Last month, I had too many flowers to pick from for my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post. This month, I had to look more carefully for flowers.
The flowers stay on the plants for a long time, which is nice since the plants themselves aren't as full as I'd hoped. If we don't have a record freeze this year, maybe the plants will grow more stems during the spring instead of having to start from the roots.
Piegon berry is growing near the shrimp plant in dry part-shade. Normally, its leaves are green, but recently they've turned shades of pink. This is its peak display of the year.
In the backyard, one of my Archduke Charles rose bushes is blooming like mad. The other is giving a more sporatic show.
My last strong bloomer this month is sweet olive. If I hadn't been looking for blooms to show you for GBBD, I would have missed these. Each plant had lots of tiny flowers but apparently not enough to create the hallmark strong apricot scent that you can smell from a distance. I couldn't smell anything until I got very close.
|Nandina, Sweet Olive, Sweet Olive - March 2009|
|Rose, Sweet Olive, Nandina, Sweet Olive, Sweet Olive, Bailey - November 2010|
My mini joy sedums are displaying almost a whole life cycle at once: immature buds, full buds, youthful flowers, aging flowers and seed heads.
A few "wanna be flowers" are looking great right now.
I also have a few plants for whom blooms are the exception right now rather than the rule.
|Garlic Chives (I love the tangled straps in the background)|
|Lonely lantana bloom|
|Solitary black and blue salvia flower|
|Petunia and Sweet Alyssum|