Monday, January 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for January

Muscari armeniacum 'Alida' 

On this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day there is zip, nada, not a thing blooming outdoors in my garden. That's fairly unusual for this southern garden but we've had some pretty severe freezes in the first part of January. And we're on the precipice of some more temps in the teens preceded by SNOW!! That is a major event down here, lol! But back to the topic of blooms... I managed to squeeze out a bloom plus an almost bloom today indoors.

'Lizard Lips' aloe

From the succulents that are indoors, the 'Lizard Lips' aloe is still blooming. In fact, it's almost always in bloom. It's quite a hit with the hummingbirds when it's outdoors. The blooms are pretty small as is the plant.

Muscari armeniacum 'Alida'

This past fall I sprang for some pre-chilled muscari bulbs from Brent and Becky's Bulbs. They arrived in mid December and are just putting on buds. I have two pots of them and can't wait to see them all in bloom. They should get darker than this photo. Even though I planted both pots at the same time, one pot is just about to burst into bloom and the other is taking it's time. That's okay. The show will last longer that way.

Be sure to visit Carol's blog, May Dreams Gardens, where she compiles all the GBBD posts from around the world. I'm sure something is blooming in the southern hemisphere at least!

This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2018. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.


  1. Good luck on the freezes...hope your garden stays safe!

  2. I love muscari and the flowers last for days-but, the ones I have out in the garden have such straggly, grassy foliage that makes them look so untidy. I don't know what the secret is to getting stocky stems. Happy Bloom Day

    1. I'm not sure there's a secret about stocky stems because I think most varieties get straggly as you say. I didn't like having them in my garden because of that. But thought I'd try forcing them to see if I like that better. We'll see!

  3. We've been hearing about your cold spells in the south. It has been an unusually cold winter here as well in the northeast. Your muscari blooms are a nice sight, as we won't be seeing those for another two months! Happy Bloom Day!

  4. Jean - We are used to snow and ice. These weather fluctuations must be really painful to you in the southland. Even so, things look really nice down there.

  5. This winter has been quite a shock for all of us in the South!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  6. I can't believe all the snow and cold temperatures all of you in the South are experiencing this year--crazy weather! I didn't even get a Bloom Day post done, because I have nothing blooming right now, though I'm waiting on an amaryllis and some paperwhites. I've never thought of forcing muscari--thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I'm jealous of your spring. However, the sting is taken away as I look forward to seeing you again in Austin.


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