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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- February 2018

I can't really say that Garden Bloggers Bloom Day arrived without warning. It was hard not to be aware that yesterday was February 14, and the 15th always follows the 14th. I have been distracted from flower watching in my own garden though, by seedling-watching and up-potting, and by seed-sprouting-watching. It certainly seems as if flowers are blooming all over suddenly. Until a few days ago I thought maybe spring would come early, and winter was over, but then this week has seen some cold temperatures (in the mid-20s at night), and there is worse to come, at least for me up here on the ridge, 600 feet above sea level, south of Seattle and east of Tacoma. They're predicting snow for the weekend and a night-time low of 18. I do not like it, Sam I am.

Here's what I found just now when I went out with my camera to take photos -- lots of flowers low to the ground. I got my day's exercise workout, doing all that squatting. It's a good thing no one was following me with a tape recorder. All that grunting as I struggled to rise was very unbecoming. Hey, tennis players grunt, so I'm in good company!

It's hard to see in this photo, but the snowdrops that I planted a couple of years ago in this dark corner have really brightened it up

Pardon my fat fingers

Crocuses are up, if not completely open on a gray day

Cyclamen coum is flowering profusely in a few patches

I really should spread it around

Winter jasmine/Jasminum nudiflorum

There are a few things flowering in pots in the pot ghetto.

Double red Primrose, dug up and divided last fall, has been sitting in four-inch pots since then

The same with this double peach Primrose

I just bought some already flowering Fritillaria, the ones in the ground in my garden haven't shown up yet


Sweetbox has been filling the garden with its scent for a few weeks now, even Nigel remarked on it

Witch hazel is starting to open its flowers too

Indian plum/Oemleria cerasiformis

Mahonia x media 'Charity' is nearly finished

Yellow Corydalis self-sows everywhere, but I don't mind

Euphorbia rigida

And there is quite a parade of Hellebores. I no longer have any clue about their names.

There were flowers in the greenhouse, but when I went in to take photos, the lens on the camera steamed up. It made for an atmospheric picture.

I got these red tulips from the Toyota booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival/Show/Orgy

Alstroemeria something sunset/sunrise/something to do with the sun

At this time of the year the fancy-leaf Begonias that winter over in the greenhouse start to flower, rather non-descript flowers, but since I pretty much ignore the plants except to give them a drink occasionally, they always pop up unexpectedly.

A long flower stem has reached up from the shelf below to appear amongst the succulents

Where does that tall stem go?

It was hiding behind a package of disposable nitrile gloves

I think that's everything -- quite a lot, I think, for February. Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Gard Bloggers Bloom Day on the fifteenth of every month, and bloggers around the world participate. You should check it out here.


  1. A good showing indeed for February! WTF with that *#*^#*&%@ weather forecast? I thought we'd decided that winter was over. Geeze, that doesn't make me happy at all!

  2. I'm enjoying the blooms I can see from inside the house. Brrr.
    It's always fun to see what you have in bloom.

  3. All that squatting and grunting yielded great photos, Alison, so it was well worth it! I love the snowdrop/fern/ajuga and what-not corner. I wish I could get Corydalis of any kind to survive here, much less spread. Sunset claims it'll grow here in moist soil (there's always a catch!), although that pronouncement comes with a warning that it's short-lived due to our mild winters. Maybe I'll try it again anyway.

  4. My Bloomday post will be day late--and we are supposed to dip into the high 20's overnight here this weekend as well.I had declared frost over for the year. Looks like have to get the fabric back out.Your Hellebores are fantastic.

  5. I agree, this weather is ridiculous! Love your low to the ground bloomers, and thanks for the reminder I intended to add a few Alstroemeria to the garden this year.

  6. Really love your pictures! The hellebores and cyclamen coum look lovely! Nice to see that you have cyclamen coum in different colours. Here in Austria I only found some bright pink ones for sale. Would love to have some white or light pink ones as well.
    Enjoy your beautiful plants!
    Best wishes,

  7. Beautiful shade garden, and I love the snow drops lighting it up. I planted white crocus last year for this reason, but they aren't blooming yet... I'll get some snowdrops this fall.
    A parade of Hellebores is a wonderful thing!

  8. A good start to spring. That purple and white crocus is very nice.

  9. I'm pretty nervous about the weather this weekend too! I've been walking my gardens planning what I can mulch and cover...there will be damage...darn it! I love your hardy cyclamen collection..they are darling.

  10. Love all your hellebores. I was going to say your garden is at about the same stage as mine until I saw Mahonia Charity, mine is long gone. What a good idea growing tulips in the greenhouse, I will try that next year.

  11. Irresistible little beauties, and great Helleborus!


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