Is anyone else confused about this month’s weather? Besides the plants, I mean. The maples are supposed to bloom this month, but the frigid weather keeps their buds tightly closed. Our hellebores began blooming in January, but only a few opened in February because of the sleet, snow and ice. Most of their buds have remained closed. The snowdrops bloomed early along with one golden-yellow crocus, which stopped blooming, but shows colorful buds. Our spring Witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) is in full bloom. Theirs is one of the sweetest fragrances in the garden, reminiscent of Jasmine, especially the Lakeview Jasmine shrub that blooms indoors in the winter. I’ve seen daffodils blooming around town, but none here yet. What is blooming in your garden? P.S. This is a good time to transplant trees and shrubs and buy new ones. See you in the garden!
Early snowdrop bloom
Newly opened flower of a deciduous Lenten Rose, (Helleborus atrorubens).
I miss my Fragrant Daphne and our Japanese Apricot (Prunus mume), both early blooming, because they went to plant heaven. They’ve been here many years, brightening the winter days with fragrance and color. Here are photos of my dearly departed.
with sweetly fragrant
Japanese Flowering Apricot
Grape holly bloom clusters.
‘John Clayton’ honeysuckle with crossvine
Winter daphne has the sweetest lemony blooms, better than gardenia for me.
My first daffodil to bloom this year, in January, was Erlicheer. It is very uncommon to see it in bloom so early. Fragrant Daphne is blooming a little early and my Flowering Japanese Apricot continues blooming, since its December debut! ‘John Clayton’ and ‘Red Cascade’ native honeysuckles are blooming, too. My vernal witchhazel is in full bloom. The Oregon Grapehollies (Mahonia) are blooming and the bees are flocking to them. Several daffodils are budded to open any day. All of my hellebores are blooming and started in January. Tell me what is blooming early for you.
Hellebores, also called Lenten roses are in full bloom, all colors..
Usually our flowering apricot buds and blooms repeatedly late January and in February. Today, December 27, 2012, is the earliest date I have recorded for it to bloom. It is the cultivar ‘Peggy Clarke’ of Prunus mume. Apparently it has been blooming for several days because my husband, Jerry, asked me if I’d see the blooms. They were probably open on Christmas!
The bottom picture was taken on January 20, 2012 on a sunnier day.
Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’ with open blooms in late December.
It is so gratifying to go outside in February and find some plants already bravely blooming and budding through and even under the snow. My earliest hellebore, H. atrorubens , a Lenten Rose, had many buds and one delightful flower open. Our Japanese Flowering Apricot, Prunus mume, is covered with buds, already showing color, as well as my poor Daphne, D. odorata aureomarginata, that got so badly hit during the 0° temps. Despite the damage, there are still lots of buds ready to open. On Groundhog Day, even if he does see his shadow, I know that spring is not far away.
The small tree faithfully blooms every February.
Newly opened flower of Lenten Rose