I’m completely disorganised when it comes to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and have missed all but two since I started this blog but as luck would have it, I had my phone camera with me when I was checking on the plants in the greenhouses last weekend and I took the opportunity to take a few snaps.
Being January and being a new garden that I haven’t had much time to work with yet, the pickings are slim, but there are still some entries. We start with a fully flowering Calla Lily in the greenhouse (does that count?).
The yo-yoing temperatures have blemished an otherwise pristine cream-white flower, as have the greenfly that have made their home in it. This flower took an age to open, though that’s not surprising really given the time of year. I’m really impressed with the growth the Calla Lilies put on last year, they’re now growing out of their pots. I think the secret is to keep the pot at least half-buried in water. Given the chronic drainage problems this new garden has, Calla lilies could become a major feature in it.
Next we have the delicate and delightful Erodium Pelargoniflorum:
This little gem is capable of self seeding everywhere. I planted a few seedlings into the lily pots and as they were in the patio pot collection, I’ve now got them coming up in many other pots too. Their seed pods dry and crisp, then spring and fling their seeds into the surroundings. They do form a freshly coloured evergreen mat of leaves that might be useful elsewhere as ground cover, depending on whether they can tolerate the shade from plants towering high above them.
Finally, I have a Viburnum Tinus:
Starry white-pink flowers and withered black berries at the same time. It does get heavily nibbled on and this is the prettiest I have seen it. I am in the middle of restoring the border this shrub is in so hopefully it’ll start looking and feeling better from this season on.
I don’t know how February is going to turn out in terms of flowers but if I don’t put a reminder in the diary then I just know I’m going to miss it.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what other gardeners have in bloom this month.