Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – January 2010

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With most of the country being hit so hard this past month with unusually frigid weather I thought it might be a bit rude to talk about the blooms that are currently in my Northern Californian garden.  Yes, I know that’s the whole purpose of the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day event, (a wonderful monthly celebration of gardens, created by Carol over at May Dreams Gardens) so instead, I thought I’d show a different type of flower that’s blooming in my garden….

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Like many of you, I have a zillion ‘flowery’ things in my garden…from stepping stones….

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…to wrought iron flowers hanging on fences and gates, or simply standing proud in a garden, waiting for Sweet Peas to scurry up them ….


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… flowers on arbors and carved on a potting bench…

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…and flowers immortalized in cement or brass…  They’re all beautiful, they never need watering, and they look good 24/7!

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Okay…I can’t resist …here’s just a few ‘real’ flowers to show you that are looking particularly good in my garden right now…

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California’s native Ribes sanguineum is just now starting it’s Winter show of color…the blooms look especially beautiful on it’s bare stems this time of year!

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Every Summer I have scads and scads of these Feverfew (seedlings started many years ago from my grandmother’s Lake Tahoe garden)…but this one just never went to sleep for the Winter and is still kickin’ out the blooms!

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This is one of my favorite scented camellias -‘Scentsation’.  Actually, I don’t know why people say regular camellias don’t smell – I think they all have a wonderful smell – very earthy, like beets!  But this one is particularly fragrant…not beet-like at all, but rather sweet…

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Speaking of fragrant!  The Narcissus are just starting to pop up, scenting all the air around them….these look particularly beautiful popping up through the Senecio greyi ‘Sunshine’.

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This purple flowering Kale is the epitome of the perfect purple Winter flower!

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Okay – I know I keep submitting photos of this Correa pulchella…but c’mon..can you blame me?  It’s THAT amazing!  Blooming from December all the way through April!

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.In fact, I love this plant so much I’ve made a little video about it (starring my canaries!)…

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Have a look – and thanks for stopping by!

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[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4sdBFbeUWw]


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  • Ok, second try here. I love seeing the photos and most especially the ribes, which is my all time favorite. It is so gorgeous when in bloom, and the flowers entice all the hummers and fuzzy-rumped bumblebees in the neighborhood over into my yard.

    Rain, rain, rain here. You too? I can’t wait to rip into my gardens and plant again.

    Hoping to see you in March.

    Love,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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    • Hello Sharon! Yes, it’s raining like mad here….really wonderful, isn’t it! Now maybe we can get our poor reservoirs back up to a decent level!! I haven’t noticed the bumblebees on my ribes….thanks for pointing that out! I’ll pay more attention this year, as it seems to have tons of flowers on it! Keeping my fingers crossed for a March visit from you!!

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  • I love the flowery garden art, and the flowering kale–wow!

    Looking forward to seeing your best foliage tomorrow for Foliage Follow-Up!

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  • Considering how sunlight challenged my balcony garden is, those ‘alternative’ flowers might be a good choice for me. Still, the calendula buds are starting to open, and will soon be part of my salad.

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  • Love all the blooms, real & accents! Those metal flower stakes are really cute. I love how you have placed them randomly.

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  • I love your garden decor! That correa is nice, and I would brag about it all the time too! Thank you for sharing your CA color with us. Everything is so brown and grey this time of year.

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  • Love the little video and ALL the bling in your garden! Correa is such a great secret weapon for California gardeners needing something to plant in dry oak woodlands, thanks for giving it a moment in the sun!

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  • What a wonderful collection of “flowery” finds in your garden. Not only are they a year ’round garden, but I bet they evoke fun memories of the places and people you were with when you bought them. Great idea!

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