Bloomday for February 2022

   Things are finally settling down at the office and I managed to snap a few shots of the scant blooms in my garden this month. I have so many Hellebores blooming I decided to skip them over  and take some extra time to get better photos and give them their own post--I'm offering a token image since it wouldn't be a February Bloomday post without at  least one.



  Acacia baileyana purpurea . I liberated this from a container in 2020 and it has rewarded me by doubling in size and blooming profusely.  This is one of my favorite plants -the blooms are not the only attraction . Gotta love that foliage. I don't have room for many trees in my small garden but this one is a manageable size and some concrete removal opened a spot where it can grow to it's full height.


 This is Spirea ogon. I get no fall color in my zone which is unfortunate, and it is in fact evergreen here. I had a few blooms show up in November and I was afraid that was going to negate a spring bloom , but here it is covered in those delicate little white flowers.

 
 
 
Euphorbia 'Blackbird'  just opening. I love this plant -the blooms last for months and it seems impervious to both heat and frost.
 
 
 Phyllica pubescens . It's survived for over a year-my third try with this plant and I feel very optimistic. 


 Last up is Leucodendron 'Wilsons Wonder'. This shrub will have to be moved -but where is the question. A decision will be made in the next few months, and might involve hiring out removal of a couple of shrubs that are too large and established for me to handle on my own.


 That's the limit of my offerings this month. Thanks to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens as always and be sure to drop in there for a sampling garden bloggers blooms from coast to coast.

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  1. Beautiful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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  2. Hi, I don't know where you are, but these are truly lovely blooms.

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for commenting. I'm in Northern California wine country, zone 9. I'm glad you enjoyed the blooms.

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  3. Beautiful, all of them. Congrats on fabulous Phyllica success--I've killed my three and am out of chances.

    It will be a gorgeous Hellebore post--something to look forward to!

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    1. I feel optimistic about my Phyllica -I worry most about the cold but we have gotten into the high 20's a few times and it sailed through. I have a new (mirrorless) camera so the Hellebores will be my learning experiment.

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  4. Happy Bloom Day, Kathy! I'm glad to hear that your Phylica is thriving. My own plants are fine, although they don't appear to be growing any larger over time (which was also an issue with my original plant years ago). I love your Acacia, which has me considering whether it might be a better substitute for the Toyon I lost 2 years ago than the Olearia I planted, which has barely grown.

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  5. I'm so glad you published the photo of your Phyllica pubescens! I took a picture of one on our Central CA visit last month, and I hadn't figured out an ID yet. What a gorgeous bloomer! As for Euphorbia 'Blackbird', mine in Astoria is not very happy. Maybe I'll show mine your photo as encouragement... Happy Bloom Day, Kathy!

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    1. Did you take it at Back Bay Inn ? I think I have a photo of one I took there. I'm going down in April , so looking forward. I think I'm being an over protective parent to mine. I monitor it constantly.

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  6. Oh, that acacia! Love/hate it. Just trimmed branches off a neighbor's garage yesterday. And the yellow frizzy rain infiltrating every rosette and then the constant leaflet drop. Not to be a downer, but it is a gorgeous debris machine here in zone 10. When I see it cossetted in the PNW, smallish size, probably never blooms, I am jealous! Glad you caught a break at the office to grab your camera. 'Ogon' looks to have an especially elegant growth habit.

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    1. I have to say I've never experienced any leaf drop with this as of yet, but it's in a spot where that won't really matter much if it happens. It couldn't be any worse debris wise that the crape myrtles which spend about 2 months dropping flowers and another month dropping leaves--great for the compost operation though ! And Ogon is very elegant, you are right.

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  7. I don't know if I am more jealous of your Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' or the Phyllica pubescens. GLad you got out into the garden!

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    1. Well if you really want to be jealous take a look at my IG today !

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  8. Beautiful blooms. Especially the acacia-- love a striking foliage like that

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