Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bloom Day February-Pitchers and Catchers Report

 This week in the world of sports, major league pitchers and catchers will report to spring training facilities to begin early workouts. Baseball fans look forward to this as the overture to the show to come, when all things are still possible and the upcoming season glows at the end of the tunnel. And so it is in my garden. In February, the pitchers and catchers of the plant world show up before the rest of the squad to set the table for spring. To be honest, this winter was almost disturbingly mild, with no frost til January  and few casualties. It's tempting to think of the things I would have planted if I'd had a crystal ball.

 I had left this sweet little vine ,Eccremocarpus scaver 'Tresco Gold' for dead last fall  . Purchased at Annies in the spring , it sulked and shriveled into a brown blob, and only to rise again with the first rains. At this point it appears to be another in the 'Tresco ' series, for the red stems are nowhere to found and the flowers are paler than seen in 'gold'   Needing rain does not bode well for its survival in my garden , but I'll enjoy it til summer drought arrives . It's damn cute !

Another from Annies, Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis' , has proven to be a robust reproducer. Easy enough to dig or pull the extras .

 And of course the Hellebores..I remember when they were hard to find at the local garden center and travel was required to purchase one.

 For a time I collected Pulmonarias however the mildew that often ruined the foliage in summer put me off of them. There are still a few stragglers around.

Camellias , the no-maintenance plant. No water, no fertilizer , no pests . Just cut some branches off every few years to control size.

This Gallardia put out a flower here and there all winter.

This noid echeveria is my only blooming succulent at the present.

 Be sure to visit May Dreams on this and every Garden Bloggers Bloomday to see the flowers of gardeners around the world...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Picture This

After agonizing for weeks over my entry into the revived Picture This Photo Contest on Gardening Gone Wild, I threw the dice and selected this image From Annies display garden taken last spring. I filled the frame, right ?