Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Lenten roses, Helleborus orientalis
Well, Carol's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day was yesterday and Pam's Foliage Follow-up is today, and I'm barely getting anything together for either. I had planned to post some photos of my lettuce and kale for Foliage Follow-up but the previous two weeks of extended below freezing weather has killed them! But I'm happy to say I can show two different blooms for GBBD, even if I'm a day late. My little Lenten rose is still thrilling me with its blooms. Funny how something so little yet so new to my garden is such a thrill. When I purchased this online, it said "multi-colored," meaning they probably didn't know what I'd end up with. Well, I'm happy with this color. The other one is not blooming so that'll probably be a surprise for next winter.

Meyer lemon tree
My little ol' Meyer lemon is blooming up a storm inside. Now that all the blooms are opening, I can smell it when I walk in the door. I may have to take it outside this weekend (we've had temps in the upper 60s here!), just so some stray bee can pollinate it for me. I want some lemons!

Meyer lemon blossoms
I hope you all can visit both Carol and Pam's blogs to see what other gardeners have going in their gardening worlds.

And don't forget the Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday, going through Monday. It only takes a little of your time to become a citizen scientist!

This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2010. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.


  1. Thanks for the link love. I'm loving your lemon tree -- so sweet in bloom. Hope you get some lemons this year.

  2. Hi Jean,
    The lemon tree looks lovely, and so much flower on it. My favourite Hellebore is Helleborus lividus corsicus, although it does sound like the name of a roman centurian!

  3. You have two plants I am longing to have. Hellebores are on the list for this spring although they will never bloom in February around here, but I don't think I have room for a Meyer lemon. alas.

  4. How exciting to have a hellebore in bloom! This will be the second year for my small planting, so I'm hoping for more blooms than I had last year. They're certainly a welcome sight when you're so eager for spring.

    Two of my grandkids are staying here for the next few days, so I will have some extra willing helpers for the Bird Count:)

  5. I am way jealous of your Meyer Lemon tree. I would kill for those blooms and that scent! Mine looks so weak and is barely holding right now. Thanks for posting.

  6. Oh, Jean...your Meyer Lemon tree is so pretty. Could you hear me ooohhhing and aaahhhing as I looked at the photo.

    Very nice!


  7. Such a sweet hellebore! A beautiful shade of pink. And your lemon is just blooming its little heart out for you! Hope you get some lemons.

  8. Love the Lemon Tree...mine could not survive the scale. Missing it.

  9. I've tried 2 yrs now to have a Hellebore but sadly they both died shortly after putting them in the ground. I sure would like to have one make it.
    Love that Meyer Lemon. I just purchased mine & it's not blooming. Maybe after I get it settled it will have blooms/lemons next yr. I sure hope so.

  10. Love your lemon tree blooms! This is the first winter I've had mine, and I kept it inside most of the time to keep it nice and warm. But, all this time that it was inside it only gave me one bloom, looks like I'm doing something wrong and it probably wasn't getting enough light inside.

  11. You should have lots of lemons this year!

  12. Yay for the Hellebore, Jean - a few people here have tried them and your photo is very tempting!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  13. That lemon tree is such a cutie! I wish I had enough bright direct light inside to grow one. Lucky you!!

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  15. Can't wait for the hellebores here! How fun to have home-grown lemons soon!


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