Friday, February 15, 2008

February Bloomday

There's a few flowers out. The weather has been lovely, warmish days, good for weeding and getting soil ready for veggies.

Starting by the back door, I'll show you around the garden:

In the round bed behind the house, there is a calendula, which has been there all winter. It's in a sorry state, but still putting out flowers. I've left it be, just for its spunk at pulling through the cold weather.

Next to it is the only blooming daffodil at the moment. All other daffs are still buds.
A candytuft has been sitting in a pot by the back door all winter, trying very hard to bloom. I think it might just succeed soon.
There was a zaluzianskia blooming too, but the photo didn't quite work out.

Going onward to towards the back of the garden, snowdrops poke through the grass by the witch hazel. I have planted snowdrops everywhere, here and there. I love them.

Across the stepping stone path, the corkscrew hazel is starting to grow its catkins, there is the first little group in the center of the photo.

Next to that is the little pussy willow, Salix Caprea. One little catkin is just beginning to show.

In front of my shed, there are wallflowers beginning to bloom.
Now we move around the house towards the front. There are little daisies here and there in the grass, but the photos just didn't come out well. There was also one feverfew flower in a stray plant by the side door, that also came out fuzzy.

In the front garden, the euphorbia is looking spendid.

In front of that, the heather is still blooming since the beginning of winter.

Going further to the front, Pippin is helping me find the flowers.. oh, there's a daffodil bud near him.

The little primulas look eaten, must be slugs around. There was a couple violas nearby, but they looked even worse.

Ah, here's a daisy, pretending to be an important flower in my front flower bed. I hate to weed it away, so it will stay awile.
Now we go back around to my veggie garden. The kale was blooming little yellow flowers, but the photo was fuzzy.

Snowdrops bloom in the freshly weeded strawberry bed.

Inside, the Christmas cactus is still putting out the odd flower or two. The thunbergia is also still blooming a few flowers, but looking very ragged. Time to trim that soon.
There are flowers blooming all over the world today, you can see some of them on Carol's blog at May Dreams Garden, for February Bloomday.


Blogger Frances said...

Thanks for the tour. I love the daisies also and leave them in most of the places they seed. They are so long blooming and cheering. Pippin looks like a good helper also.

Frances at Faire Garden

February 15, 2008 7:06 pm  
Anonymous Nan Ondra said...

Such a lovely display of offerings for a February Bloom Day! I agree with Frances; Pippin appears to be an intent and effective flower finder. Thanks for sharing!

February 15, 2008 7:31 pm  
Blogger Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love the combo of the Heather & the black grassy thing. What is that? There's something so special about the 1st Daffodial

February 15, 2008 9:27 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

I love seeing what is blooming in Ireland each month. Your spring comes much earlier than ours. It's nice to see the spring flowers!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

February 15, 2008 10:11 pm  
Blogger Salix Tree said...

Mr M's Daughter, the black grass is called Black Mondo grass, (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') I bought one clump of this years ago, and it has multiplied nicely ever since.

February 15, 2008 10:39 pm  
Blogger Robin's Nesting Place said...

You have lovely blooms already and your grass is so pretty and green.

February 16, 2008 1:23 am  
Blogger Diana said...

Thanks for the garden tour. You have a nice collection of flowers and color all around the yard. And Pippin is adorable. I love the lone daffodil -- I have 2 or 3 that are just on the verge of opening. They tease me everyday with how slow they are growing!

February 16, 2008 2:51 am  
Blogger Sue Swift said...

When the daisies start coming through you know spring is on the way ...

February 17, 2008 9:58 am  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hi Silvia,

Your garden is up and running already! We share daffodils and calendula but you have lovely flowers that won't grow here in TX! The heather's pretty cool and so are the hazel catkins, but the snowdrops have a nostalgia factor to them...
Happy Blooming Day

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

February 17, 2008 11:49 am  
Blogger rusty in miami said...

I like that calendula. I think orange flowers make the garden alive

February 17, 2008 7:59 pm  
Blogger Shady Gardener said...

Thanks for visiting my site! I've enjoyed seeing your Spring gardens and the plants that are growing and blooming! It will be only be a few weeks and we'll be relishing Spring, too! :-)

February 17, 2008 8:47 pm  
Blogger Matt and Jen said...

Hi Silvia!
Thanks for the heads up about the Green Man. I remember seeing it before now that you said that. That should help narrow down a name for him.

I'm getting more excited about spring just looking at your pictures!

February 17, 2008 10:39 pm  

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