Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2017

Spring begins officially next Monday, but it's actually been with us here in zone 9a for a while now, and throughout the garden, the blooms are multiplying. 

Another amaryllis has opened up this week.

On the patio table, the pot of pansies and violas still provides some color.

The coral honeysuckle has begun its bloom.

This oxalis is a pernicious weed that grows throughout my garden, including in my lawn (such as it is). But it is such a pretty weed that I can't really get too mad at it. Anyway, it goes away once the weather heats up. 

Its cousin, the domesticated purple oxalis, grows in several beds around the garden as well. On purpose. 

In the herb garden, comfrey is beginning to bloom.

I love the pretty little blooms of chives and they look good and taste good in salads, as well.

Cinnamon basil.

Pineapple sage.

Near the herbs, the tomatoes are in bloom and some already have tiny fruits.

The little tazetta daffodils are still blooming, a bit the worse for wear for being buffeted by recent rainstorms.

Carolina jessamine is on its third - or is it fourth? - flush of blooms.

The 'Peggy Martin' rose that lives on the side of the garden shed is in full bloom.

One cluster of blooms from the old polyantha rose makes a perfect little nosegay.

Not to be outdone, 'Old Blush' is blooming, too.

Most of my Knockout roses came down with rose rosette disease and had to be destroyed. Some of my other roses were affected as well, but this pink Knockout is a survivor.

The yellow cestrum that looked dead in January is blooming now.

The Salvia gregii is beginning to bloom, too.

And the heucera 'Coral Bells' continues to bloom in its bed under the red oak tree. 

In the backyard, the redbud is in full bloom and very soon now will be in full leaf.

It's an exciting time in the garden here on the cusp of spring. Plants are still waking up from winter. Some that I thought I had lost to our January freeze are proving more resilient than I had believed. Every day brings new surprises!

I hope your garden has only good surprises for you. Thank you for taking the time to visit my garden and thank you to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting us. 

Happy Bloom Day! 

24 comments:

  1. Lots of wonderful blooms! The purple Oxalis is gorgeous!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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  2. You already have plenty of blooms, but it seems the sky is still grey! I am collecting amaryllis/hippeastrum, but those pansies are my favorites the moment i laid eyes on them. However they don't thrive in our hot climate. So thanks for those posts.

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    1. The sky is gray because we have been having rain quite frequently, although today dawned bright and sunny. Much appreciated after a string of grayness.

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  3. Wow! Such a treat to see all your blooms, Dorothy! We just got back from a week in Dallas, visiting the littlest grandkids, where it was in the 70's. I was surprised to see roses in full bloom at one of my daughter's neighbors' house. Unfortunately, we came home to the return of winter in Illinois:(

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    1. We have had moderate temperatures for a while now, although it still can get a bit nippy - in the 40s - at night and early morning. We must enjoy it while it lasts. Soon enough it will be in the 90s with humidity to match. Let's hope Illinois is getting its last blast of winter and spring will arrive on time next week!

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  4. Your garden is a beautiful, beautiful treat for me today. Redbuds! You are so ahead of us....as you know from visiting my blog, all that is blooming today is snow, and lots of it.

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    1. Snowflowers - well, they have their own beauty. But, hold on! Spring really is coming.

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  5. Your blooms are so beautiful, especially the amaryllis, pansies, violas and roses. You can't complain! We had a whopper snow storm all day yesterday. It will be a while before all that snow goes away.

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    1. Those late winter storms always seem to be whoppers. Well, stay warm and remember: Spring is coming!

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  6. Roses already! Never mind Spring, that's summer over here. I just finished pruning mine today.

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    1. I pruned mine early this year because I suspected it would be an early spring. I'm glad I did.

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  7. Happy Bloom Day to you! My yard is waking up with new surprises everyday. I needed this today because my sciatica has returned and I am weeping with pain and regret that I can't get out there in the yard and do what needs doing. I will survive and so will the yard, but still.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear your back pain has returned. I've suffered with that myself so I know how frustrating it is. A series of three steroid shots to the spine finally put mine to rest - knock wood! Be well and enjoy your garden. Meantime, enjoy your books.

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  8. You have so many wonderful blooms in your garden and I especially like the purple oxalis and yellow cestrum. The Redbid blooms are gorgeous too! Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. When the redbud is in full bloom, I know spring is here. Unfortunately, summer will follow shortly.

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  9. Wonderful photos Dorothy. I'm always amazed and the number and variety of blooms in your yard at any time. Your post also answers a question - I had planted a Salvia Greggi near a Pineapple Sage and one of them is doing well and blooming. Thanks to your post, I know it's the Salvia Greggi :-) thanks!

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    1. Glad I could help. My experience with Salvia gregii is that it is practically indestructible.

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  10. This looks like a California garden! I can't tell where you're actually located, but I see you're in the same USDA zone as me, so maybe that helps explain how familiar all these plants are to me.

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    1. I'm near the Texas Gulf Coast, just northwest of Houston. No doubt our climates do have much in common.

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  11. Your zone 9 garden looks good to me right now looking as I do from my chilly zone 6. Perfectly lovely. Happy GBBD.

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    1. Zone 6's time is coming and it will be beautiful!

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