Saturday, February 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - The Resilience of Plants

'Peggy Clark' flowering apricot 

What a difference a few days makes! This is not what my flowering apricot looks like today.

'Peggy Clark' flowering apricot

This is what it looks like today. A few days ago we experienced that "great winter storm" that much of the nation experienced. I was sure my flowering apricot blooms would look like mush by Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. But no, I forgot about the great resilience of plants.

Joker hellebore on Wednesday

Joker hellebore today

It's true, though. I don't have very many flowers blooming today, especially if you compare today to last year at this time. Check out what I had blooming then. I had quite a few bulbs blooming as well as more hellebores and the 'Peggy Clark'. Patience, Grasshopper.

I wasn't hopeful at this point.

But they're back!

I wish I knew which blooms these are. I recall a bulb expert (Celia Jones) telling me that 'February Gold' was one of the first to bloom around here. And I recall digging some up at Celia's farm. But then Scott from Old House Gardens thought these might be the common Lent lilies. I don't know but I am very happy with them. They are almost always the first to bloom.

Rosemary blooms encased in ice

I'm not sure where the bees are today. I hope they're just still warming up.

Little Women rose in ice. There may not be a bloom here but at least the red colors are pretty.

So... I have a sum total of three plants blooming today. Not the norm. But I believe in the great resilience of plants. Check with me next month. :-)

And be sure to visit Carol's blog to see what's blooming around the world today. I'm sure there are blooms somewhere, at least in the southern hemisphere!

This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2014. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.


  1. I don't have much more than 3 in my Bloom Day post either. It's discouraging, but then it's also hopeful at the same time. So glad things melted for you in time for today's post. Happy GBBD!

  2. How wonderful that the blooms recovered from the ice!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  3. They all look lovely...both encased in ice, and without ice. I have zero blooms to show, in or out of ice...but you're in a different climate so that's to be expected. We have a foot of snow on the ground...maybe I'll make a GBBD post and show snow ;)

  4. Amazing! I think that one(or a few) day(s) of frost maybe isn't as bad as months of rain. Your pictures are gorgeous and your plants clearly very resilient. I remember my Helleborus Niger didn't survive a whole month of frost in feb two years ago. I had the 'frosted' pictures then, just didn't get the 'survival' pictures afterwards. Love to see your garden so full of spring already, Even if there's no real winter weather over here, because of all the rain and the garden being flooded, it doesn't look like spring yet and plants are far behind their normal schedule.

  5. Beautiful photos. It's better not to have many blooming flowers. At least you won't have lots of frost damage in your garden.

  6. They seem to have enjoyed their icy crust. You have wisely chosen plants which can withstand that kind of treatment.

  7. Not only is it nice to see something blooming outdoors, but it's also so encouraging to see that these blooms survived the ice. I'm wondering about some tender plants I have in the garden and whether they have survived the winter. But I won't know until all the snow covering them has melted. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  8. I'm so glad you had some blooms despite the depradations of winter!

  9. I like your post very much i had nice time while reading your post


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