|I planted 2 varieties of species tulips in early December but only half-expected blooms. Seeing Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane' suddenly appear all at once was a delightful discovery. I'm still waiting on T. clusiana 'Cynthia'.|
Other bulb blooms were more predictable.
|This noID bearded Iris on my back slope was in bud for weeks but didn't open until last week|
|Italian hybrid Anemone 'Mistral Rarity' had a single bloom prior to Bloom Day this month but is now unfurling one bloom after another|
|Another hybrid, Anemone 'Mistral Azzurro', followed on 'Rarity's' heels. The stems on this one are longer.|
|A few blue Freesias have been in bloom for almost a month but this week Freesias in all sorts of colors are making an appearance|
|Some of the larger-cupped daffodils showed up this week, scattered in various corners of the back garden. I don't have names for most of them.|
|Sparaxis tricolor showed up this week too. The vast majority of mine are orange but there are a few whites and pinks.|
|Calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) planted by some prior gardener on the back slope reappear every year, aided by rain. The plants completely disappear during out hot, dry summers.|
A couple of other plants caught me by surprise too.
|Daphne odora 'Leucanthe', purchased on a whim back in October, bloomed. I'd given it a 50-50 chance here.|
|I'd forgotten pretty Osteospermum ' Spring Day', planted 2 years ago, before it was suddenly covered in blooms. The petals are pale pink on top and a sunny yellow underneath.|
That's my late February line-up but, with 3 days left in the month, who's to say there won't be more? I'll be watching the garden closely!
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