Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bloom Day-March 09

Camellia sasanqua, unknown cultivar. This is also the camellia that has a sport/variegation on the foliage.
This is a long shot of the camellia pictured above. The camellias are actually red, though it appears they are pinkish in the first picture. One of these days I'll figure out how to use photo editing stuff-maybe:)

White camellia sasanqua. Not sure the cultivar.

Hyacinths. Taken inside the house looking out the kitchen window.

Hellebore. AKA Lenten Rose.
Forysthia. Unknown cultivar.
Siberian Scilla, Scilla sibirica.
Hellebore.
Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain'. Note the hairy flower. I find this plant very interesting and an awesome addition to any shade garden. The foliage is evergreen. 'Diane Clare' is also blooming.
Hellebore. Can you tell I'm liking-no make that loving-the hellebores this year?
Crocuses. 'Giant Mixed'.
Flowering quince. Chaenomeles japonica 'Rubra'. 'Texas Scarlet', and 'Jet Trail' (a white cultivar) are also blooming.
An amaryllis; a gift from my father two years ago. This one must be an Easter amaryllis because it always blooms in time for Easter.
I checked last March's Bloom Day post; which was the first one I ever posted. All of these flowers were blooming but some are added, such as the camellia and hyacinths. Also, I had a tree peony blooming last year, and primroses in the garden. While I do have a tree peony this year it is not blooming, and I did not buy primroses since they simply do not last more than one season here in my Tennessee garden.
The begonias I posted on last month's Bloom Day, have failed miserably for me. I think I gave them too much water and attention. I need to remember that in the future.
Also blooming but not pictured are: pansies, vinca, Glory of the Snow, Flowering Almond, aka Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea Plena', red geraniums (inside the house under grow lights), and muscari (last year the muscari were way ahead of this year's blooms).
If my records are right and the weather is similar to last year's, folks in this area can expect the tulips to bloom around the end of the month, along with the redbuds, crabapples, bleeding hearts, and verbena 'Homestead'. Already in Clarksville the amount of plants blooming is amazing. I have noticed: 'Bradford' pears, some cherries, magnolias, and many forsythias. It is looking lovely....
in the garden....

43 comments:

  1. Great post and pictures, Tina. I have tried helleborous several times without success. I was visiting my daughter in Buford yesterday. It's amazing how much more there is blooming down your way but we're not too far behind. When it stops raining, I'll get back out there and see what's popped up in my absence.

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  2. Looks like spring has sprung for you. I love that double white hellebore.

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  3. Tina .. Girl you have so much going on in your garden ! It is all lovely and I can't wait to catch up to you ? LOL

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  4. Very nice photos Tina. I am thinking that Hellebores are going to be in the catagory with orchids-- too many pretty ones, can't choose!

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  5. Tina--
    Such a colorful post! It's great to see what's in everyone's garden now that spring is slowly emerging across the blogs.

    Cheers,
    Cameron

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  6. Tina,

    The Flowering quince is something I used to not pay attention to. This year I saw one that was 10 foot tall it really got my attention. Great photos BTW.

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  7. Great blooms to wake up to this morning! Yes, the area is blooming with color and we are enjoying the pears all over town even though a tough tree to own. My dads poor tree has only a few blooms as he topped it to keep it from splitting. Sigh, but still pretty everywhere we turn in TN...

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  8. Lucky girl to have those lovely blooms on GBBD, great stuff Tina!

    xoxo Tyra

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  9. All very nice! We are still snow, snow, snow everywhere!

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  10. Hellebores - what's not to love? It's interesting that your Pulmonaria is evergreen. It isn't here, but it starts sending out new leaves very early. The Camellia flowers are so perfect, they look fake.

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  11. It's amazing how so much is blooming just several hours south of us. Your hellebores are lovely; they've really grown on me, too--I can't wait to have some in my garden. And that camellia--just gorgeous!

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  12. Your blooms this month are beautiful Tina! I don't blame you for "loving" the Hellebores. I have some being delivered this week and can't wait to enjoy their blooms too. Looks like we have similar things blooming in our areas so now I know what to look forward to as the month progresses. :)

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  13. Wow!!! Living in Maine it is hard to think about all those blooms in the middle of March. I do have Crocuses up with a few buds on them. Some of the buds are big enough that I can see purple peeking out.

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  14. Tina,
    I love how your hyacinth forcing vases add additional color. I'm particularly fond of the double hellebores because they are different and mine are all singles. I see some things in your post that I can add to my early spring garden. As always thanks for the information.
    Donna

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  15. Kathy, Make sure you get the oriental hellebores, not the Christmas ones. Those ones died in my garden. This might be the problem as hellebores are easy to grow. Just a bit of shade. Good luck and have a good visit with your daughter!

    Les, Spring is here for sure! That double sure is special.

    Joy, What are you talking about? You are going to pass my garden up with way more very soon!:)

    Janet, Get a good variety then let them comingle-then you can't go wrong. There are tons!

    Randy, Yes! They get quite large! I like them very much. Unassuming and pretty easy, shade tolerant too but do best in the sun. The big ones are stunning.

    Skeeter, Yes-gotta love Tennessee! Lots of blooms-as does Georgia!

    Tyra, Yes-very lucky!

    Dawn, Will the snow ever go away??

    MMD, The pulmonaria gets a bit weary, but it is still there for sure the whole winter. I love this guy. Many gardeners here do not grow it and when they come to the garden they cannot believe it. Too bad I can't divide it for them but last year for the first time I had some seedings-all spoken for! I hope yours seeds well as they are wonderful plants.

    Rose, You just would not believe that awesome camellia. Covered with red blooms. Stunning with the green leaves. And it grows despite neglect. I sited it properly I think. I bet soon you can grow some up there too. Everyone tells me I'm not supposed to be able to grow them here but there are many around town. Yes, you will simply adore hellebores in your garden. I am really looking for mine to spread.

    Racquel, We have very similar plants and weather patterns. I think you are actually about a week or so ahead of me here. Pretty close for sure.

    Mom, YAHOO on the crocuses! You will have tons of blooms soon. I remember planting quite a few bulbs for you. Hang in there.

    Donna, Yes, lots of neat stuff in our gardens. Tennessee is such a wonderful state to garden in.

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  16. You have lots of pretties blooming and your pictures are great. I thought I'd go out and see if anything is blooming but the biggest whitest flakes are coming down - yesterday it was flooding. So needless to say I haven't checked on anything. O'well it's probably drowned by now anyway. LOL

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  17. Good afternoon! I think this is the Hellebore Year! They are everywhere and fantastic...I saw a few at a nearby nursery that I would love to have...but not on the really need list! Your camellias are beautiful Tina...thanks for encouraging me to go ahead and plant mine in the garden...White By The Gate is still pink! I am so ready for the ground to dry just a bit so we can garden. Spring is here and in your garden, too! gail

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  18. Tina those camellias are gorgeous. Such beautiful dark green foliage too.

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  19. Along with your flowers, I love your little colored bottles. I lack a window over my sink here in this garden home. Sort of miss that. Where did you find such sweet little bottles?
    Brenda

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  20. RainGardener, I always say rain is good-very good!

    Gail, You'll love your camellia. They are fairly easy and I think yours looks great!

    Sweetbay, the foliage is the best part for me. A splendid shrub indeed.

    Brenda, Funny story on those bottles. Hubby purchased me a forcing kit for Christmas. He found some of the bottles in that kit at Kmart marked down. The rest (the frosted ones) I found at the thrift shop-all for a $1. Couldn't believe it! No one knew what they were. I haven't used them for forcing as the crocuses did not make it, maybe next year. Thanks for asking.

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  21. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff here today, Tina! My favorites are the quince and the hellebores...and I have never seen camellia so perfectly formed!

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  22. Hi Tina, I'm practically drooling over your beautiful blooms, especially the camellias and hellebores.

    The amaryllis is gorgeous! If mine blooms at all, it won't be for a few weeks since I just found it in a dark corner in the basement a few days ago.

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  23. Beautiful!!! Look at your camellias, mine look like they will start blooming soon. Hellebores have become a favorite of mine for sure this year. I've had them for a long time, but really I think I'm appreciating them for how well they perform not matter what the weather. I love your double variety. I don't have any like that.

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  24. I love your indoor Hyacinth display

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  25. I love your display too! And your colours are gorgeous! The reds are so beautiful. So are all the other blooms. As for the hellebores, I'm jealous! Lovely post, Tina.

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  26. Great post Tina. My camellia finished blooming about 2 weeks ago. The discoloration on the leaves must be something local as mine are not the only one. Love the hellebores--must get some.
    My kitchen window is for rooting. Always something in water for rooting sitting on window sell.

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  27. hi tina, such lovely flowers, they are so nice ! slowly spring also is comeing at Bremen :-)))
    look at
    http://hopkinsgarten.blogspot.com/
    herzlich Kathrin

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  28. You have such lovely flowers in your garden!
    Last year, I wrote a blogpost (in Dutch) explaining the color-change in the Pulmonaria's flower. I'll try to translate it when the lungwort is flowering in my garden too, and mention the link...

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  29. I'm loving your hellebores too Tina. I wish I had some like them to showcase! The camellias are another favorite I can't grow here. Nice variety of blooms. I'm afraid I don't have nearly as many.

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  30. Well, I certainly don't need any hot cocoa after touring your garden. What a lovely change from the bland whiteness of my snow covered landscape.

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  31. All the hellebores shared here this spring have really made me long for one! Will have to remedy that for next year. Where did you find all those brightly colored hyacinth vases?

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  32. Hey all, thanks for dropping by and checking out the blooms here in my garden. I am glad so many like the hyacinth vases-a gift from hubby he purchased at Kmart, and some from the thrift shop. I enjoy them for all sorts of buds. The hyacinths hold up well and smell so good as you all know. Yes! Everyone should grow a few hellebores. I am smitten for sure.

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  33. Very nice blooms, everyone has peaked my interest in hellebores, wonder how they would do in zone 8?

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  34. Camelias are magnificent! I really would like to have one. We were at IKEA the other day and the had very beuliful Camelias on sale. I was temped to bye one, but since I don't have any good place for them durign the winter I had to ler it be / gittan

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  35. Hi Tina, when you started out with camellias I thought it was Skeeter posting! I just do not have good luck with them, poor placement and care most likely the culprit. The tree peonies usually bloom here in April, yours must really be in a protected spot. Our Yoshino cherry is half open now, too early!
    Frances

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  36. Darla, You'll love them!

    Gittan, Thanks so much. Camellias are wunderbar!

    Frances, here is the trick. Plant on the north side of something-try your house. And plant the camellia sasanquas vs the camellia japonicas. Mine are about 10 feet tall and doing great. The warm spot will not work. It needs to stay cold and sheltered on the north side. They will do great for you.

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  37. It is beautiful in your Tennessee garden. Looks a bit like Oklahoma, but I can't grow Camellias. Wish I could, but you can't grow everything. Hope your weather settles down, and you get to enjoy a great spring.~~Dee

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  38. Wow, Tina you have a lot going on. The camellias are beautiful.

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  39. What a feast for the eyes! I love the window shot and the camelias.

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  40. Oh my goodness, so much beauty! I like the pulmonaria plant, it's so unusual looking. Looks like spring is a comin and your garden will soon be covered in blossoms :)

    I wanted you to know that your comment was lost because I had to delete the entire interview of Dawn's, download the pics and start over. Thanks for commenting again!
    Karrita

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  41. Love the pulmanaria! Of course, the hellebores are wonderful...especially that very last one! And the giant Yellow crocuses, wow! Love the quince, too! You have a lot of vases for forcing bulbs...and I am certain they have brought you tons of pleasure through the winter! I definitely need to get myself some. I don't own a single bulb vase!

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  42. Lovely blooms, Tina. I like the Siberian Scilla and of course your hellebores. I'm sure the next month this post would become more brighter and crazy!

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  43. Wow, what many and wonderful things you have in bloom. I especially love the Camellias because they can't grow here. (Waves!)

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