Sunday, February 15, 2009

GB Bloom Day, Feb 2009

Well here's what I've got going for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. It's not much, but it's probably more than my more northerly garden blogger friends! To see what others have going for this day, check out Carol's GBBD post. Below is my little Camellia japonica, Pearl Maxwell. It's still a very small bush, only planted last year, but it's got a good 6 to 8 blooms on it (finally).

Below are a couple of potted arrangements. "Bright Lights" swiss chard, alyssum, and Imperial Antique Shades pansies.

I'm anxiously awaiting the opening of my first daffodils. I'm starting to see them popping up along the highways.

My dwarf pomegranate has its first bud.

And my Improved Meyer Lemon tree is starting up a round of buds, for which I'm very grateful.

My rosemary is in full bloom and the bees are loving it.

And last but not least, my calendula, which blooms in various shades of yellow and orange, is blooming.

Don't forget it's the Great Backyard Bird Count weekend. You still have Monday to watch some birds and report your findings!


  1. Oh,my gosh....the picture in your header is wonderful. I can't stop looking at it.

  2. Fantastic header photo and I love the bee visitng Rosemary! Your camellia is lovely...I bought one the other day. Very daring soil is neutral so she will live in a container...White By The Gate is her name!

  3. Love the camellia photo. That is one pretty flower.

    Always Growing

  4. Lovely, lovely, Jean! I can almost smell the sweet alyssum; it's one of my favorite fragrances. I really like the color combos you did for your pots. Thanks for sharing these touches of color with us still-frozen northerners.

  5. Donna and Gail - thank you! I took the picture in my header a couple years ago not too far from here. Daffodils grow so well and wild around here, something I really treasure.

    Jan and Nan - thank you! I can't get enough alyssum and camellias are new to me, so another fun try.

    I'll be getting to all your blogs soon. I've developed a darn cold yesterday so I'm moving a bit slow!

  6. Hi Jean, so wonderful are all your blooms! And to see a bee, well that is just the icing on the cake!

  7. Jean,
    Love the header picture of the old barn and field of daffodils. When I see old abandoned homesteads with flower and shrub survivors from those old days in my mind's eye I can imagine happy and better days of those families who once lived there and did the plantings.

    I liked this post....particularly the beautiful camellia photo. Very nice indeed.

    Jon at Mississippi Garden

  8. Another beautiful photo for your header. I love it. I am eagerly awaiting my camellias. I don't know why they are so slow to bloom this year.

  9. Leading with a camellia is always a good idea, Jean. What a gorgeous flower for Bloom Day. It's good to see bees already buzzing in your garden too.

  10. Yes, that's a lot more bloom than I have in my garden. Thanks for sharing them all with us for bloom day!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  11. Color me jealous of your daffodils! I never have gotten mine to put on a show for me.

  12. Hello - thanks for your visit over at my place :)

    I do envy you your camellia - I love them, but sadly our soil's too alkaline for them.

    We had a very mild day yesterday and like you had the bees come and visit.

  13. What a beautiful Camellia - such lovely colouring.
    Love the header photo

  14. Oh that Camellia looks good enough to eat! Ms. Maxwell sure is a beauty:) I also love the shade of the pansies. Really pretty. I love your photo of the Rosemary with the bee!!! You have some gorgeous outdoor blooms Jean. I had to go out and buy indoor plants because I was going stir-crazy for some kind of bloom...anything!!

  15. Your photos are amazing! You've got a lot blooming and the bee shot is cool, I try again and again to catch the bees...they are so fast! I've not heard of the bird count...I'll have to get in on that:)

  16. I'm thinking, after seeing that last photo, that the calendula may be what's blooming in my back bed. I like your potted arrangements variety of color. I can't recall if my rosemary has ever bloomed...


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