|Purple coneflower hanging in there|
My garden has been under siege. Okay, I know you Northerners are under snow. But us Southerners are not used to day after day of freezing temps. And the sun - where did that go? So I haven't been too inspired to blog since it's too darn cold to go outdoors. Yet today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. How can I consider myself a garden blogger if I don't brave the freeze and search for some blooms? I was happy to find a few, though it's a paltry number.
|Meyer lemon blooms|
Oh dear, the poor Meyer lemon tree. I planted it in a stock tank along a southern wall but it has not been happy this winter. Nevertheless, it continues to bloom. I only hope it can find a few pollinators this time of year.
And I have one lemon, which must have frozen many times. I still think I'll be able to use it.
|Faithful rosemary continues to bloom|
The rosemary in the same stock tank as the lemon tree has shrugged off the cold. It will continue to bloom throughout the winter.
|'Red Cascade' climbing rose|
The roses have been another story. There are a few blooms here and there but many show signs of freezing.
|Frozen 'Belinda's Dream' bud - this will never open|
|Savannah holly berries|
Here's a bit of color - berries on the Savannah hollies (technically they were blooms at one time). It always amazes me how the birds wait until just the right time to start devouring them. In two days flat the mockingbirds, cedar waxwings, and robins will completely strip off the berries.
|Yucca rigida 'Blue', Yucca rupicola 'Blue', and Blue Glow agave|
Who says you can't have color in the garden when nothing is blooming? :-)
Be sure to visit Carol's blog to see more blooms from around the world!
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2013. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.