Bloom Day Feb. 15, 2010

February 15th, 2010 Posted in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

The rare “big chill of 2010″ humbled many gardeners here in Texas. In recent winters, we’ve barely had a chance to wear the sweaters stashed under the bed. This year, some of our plants even got to wear sweaters via rowcover and every sheet in the house. So, things are a little skimpy in my east Austin garden for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Orange viola

Still, despite a two-year drought, last summer’s extreme heat, and this winter’s dip into the teens, there is promise for bloom days to come. Weather didn’t alter my Mexican plum’s yearly appointment.

Naturalizing bulbs are coming up everywhere.

Narcissus

Some are just sturdy foliage, waiting for their cue call in a few weeks. Others show signs of impending birth, with fat lumps about to explode.

Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ blooms so long that even though it’s the earliest, it will hang on for its lag about friends to show up.

Narcissus Erlicheer

One Narcissus ‘Gigantic Star’ jumped in early this year, even though it looked pretty droopy after the last cold blast.

The primrose jasmine didn’t forget to bring flowers for Valentine’s Day.

Primrose jasmine flower

Neither did the ‘Spring Bouquet’ viburnum.

'Spring Bouquet' viburnum (Viburnum tinus)

All will be well, except for a lot of mushy agaves!  To see what else is blooming around the world, check in with Carol of May Dreams who started this whole bloomin’ thing!

Happy Bloom Day to you all, Linda

  1. 10 Responses to “Bloom Day Feb. 15, 2010”

  2. By Caroline on Feb 15, 2010

    Beautiful blooms, Linda. Love that burnt orange pansy, very appropriate for Austin. Happy GBBD!

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  3. By Jenny on Feb 15, 2010

    Spring is alive in your garden with all those pretty blooms. I do love the fragrant narcissi. It will be weeks before I get any flowers on mine. They are barely poking through the ground. Happy bloom day.

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  4. By Robin at Getting Grounded on Feb 15, 2010

    Wow, Linda, your garden certainly has taken a jump start into spring faster than mine. My Viburnum doesn’t even have buds yet, and my belatedly planted narcissus is just poking little stems out of the dirt. It’s nice to see your photos that show some sunshine, too! Something we haven’t seen much of lately, right? Here’s to a lovely normally wet and warm (not hot) spring!

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  5. By Dee/reddirtramblings on Feb 15, 2010

    I wonder what y’all do with those mushy agaves. Mine flat died, but that’s okay. Lesson learned. In OK, we also had many mild winters and forgot what real winter was like until this year. I love seeing your bulbs. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

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  6. By Nell Jean on Feb 15, 2010

    Amazing what you can find for Bloom Day, even when you think there’s nothing. Looking good following such terrible weather.

    Happy Bloom Day.

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  7. By Jean on Feb 15, 2010

    Ah, how I miss Mexican plum trees! We used to have a lot of them in our side yard when we lived in Austin. The fragrance is incredible. Your lead shot of the pansy is gorgeous – what kind is it? Spring is on the way!

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  8. By Iris/Society Garlic, Austin on Feb 15, 2010

    You’re doing lots better than I am, Linda. Your blooms are beautiful! The top photo is particularly stunning. All I have is rosemary and pansies, so I’m skipping today’s GBBD. (My paperwhites bloomed in November instead of late January.)

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  9. By Diana on Feb 15, 2010

    Love all those Narcissus, Linda. They are just about my favorites in the garden. Happy GBBD!

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  10. By Amy/GoAway, I'm Gardening! on Feb 15, 2010

    What a pretty post, Linda. The viburnum is getting ready to bloom, bloom, bloom…love it!

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  11. By Annie in Austin on Feb 16, 2010

    Nice narcissus, Linda – and the Viburnum is beautiful. It has a pleasant scent, too – right?

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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