It's truly slim pickins here on this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I'm assuming that might be the case around the country as well, what with the weird weather everyone's been having (unless you live in Vancouver, maybe you have some blooms up there??). A couple weeks ago I posted a photo of some branches of Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles sp.) that I was forcing indoors (seen here). The blooms indoors are much lighter than what you see outdoors, as evidenced above.
Flowering Quince Bush
Many people commented that they wanted to try growing one of these at home so I wanted to show you all what the bush looks like. It's really fairly non-descript, much more so when it's just leaves and no blooms. I wish the bush would bloom all at once but you can see above that it doesn't. Mine has never developed fruit although I hear you can create a nice jelly from it. As the branches on the bush mature, they develop some nice one inch long thorns. Not much fun when you're trying to remove the privet that grows up amongst its branches in my case! The good thing about it is that it's fairly drought tolerant, grows in just about any soil, and blooms for a couple of weeks. The bad thing? It's just not that pretty when not in bloom and there's those nasty thorns.
Prostrate or Creeping Rosemary
The only other plants blooming in the garden are the rosemary's. Back in January they were blooming as well but the hard freezes put an end to that. Now it's up and at 'em again. I have two kinds, the prostrate or creeping rosemary seen above, and the upright kind seen below.
Hopefully you can see the subtle differences in the two blooms. I haven't seen the bees yet. Probably too cold for them.
I had to sneak one last snow photo in. The snow from last week is long gone but it was a thrill while it lasted.
Be sure to visit Carol's blog to see links to more of what's in bloom around the world!
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2009. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.