Although this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is not as blooming good as last February, we need this cold snap to delay bulbs and fruit trees from flower. Apple and peach blossoms haven’t broken yet, and I’d rather they wait. I don’t want ornamental fruit trees. I enjoyed dripping peaches and crisp apples last summer and fall. If they bloom this early, we are almost assured of getting several more freezes. Keep your fingers crossed. Next week, with all of its highs in the 60s looks like fun, but believe me, it’s not good for our plants.
We need the garden to wait. Bulb foliage is way up, and the pansies and violas are already singing a sweet February tune.
My hellebores entrance me. I know I say this every year, but each year they get better. In a winter world, they are scrumptious, and I’m glad I added some yellow ones to light up dark corners. Still the reds and pinks also give me pause especially when the sunlight hits them just so. Iris reticulata ‘Purple Gem’ is also blooming, but there aren’t as many as last year. I probably disturbed them last summer when I dug in their spot to plant coleus. The color in the lower left pane below is exactly what I see when I venture outside. Luscious . . . like blueberry pie. The hellebores are–from left to right–a pink in the Brandywine strain, ‘Red Lady’, and in the middle, a yellow Brandywine. I have many others, but they aren’t blooming yet. Still too chilly.
Bob Scott Nursery, 10116 W Wilshire Blvd, Yukon, has a good selection of hellebores according to his email. I’m sure he does. If you want unique plants, take the long drive into the countryside. I also found a few hellebores at TLC Nursery on Memorial. It’s messy right now because they are in the middle of a remodel. By the way, according to the rules, I’m supposed to tell you I wasn’t paid by either local nursery for these suggestions. The hellebores I bought were well rooted, and I’ve already placed them in the ground beneath the red crapemyrtle in the lower back garden. It is fast becoming a trail of hellebores in the center of this bed where not much goes on until mid-summer. The hellebores are good eye catchers in the meantime. I’m now getting hellebore babies. It is exciting, and every time I find one, I am ecstatic. Of course, I can’t keep them all, but with seed strains, you never know what combination these little boys and girls will make.
So, if you have cabin fever, go buy some hellebores. Sow some annual poppy and Delphinium ‘Summer Sky’ seeds. Get out your seed trays to begin sowing warm weather vegetables. Begin planting your peas, lettuce, spinach, beets, turnips, etc. It’s time. I will join you, and in March, we will have even more flowers and small plants to enjoy.
Happy Bloom Day my friends. Go visit Carol of May Dreams Gardens who hosts this party. There you can meet garden friends from all over the world.