I've previously commented on the impact our unseasonably warm weather has had on my garden. A number of plants, most notably the Agapanthus, are blooming considerably ahead of schedule. Most of what was blooming in January is still blooming so, rather than publish pictures of all the same flowers, I thought I'd focus on the heaviest bloomers this month, as well as some of my newer acquisitions.
If I was to recognize one genus as the most floriferous this February, that award would go to Osteospermum. Right now, every single member of this genus in my garden is blooming, and blooming heavily.
|Osteospermum ecklonis '3D Silver'|
|Osteospermum 'Lemonade,' a new acquisition|
|Osteospermum 'Serenity Purple'|
|This trailing variety of Osteospermum, here when we moved in, seems happy in partial shade|
|Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst' - during the warmer portion of the year, all of the flowers tend to bloom a purplish color but, during cooler periods, we see this nice range of color in the blooms on the same plant|
Other plants deserving recognition for heavy bloom include the following:
|Alstroemeria (no ID), which comes back every year after a period of summer dormancy|
|A sun-saturated photo of the white Argyranthemum - all the Argyranthemum are in full bloom now too|
|This Bauhinia x blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid Tree) currently has more flowers than leaves|
|Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' - its performance is so impressive in an out of bloom that I've added 2 more to the front border|
|Cuphea x ignea 'Starfire Pink,' which blooms continuously until I hack it back|
|Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum,' one of my favorites for the sunshine glow it adds to garden beds|
|Grevillea lavandulacea 'Penola' - those flowers make up for their tiny size in sheer number|
|Hebe 'Patty's Purple' - this is the 1st year it has pumped out a steady supply of blooms|
|Papaver nudicaule (Iceland Poppy) - the bees and I love them|
|Limonium perezii (aka Statice or Sea Lavender) - ordinary, perhaps, but the bright purple is welcome in my dry garden|
|Lavandula multifida (Fernleaf Lavender) - its photos never do it justice|
Some relatively recent additions to the garden are also adding color:
|Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' - how can you not love that color combination?|
|Geranium x cantabrigiense "Biokovo' - these created a blanket groundcover in my former garden but I've had a harder time getting them to establish here|
|Nemesia 'Berries & Cream' - I'm as much a sucker for these blooms as I am for pansies|
|Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP,' planted in the dry garden - it died out in my backyard border in 2 years. I'm hoping it'll be happier with drier feet.|
|Pericallis hybrid (aka Florist's Cineraria) - I used to grow the taller varieties of Cineraria but they're hard to find now|
|Pretty purple viola (no ID)|
As the blooms from bulbs are so temporary, I guess I should include a few photos of those as well. The Anemones and Freesia are among my favorites.
|While I've grown quite a few of these from tubers, those pictured here were purchased in 4-inch pots last month|
|However, these Anemone 'Dr. Fokker' were grown from tubers|
|As was this pink variety|
|I wish I'd planted more Freesia bulbs this year - this purple one was planted last year or the year before|
|As was this white Freesia|
Ming kept me company as I photographed blooms for this post. It tuckered him out.
|Ming relaxing during our picture-taking exercise|
That's it for my February bloom report. Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, our gracious host for the monthly Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day event, to see what's blooming in her garden and find links for other contributing gardeners.