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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - Full of Promise.

Our record breaking freezing temperatures have finally gone, and while it's still very cold it's so nice to not see everything frozen. I was very concerned that many plants wouldn't survive the weather, but amazed as I went outside to see that many of those plants were tougher than I thought. The Hellebores and Pansies are already lifting themselves up off the ground. Many plants have buds that continued to swell despite the cold temperatures. Primroses still have buds on them and don't look like they were damaged by the cold.
Instead of being depressed over the roses and fuchsias and other flowers that were frozen in their tracks, I felt really happy about what was still there and not that far from blooming. I even managed to find a couple of blooms. So while not the showiest of months, the December garden pulled through with a couple of flowers to make 12 months in a row of blooms outside!

Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' has quite a few flowers still on it, and a good amount of buds as well. This has been blooming since April!

A lone Pansy bloom. As you can see every other flower in the two window boxes were killed from the freeze, this one is standing proudly .

Inside Paperwhites are still blooming.

Another African Violet has begun to bloom too. It's amazing how easily they grow if I remember to water and fertilize them. In the past I've usually forgotten to water them until it was too late.

Sarcococcas and Hellebores aren't far off from blooming. I'm pretty sure that they'll both be ready for January's Bloom Day. Indoors the Lemon tree is getting more and more flower buds, and many are close to blooming, can't wait to smell them.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted the 15th of every month by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Visit her to see what she's got blooming as well as what other gardeners from all over the world have.
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46 comments:

  1. Hi... I'm glad I found your blog... I have enjoyed seeing all the phases of your lovely pond so much! I also leave in the PNW, and have being wanting to build a pond for the longest time... ;) Looking at how yours has progress and become such beautiful sight, gives me hope for my "future" pond. ;) I'll come back.

    cielo

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  2. Glad it's warming up. Love the paperwhites, each year I say I'll do them and then it's December and I didn't.

    Happy bloom day!

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  3. Very nice Catherine...12 months with blooms, impressive! Citrus blooms have the BEST fragrance. When our grapefruit, tangerine and cumquats are blooming you can smell that fresh scent through the air!

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  4. Catherine, I luv your little new friend on your header! how delightful! Your daphne is still blooming? it must really love it there. And I must make a note to get me another African violet.

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  5. My daphne doesn't start blooming until late January but it looks a lot like yours. I don't think it is the same variety though. Great photos!

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  6. I love pansies ...
    I just bought some paperwhites. They will be ready for Valentine's Day .. I would guess.

    ** please help me find a home for the boys .. stop by my blog and mention them on yours **

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  7. Now THIS interests me, that the daphne has been blooming since April! Here, it comes in the spring and then is done, though I think some plants may occasionally throw up a few later blooms. I must ask my friend who has a nursery of it.
    Love your African violet, and the light on your paperwhites makes them even more ethereal. Mine are almost done.

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  8. Hi Catherine,

    Every month, I always look forward to your GBBD post the most. I'm not sure why, but I love how many blooms you find in the garden. Even when you aren't sure you will find many. I am so glad you have had 12 months of bloom in your garden - and for us because we get to enjoy them.

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  9. I probably should have added the type of Daphne this is. I'll update the post.
    Daphne x transatlantica

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  10. Ahhhh! African violets ... I so love them. Mother used to have her windows lined with them ... garden is beautiful.

    Merry Christmas, TTFN ~Marydon
    **NEW BLOG**
    blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

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  11. Violas always promise, "I'll be back," given a little time.

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  12. Hi Catherine~~ Well said, dear friend!! I too am surprised at how tough our plants are, having survivied this cold snap, especially the Zonal denials. I haven't checked my Daphne lately but it was still blooming last time I looked. What a work horse it is, don't you think? I love all your blooms.

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  13. I'm so jealous that your lemon tree is producing flowers!! Mine looks terrible. I think I need to fertilize it.

    Happy GBBD!

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  14. Amazing that you have had blooms for all 12 months. What a great gardener you are Catherine!
    So glad you are enjoying the African violets and the paperwhites.
    Glad too that your weather has warmed some.
    Have a nice afternoon.

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  15. Hi Catherine

    12 months of blooms is good going by any standard!

    Rob

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  16. I am impressed - 12 months of blooms. Pretty pansie and love the paperwhites.

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  17. The paperwhites look beautiful...very nicely backlit....and you've got me wondering if I've been able to have blooms for every month. have a fun day. gail

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  18. That Dafne is beautiful, I love the variegated leaves. I can smell it from here...

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  19. I really like the african violet pots. You can go along time without refilling the reservoir. I was surprised to see my tattered pansies coming back after that cold spell we had.

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  20. The paperwhites are beautiful and it is interesting to see some flowers still blooming. Beautiful photography.

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  21. I haven't been able to get out there and check my Hellebores since the fence is being built (it's on the other side.) So hoping they made it through. Those pansies are tough little flowers!
    Brenda

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  22. Great blooms - must plant some paperwhites next year for indoor colour

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  23. Hi Catherine, glad to hear your freezing temps are gone. Hopefully you'll have some nice weather before they come back.

    Seeing your African violet reminds me of one I use to have. I need to go and get another. They have the sweetest little blooms.

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  24. Catherine your Paper Whites are so beautiful. I,too, have been worried about what I probably lost in all of this cold weather. I hope we don't lose much if any.
    A couple of weeks ago when the sun was shining I walked around the yard and the bulbs I planted were peeking through. I'm wondering if this is a bad thing because then we had the bad freezes. I wonder because I've always heard concern about the daffodils that start showing and then we have a late freeze before spring and people say you can lose them that way. Hmmmmm better try and look that up although there isn't anything I can do about it!

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  25. Congratulations on 12 months of blooms - what a great achievement!

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  26. Congrats on 12 months of blooms Catherine! That's quite an achievement. I'll have to look back and see if I can say the same ~ if so, many of those blooms would have to be indoor ones here! I always forget to participate in GBBD. I also wanted to say how optimistic and positive of you to not think of what died but what is still blooming. Very good attitude ~ I need to remember it!

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  27. The African violets are amazing. What are the paper whites? Are the daffodils?

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  28. love the paperwhites! I better get some soon.

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  29. lotusleaf - Paperwhites and Daffodils are in the Narissus family. Paperwhites don't need to be chilled so they are easy to start inside. Some people love the scent and other people find it too strong and don't like it. I personally love the scent.

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  30. Great photos! I love the angle you chose for your African violet photo.

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  31. I really like the daphne. I have a daphne odora 'marginata' which will bloom in a month or two. It looks similar. It has a wonderful smell.

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  32. I'm so happy for you that is getting warmer. Love your Papper Whites, so beautiful.

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  33. it's still really cold here, but we are out of the record lows too...by the weekend we are supposed to be just below freezing!!! that's hot compared to the 38 below freezing we have had all week!!! (and lower)
    your flowers are still lovely...I love to visit your gardens

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  34. My Daphne 'Summer Ice' stopped blooming last month. So sad. It's amazing that it bloomed as long as it did.

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  35. I didn't know that flowers can still bloom during winter. All along, I only thought that everywere will be white and barren. I'd love to have the paper whites for my new year garden but it is very difficult to grow such bulbs in our climate.

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  36. You're so lucky to still have so many beautiful plants. The summer ice foliage is lovely! :) Rebecca

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  37. I'm glad it's warmed up a bit for you now - and that you've still got things blooming!

    We've got cold weather and snow forecast for the next few days (yeah!!!) so that might see off the remaining roses that are still in bloom on the front terrace ....I do keep telling them it's winter! :)

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  38. Wonderful post! I love that sweet pansy..gorgeous and charming! Great photos all around..lovely!!

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  39. Wow this is so beautiful !! I loved the series ..

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  40. I'm so happy I can share your beautiful garden through your photos. My African Violet hasn't flowered for ages. Will have to show it yours so it gets the idea!

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  41. Your Paperwhites are so pretty-Now is the time for them for sure with all the cold creeping in.
    vickie

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  42. I think that is the spirit of most gardeners looking at the joys present and future instead of dwelling on spent blooms.
    Pity we can't smell the Daphne through blogger.

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  43. Well you sure have me beat. I haven't actually been out there to seek and find so I don't know if I have anything daring to bloom. I have some very serious doubts however. LOL Well, it's Wednesday afternoon and I still have big slabs of ice on the pond. They're underneath the water though so that's good. Isn't it nice to be back to our dreary cold rain and getting dark at 3:30? Ah, the winter joys of Northwest living. LOL
    Catherine I have so much to learn from you about gardening. I am very impressed by your flowers.

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  44. Catherine, thanks for letting me know that the sweetie received the sweets:)

    Wish I'd gotten around to planting paperwhites. Gorgeous.

    Pansies are such tough little survivors, aren't they?

    donna

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  45. Wow Catherine - 12 months of blooms outdoors - that's pretty amazing! I've never grown paperwhites, but have often thought I should - yours are lovely!

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