Earliest Blooms on Flowering Apricot

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.

Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’ with open blooms in late December.

'Peggy Clarke' Prunus mume

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Cooler weather helps plants and gardeners.

With temps in the 90s and a little rain, my garden seems to be breathing a sigh of relief. Many plants are blooming again. Most of my roses are in full bloom which I didn’t expect until fall. My brown turkey fig, on the patio, is bearing fruit too. They have an opening on the end which ants love to take advantage of, so I put a little plug of vaseline there and problem solved.

Brown turkey figs are my favorite because they remind of the bush that grew in my Grandmother Brockett’s yard.
Outhouse Hibiscus
Grown for its fragrance and soft velvety leaves.
Also in the patio area is a bodacious Hibiscus grandiflora or Swamp Hibiscus. It has huge velvety green leaves and pink fragrant flowers. It was often grown beside the outhouse, for obvious reasons. It was also called The Outhouse Rose.
A beautiful hibiscus from my friend, Russell Studebaker. It is very tall with 5-6″ blooms. The dark pink hibsicus is H. mutabilis ‘Rubrum’.
A favorite hibiscus for hummingbirds, Turk’s Cap Mallow, a native wildflower,  Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

What an honor. . .!

The coral orienpet (oriental x trumpet) is 4 feet tall, with flowers 10 inches across.

Thanks. I was so surprised to hear from Brenda of http://theblondegardener.wordpress.com, who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. The award increases readership of garden blogs and awareness.

I’m always thrilled to hear from readers who have been following my blog. I’ve heard from people in Malaysia, India, Japan and all over the US and Canada.

The requirements for accepting the nomination are to nominate 10 of my favorite blogs and notify the owners and to list 7 random facts about myself.

I like snakes and other creepy crawlies. I’ve sung in choirs since I was six years old. I speak fluent Spanish and understand Italian and French pretty well in context.  Photography has been a hobby of mine since the 70s.  I used to have my own darkroom. I am a plantaholic (is there a 12-step group for that?) Thanks to my husband, Jerry, for making this nomination possible because he is my best help in the garden.

I nominate the following garden blogs:

After the wedding, I’m back in the garden.

Siloam Springs late hybridizer, Pauline Henry, often named her seedlings after friends, like Mitch Singleton her eye doctor

Our oldest granddaughter was married in our garden on June 2nd this year. Much preparation went into getting ready for that event. It was lovely and the weather cooperated. Now I make my daily rounds to see what daylilies have opened and other true lilies, like orienpets and asiatics. Color is everywhere.

 Madonna Lily bulbs (similar to these) were carried by Roman soldiers to treat blistered feet.

This orienpet is five feet tall and slightly  fragrant.

The coral orienpet (oriental x trumpet) is 4 feet tall, with flowers 10 inches across.

Hemerocallis citrina is a species daylily that is nocturnal. The fragrance is as sweet and strong as a gardenia.

My newest daylily with unusual color combination, Fried Eggplant from Lilyland in Texarkana.

My Return to the Garden

Nigella has rather alien-looking flowers.

Foxglove flowers circle the stem facing outward.

After my fall when planting a ‘Little Gem’ magnolia, I had another more worrisome result: a fibro flare. I have fibromyalgia, a muscle-pain syndrome. The fall pushed it into overdrive, so I’ve been at home and in bed a lot since February. I’m making my post-fall debut with a study of nature’s intricacy in flower and leaf shape and arrangement.

Leaves of Penstemon murrayanus are perfoliate, meaning the stem comes up through the leaves.

Phlomis flowers are arranged around the stem.

My Latest Garden Escapade

Hello to everyone. I’ve been away from my blog since the last of February. After my husband, Jerry, and I planted a ‘Little Gem’ Magnolia on our new berm (140′ x 12′ x 4′ to buffer wider Crossover Road), I slipped in the mud and fell forward on my hands, HARD! My right radius is broken and my left arm is severely sprained, so my typing skills are limited. But,  so much is blooming this month, I just had to share with you.

Empress Daffodil from Old House Gardens.

Snowflakes are a minor bulb with dainty green-tipped blooms.

The Geranium Narcissus is an old-timey favorite because of its color and fragrance.