Today Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day celebrates not only the flowering plants in many, many gardens across the Blogisphere but it also its 3rd Blogiversary! I’d like to send warm Congratulations to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens who came up with this idea and has continued to generously host it every month.
Just a little something for you, Carol and all the other bloggers who take part…
You can make a wish if you want. I wonder what ‘garden’ wish for 2010 you would make if you did. Please do leave a comment below. This could be fun to see what everyone would choose. ‘No snow’ and warmer temps is already a given :-)
What is GBBD? Well, basically Carol asks:
“What’s blooming in your garden? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. It’s easy to participate and all are invited!
"Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below.” That would be on Carol’s posting for the month. “Then leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit!”
Carol goes on to say:
“If you are new to garden blogging or just started seeing the bloom day posts and wondered how to join in, it’s easy. You just do the above. No asking permission, no rules, no hassles. Botanical names are strictly optional. And in the winter-time, even blooms are optional!”
Most months I have participated… although on quite a few occasions a few days late! I have always enjoyed taking part and have e-met many bloggers through GBBD. Having a regular date for posting images from the garden are a great comparison record between the years too. If you'd like to take part this month head over to Carol's posting to leave your link and enjoy garden hopping.
The montage below does not represent the flowers in my garden this February. This is an image I posted for February 2009. Yep… the crocuses were flowering nicely…
February 2010, and the picture is quite different…
The Drumstick Primulas on the other hand look pretty much as they were in the montage. They just need a little tidy up around them.
Last February, I had a few young hellebore plants that I hoped would flower. None flowered then but this year we have a few flower buds almost ready to open…
Wandering around the garden in search of flowers this morning and the Heuchera Liquorish caught my eye. Oops… I know its not flowering, but in the absence of flowers (and even when the garden is full of them) this plant at my front door always catches my eye.
Oh… just a thought for any new bloggers that enjoy foliage plants too. Pam at Digging is now hosting Foliage Follow-Up postings to GBBD on the 16th of the month.
Foliage again, I know, but this sedum gives such wonderful jewel like colour in the garden during the winter months…
Jewel-like is a great description too… when the close-up pans out to the reality photo. Yep the pot is tilted after we were busy above it over the weekend making an adjustment to a bird box. Fallen ivy from the trimming in this area awaits collection too.
LOL… for GBBD we can carefully edit our blooms! I keep meaning to photograph a group of five plants but always get caught up with the close-ups when I go out with my camera :-D
Oh… now here’s another thought for new bloggers. Helen over at the patient gardener’s weblog is hosting postings at the end of the month. She is suggesting more garden progress photos.
Helen is picking four viewpoints in her garden to make her month by month comparisons. I never thought of that for my first posting but will consider a few areas for next time. Yep… this one is reality gardening! I like that idea :-D
To continue in the area of reality gardening this winter will have taken its toll on many garden plants. In my garden the Gunnera below was given it usual winter protection of layers of hay and leaves but only time will tell if it has survived.
It looks like perhaps I’ve lost my established clump of Rosemary that came from cuttings. Aw…
My bigger area of Sage (also from cuttings) has been hit too. This usually takes some winter damage. I generally prune it fairly hard and it comes back again. Tempted as I am to get the pruners out now I’ll hold fire for just a little longer.
Choisya Ternata always gets a few stems with some winter die back in my garden. Once again, I just get the pruners out and as a result of these Spring prunings this plant has become more dense in its beautifully scented glossy foliage.
Now isn’t this a very sorry sight below? This is the state all my front garden ‘Etna’ Penstemons are in...
Once again these now well established plants were taken from cuttings. I really couldn’t make a guess if a severe pruning will save these plants but I’ll not rush to cut them down yet. Fingers crossed, it will save them as they will be a great loss to my front garden :-(
Evergreen ferns are a bonus over the winter months and I have a few now. They do suffer some winter damage, but I have to say I don’t mind seeing the blotches on them. I actually think they are quite pretty. The bonus in pruning these leaves are the wonderful new fronds that replace them.
Below we have yet another story. What’s going on here? Usually the birds feast on the berries on my small pendulus Cotoneaster tree. Usually they are gone within a day!
However, I’m sure I heard in a television programme before Christmas that if berries were left on a tree a hard winter could be expected. Well, these berries were left and unfortunately for the birds the winter claimed them before they could.
You have to wonder then that the birds had a sense of what weather was to come before we did. Perhaps they were saving theses berries for lean times of food. Good job then, I continued to feed them sultanas and lots of other goodies :-)
Okay… this is Bloom Day so let’s end with a couple of goodies. The biggest goodie of all has to be (sorry you must be fed up of me saying this) the perennial wallflower Bowles’ Mauve…
I have three plants in a group at my front door. It looks like one has been hit a little by the cold temps but as you can see above… this plant is still trying to flower!!
Okay… onwards now to the flower of the month in my garden…
Okay, this is a very new arrival… only planted at the weekend! Edelweiss is the variety. I wanted to add to the other two very small clumps of snowdrops in this area so I could look out to them from my windows. Honestly they weren’t added to give me a flower for GBBD!
However, to me anyway, this flower is just a bonus to the prettiest picture of all in the garden at the moment. Can you guess what I’m thinking about?
No? Ah… it’s the beauty that is newly hoed soil. Is that not just the best sight of all for a gardener at this time of year? It makes you just want to get out there and garden :-D
Wishing everyone a very Happy GBBD!!
All photos above with the exception of the montage and cake were taken in my garden on February 15th 2010.