So, if rain signifies winter, then it appears this is still winter but those of you in colder climates might not draw that conclusion from a look at what I've got blooming this month. I'll start off with a look at the genera packing the biggest floral punch right now.
First, there are the African daisies, Arctotis and Osteospermum.
|On the left is Arctotis 'Pink Sugar' and on the right is A. 'Opera Pink'|
|Clockwise from the left are Osteospermum '4DSilver', a noID Osteospermum that's planted itself in several areas of my garden, what may be a mutated form of O. 'Berry White', O. 'Violet Ice', and O. 'Summertime Sweet Kardinal'|
Next up are the Grevilleas. While some flower year-round, others have a more restricted bloom period.
|Two somewhat smaller shrubs that bloom for just a portion of the year are: Grevillea rosmarinifolia x alpina (left) and G. 'Scarlet Sprite' (right)|
|The ever-blooming category includes the large-flowered Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream'|
|And Grevillea 'Superb', an even more profuse bloomer in my garden|
Beyond the plants in these genera, there are a few others making bold statements right now.
|Calliandra haematocephala (aka Pink Powder Puff)|
|Several of the Leucadendron have winter "blooms." This one, L. 'Summer Red', is relatively new to my garden but still putting on a good late winter show.|
|All my rosemary are blooming but I'm a little in love with this one, Rosmarinus 'Gold Dust'|
A variety of bulbs have also begun their bloom cycles.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Freesia, Alstroemeria 'Inca Husky', Anemone coronaria, Ipheion uniflorum, the first daffodil bloom (noID), and Sparaxis tricolor|
No, that's not it. With Bloom Day coming on the heels of Valentine's Day, it was hard to miss all the pink and red flowers the garden has to offer.
|Red flowers include, clockwise from the left: Leucadendron salignum 'Chief', L. 'Wilson's Wonder', Gaillardia aristata 'Gallo Red', Mimulus 'Jelly Bean Red', and Ranunculus asiaticus|
And, as I can't bring myself to overlook what's flowering in other colors, here are two more collages to capture the rest.
|Blue and purple blooms include, from upper left: Tibouchina lepidota (new!), Felicia aethipica, Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', Lavandula multifida, Limonium perezii, and Matthiola incana|
I thought the current floral explosion might be attributable to all the rain we've had but, looking back at last year's February post, I found there's not really much difference. It'll be interesting to see if the rain makes a difference in the floral output in subsequent months. That's it for me. Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming in her garden and other parts of the world.
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