberance of flowering - though it's difficult to get a good photo as wind and rain mark the blossoms very readily.

Camellia 'Cornish Snow'
'St Ewe' is also normally early in flower but this year I've had one solitary flower open so far - and that's well hidden in the shrub so I can't photograph it.  But, to judge by the state of the buds it'll be well adorned by next week.

Camellia 'St Ewe' buds ready to open
Primroses, Primula vulgaris, seed themselves around in the garden.  They're a UK native and very common in the local area.  In another month shady hedgebanks will have carpets of them but for now I've a good many self sown yellow forms already producing their first flowers.  Later, there will be red, pink and white forms - but not yet, not this year.

Primula vulgaris
Sarcococca humilis is still producing it's whispy but strongly scented little white flowers on the bush in the front garden...
Sarcococca humilis
 ...while Mahonia japonica is still going strong after two months flowering.

Mahonia japonica
I illustrated a couple of hellebores I've got in a sunnier spot in my previous post.  This is what happens in a shadier spot when a mild winter allows my slugs and snails to survive.

Helleborus x orientalis - rather slug eaten
 Fortunately Helleborus argutifolius seems far more resistant and it's flowers are doing well.

Helleborus argutifolius
Other than those, Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' is in flower - but then there are few months when it isn't.  The same could be said about my two abutilons, 'Patrick Synge' and 'Waltz' but, with only three flowers between the two plants - and those rather tatty -  they can hardly be said to be floriforous at this time of year.  So, I'll mention but not illustrate them.  Outside the kitchen door, rosemary is in flower on the few flowering shoots left after regular trimming to adorn roast lamb joints.  As for my spring bulbs, well, the best that can be said is that they are sulking.  Even the early crocuses haven't come into flower yet - and may well pass over before next month's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day (or be eaten by my slugs and snails).

As always, my thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day meme.  Head over there to see what's flowering in many more gardens round the world.


  1. Love your camellias! And your mahonia is beautiful. So sorry you're already having problems with your slugs!

  2. Lovely flowers, sarcococca humilis is on my wish list, I got 2 other types but not this one. The slugs have tunred up in my garden too, tiny ones, they have eaten all the new leaves to all my day lilies. They look terrible!

  3. Beautiful flowers and great photos. In my city is still snow and cold and I can't wait for flowers to bloom. It's hard to believe that under the white blanket used to be beautiful gardens like this in Toronto . I'm starting to be depressed from all the cold and no nature. Hope the spring will come soon. I think I have to start my own garden, when the spring comes. Thank you for sharing the photos, they have been a great inspiration.

  4. Thanks everyone. Sorry, but I've been occupied with other matters recently so haven't had a great deal of time for blogging, let alone reply to your very welcome comments.