Bloom Day/Foliage Day Combo-February 2010


Bloom Day. It is the reason we decided to enter the blogdom. When Carol of May Dreams invented Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in February, 2007 three years ago, Happy Anniversary Bloom Day!, we had been reading garden blogs with avid ardor, searching them out from blogrolls on sidebars. The big listing of Blotanical was not yet up and running. With each passing month, we would go out in our garden, camera in hand and take photos, pretending we were joining in the blog fun, playing make believe bloom day. One thing led to another and in December of that year, why oh why December? Why not April, May, June, July, when there were blooms galore?… We jumped into the blogging world for the sole purpose of showing what we had blooming on the fifteenth of each month. In the exitement of being a blogger, the fact of scant blooms never entered our impulsive thoughts. January was hardly any better, and by February, it was scraping the bottom of the barrel. Thank goodness for the greenhouse/sunroom where the orchids, most of them winter bloomers, well of course!, offered photo opportunities. 2010 has knocked us to our knees, this winter seems harsher than previous ones, with so little sunshine to brighten a mood. As the middle of the month grew closer we traipsed the garden paths, bundled like the Michelin Man’s wife in many layers of dress, with boots, hats and gloves on the extremities, checking the usual suspects that might be in bloom. There were a couple of things, so tiny and insignificant in our SAD state. The idea was hatched to check the two previous February bloom day posts for inspiration.

Feb Bloom Day 2009 was all mostly about orchids.

Blooms Of February-GBBD, the 2008 offering was much the same.

Even though we have shown the orchids before, there is nothing left to do but keep the tradition going. Above is Paphiopedilum ‘Quasky #3 x Quasky #4′, again. Sniff.


From the left: P. ‘Oriental Mystique’, P. holdenii, P. ‘Onyx Cherry’ in bud, and P. ‘Quasky’. The full names can be found on our Orchids Page on the sidebar. These really should be giving way more pleasure to a flower loving gardener than they are, especially the first time ever three blooms at one go on holdenii. Sigh.


Also in the greenhouse, and also in every February bloom day post are the grocer’s primroses. We simply cannot resist their charms and plant them outdoors when the weather warms a little, usually in March. These plants are very cold tolerant, it has been found.


We have decided to combine Pam of Digging’s Foliage Day with the Bloom Day for a little padding of excitement. Think of it as the filler in a bouquet of flowers. Seldom mentioned and rarely shown are the other types of plants that get to take up space in the winter greenhouse frost free atmosphere. These Tillandsia Bromeliads have been living on a wooden trellis, tied with fishing line, that was brought inside the greenhouse each year. It was decided to cut the line and place them into this metal pan for the sake of space this year and has worked well. There is one larger specimen that just sits by itself on the cedar shelf. The names of these are not known, but we call the little one Pineapple Princess, note the deftly drawn blue circle around it in the image above.


Another type of Bromeliad, the Earth Star, Cryptanthus, live in this terra cotta seed tray and accompany the orchids outside in the summer, inside in the winter. They take up little room and are so easy that they are ignored completely except for the in and out trips. (What the…? Is it just me, or does this shot make one dizzy?) Anyway. There used to be more Bromeliads, tied to an old snag that was planted in a large pot filled with gravel. It was huge and heavy, very difficult to move in and out of the greenhouse and it rotted anyway. The large broms were composted and these two smaller types allowed to remain. It was cool looking, that tree limb, though. You know, our mood seems to be brightening.


Before we leave the relatively warm but actually cool, 50 F at night, 60 F or higher depending on the sunshine, moist environment of the greenhouse, the leaves of seed grown Salvia transsylvanica beg to be included for the foliage portion. There are thirty one make that twenty-seven, I forgot that one four-pack is S. sclaraea, healthy plants in this flat, one cell is empty, waiting to be planted en masse, very close together somewhere in the garden. There are a couple of ideas here about where they should go, including the Fairelurie area by the driveway Muhlenbergia capillaris planting. We will wait to see what pops up there before planting out occurs.


Out the back door of the mud room we go. Fully outfitted in heavy overcoat, scarf, hat, gloves and boots, it was our pleasure to lend you these extras, for we know that garden perusing is much more enjoyable without chattering teeth and shivering shins. Let us go to the spot under the garage deck that is home to the last remaining grocer’s primrose. I see that each year it is the first one open, shown in the February posts. This used to be the spot for all the primroses of this type, for it is well protected by the deck above from wind and cold. Because this is a slight bit warmer, and wetter due to being at the foot of the retaining wall, the slug population is centrally located here. Their favorite entree is primrose, it is their filet mignon. To repel these slimy beasts we have tried dryer lint, egg shells, diatomaceous earth, cat hair, copper collars, beer and poisons harsh and less harsh. Only the poisons work and even then only for a very short time. The solution has been to move the plants out to drier parts of the garden. Happily the primroses have been fine out there, and this blue one will join his brothers away from the slime pit soon.


For the foliage portion of the program we offer one of the primroses that were moved last year with the others to the pathway along the lower edge of the daylily hill. Yes dear readers, it is the Primrose Path. This plant is fully budded and shows no damage from hungry slugs and just a little from ferocious frost, ready to bloom soon and on into spring. It is probably white, but we won’t be sure until it reveals itself to us. Smile.


Other regular participants in bloom days past are the Violas. Fall planted and tattered by spring, the strong root systems developed over the winter months allow for fabulous displays of flowers when the weather warms, much more so than spring planted ones. This year we added a black and white mix of colors with hopes of an elegant display beginning next month. One or two blooms can usually be found on these during the winter, but this year it was more difficult to find an undamaged gem.


Almost seducing us into believing it a flower is this head of lettuce.


Truth in advertising shows the little guys in the raised planted box that was originally intended for food but has now been given over to dahlias. Upland cress sown at the same time late last summer is a pretty evergreen accessory.


Over at the slightly protected east facing area next to the garage, between the pink flowering dogwood and the large Sambucus ‘Aurea’ the Autumn Ferns, Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’, Hellebores (old foliage intact) and white blooming Gumpo Azaleas form an evergreen carpet of textural interest. Mixed daffodil bulbs are peeking up and there are hostas still asleep to round out this shady planting, one of very few spots of that type here. But more and more shady places are coming into being as the young trees we have planted grow larger. Grin.


Not all Heucheras do well here. Our hot humid summers are anathema to many. Those with H. villosa in their bloodsteam can take it though, and H. villosa ‘Citronelle’ has proven that it belongs in the Fairegarden.


Located along the edge of the rock wall planter that was built when the main house and the garage were joined with the rock faced facade of the addition, the chartruese Citronelles, along with one H. villosa ‘Caramel’ that does not show up as well and will be moved later, contrast with the blue evergreen foliage of Blue Star Junipers and Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Boulevard’. Last year’s planting of the gold leaf Yuccas, Y. filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’ in the blue pot collection has also been a success. We wanted year around color with zero maintenance. That may seem a tall order, the yuccas have proven up to the task.


We end the show with the Faire Diane, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’. She is the stalwart of the winter garden, planted in front of, and way too close to, the hedge of Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mops’. Constant pruning keeps the thread leaves away from her limbs so that her beauty can shine unobstructed. It is hoped that as she grows larger, and she is ever so slow at growing, that she will send new shoots away from the larger than it was supposed to be evergreen.


She deserves to be the belle of the February Bloom Day Ball. Laughing out loud.

Frances

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48 Responses to Bloom Day/Foliage Day Combo-February 2010

  1. Edith Hope says:

    Dear Frances, What an amazing amount to show for February. I really do congratulate you. If I were to have a camera, I could not possibly hope to compete with so much flower colour, interesting foliage effects and variety of textures. I also loved the blue pots, so very Mediterranean.

    Hi Edith, thanks. Thank goodness for the indoor plants with their blooms or our bloom day would be nearly bloomless. Foliage, however, we gots! And really, it is not a competition, just sharing. Glad you like the blue pots, they make me smile as we turn into the driveway. :-)
    Frances

  2. gardeningasylum says:

    So much is happening in the faire garden. Your yuccas are yummy and Diane’s divine!

    Hi Cyndy, thanks. Photos can be misleading, a long shot of the garden would be quite blah, or it is to me anyway, compared to what is to come. The yuccas have been a high spot, and Diane is worth her weight in gold! :-)
    Frances

  3. Liisa says:

    Good Morning, Frances. Lucky you, to be enjoying 3 flowers from your lovely P. holdenii. I so enjoy the texture and color offered by your Bromeliads and Autumn fern. I am envious of your outdoor color, as things here are still sleeping under their wintry blanket. Your collection of blue pots planted with Yuccas are just beautiful, and, well, you know how I feel about the lovely Diane… Happy Bloom Day!!

    Thanks so much Liisa. I do enjoy every single detail of every single plant here, inside and out. Sometimes I need to kick myself into enjoy mode though! HA :-)
    Frances

  4. Lynne says:

    Wow. that second photo of the translucent buds backlit against the window is pure magic. So beautiful.

    Thank you for that, Lynne. I was disappointed in that photo, we wanted the sun to shine to make it more backlit, and it was not to be. Your words show me that it is still a wonder in the dead of winter to see pretty flowers blooming. I needed that! :-)
    Frances

  5. Karly says:

    Hi Frances – your Hamamelis is exquisite! This is a wonderful example of how to make a garden interesting all year-round. I’m going to hunt one down before Autumn sets in down here in Australia :-)

    Hi Karly, thanks and welcome. I hope you can find a witch hazel for your lovely garden, it really delights with the time of year it blooms. :-)
    Frances

  6. Les says:

    Perhaps so many of us started blogging in the dead of winter since not much could be done in our own gardens. However, this is the time of the year my psyche needs to garden the most, and those needs have not been met this year. What a lousy winter! You are fortunate that you have a greenhouse and those lovely orchids and primrose, all presided over by Diana, goddess of the hunt.

    Hi Les, thanks. I am sure you are right, down time meant blogging time! I am totally with you on needing the garden now more than ever too. Normally I would bundle up and go out anyway, but frozen snow covered earth just cannot be fooled with. The greenhouse is good, but inadequate to my need to garden. It will have to do for a while longer, it looks like. We must hang in there until this weather breaks! :-)
    Frances

  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your garden is quite lively for February Frances. I love those Earth Stars. I have only one. It is living in a terrarium that is about to out grow. I am afraid to pull it out of there. I am afraid it will die. WHINE… Happy GBBD.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. If the brom is about to outgrow its space, you might need to give it a larger space! They are very tough, I completely ignore mine, hardly remembering to water it, which is probably a good thing. The greenhouse is moist and cool, with the fan blowing 24/7, most plants like those conditions. Hang in there, Lisa. Spring will come, eventually! :-)
    Frances

  8. Gail says:

    Hello on another frigid morning! Oh to have a greenhouse on a day like this~Oh to have a green house on a day like this. Love your orchid and primula lovelies~ The salvia seedlings are perfect foliage plants…Planted out they are going to be gorgeous. They do give hope that there will be a spring. Have a great day out there in the blogasphere. gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. The greenhouse is a necessity for me, plain and simple. It is not even really a greenhouse, just a room with lots of light. The grow lights make all the difference. You need one. :-)
    Frances

  9. You have way more than my meager offering for today! I had to resort to the indoors. I’m looking forward to seeing the salvias once you have them planted. If only spring would hurry up a bit. We have snow outside right now, winter is getting old!

    Hi Dave, thanks. If it weren’t for the indoors, we would feel very sad during the winter months, especially this winter! You need grow lights! :-)
    Frances

  10. Ooh, ahh, my, and WOW! You have a lot of color this time of year. Also love the little spiky pup. Happy bloom and foliage days!

    Thanks Monica. I had to think what you were referring to as the spiky pup, Pineapple Princess? She is my favorite brom. :-)
    Frances

  11. Rose says:

    Diane certainly deserves to be the belle of the ball on this Bloom Day! Even though it’s been a hard winter, you still have much going on, Frances. My “primrose path” (thanks for the idea) is intertwined with the Heuchera Highway, but both are covered under a new blanket of snow this morning. Only 28 days till the next Bloom Day, when I’m sure you’ll have lots to share with us from Fairegarden!

    Thanks Rose, heuchera highway! I love it! I am sorry about your snow, but it offers protection for your plants and keeps your eyes from having to look at so much brouwn and grey. How funny you are counting the days until the next bloom day, you are even a more advanced planner than I am. We should have daffodils and crocus and maybe tulips among others for March. I hope! :-)
    Frances

  12. Teresa O says:

    Amazing! The only blooms blooming around here are the red tulips that I carry around with me from dining table to desk so I can fully enjoy the flowers. I’m not a rabid orchid fan, but the ‘Oriental Mystique” with the green and white striping is fabulous, but being a simple soul it’s the violas and primrose that tug at my heart strings.

    Hi Teresa, thanks. I think having tulips go wherever you go is an excellent idea. Way to get your money’s worth! The violas and primrose are much beloved here, for being early and just plain sweet. :-)
    Frances

  13. Gail says:

    Ps anything we say three times is true…If I add another “Oh to have a greenhouse”…Do you think it will come true?! I really ought to have had my coffee before commenting. I think your well lit garden room is a treasure. xoxo gail

    Well, yes, of course it will come true. All it takes is for you to want it enough and be willing to do what it takes to get it. You would move into and live in such a room. The sun is shining at the moment and the world looks to be a happier, if cold place. Hope it is shining for you as well.
    xo,
    Frances

  14. Nell Jean says:

    The orchids are a great tradition. Isn’t it amazing what you find when you go outside and look, even in winter? I forgot all about Flowering quince and Iberis when I was photographing my blooms. Happy Bloom Day.

    Thanks Nell Jean. The orchids are steadfast bloomers, I really shouldn’t take them for granted. I forgot about some crocus buds in a hidden spot as well, although they were covered with snow and not likely to bloom with the warm sun on them. Our quince buds are swollen but not quite open, close though. Happy bloom day to you! :-)
    Frances

  15. Teresa says:

    She does deserve to be the belle. You have so much to show. I literally couldn’t find anything but sticks and snow. Your orchids are just gorgeous! And your primrose and your viola and all of the rest too. I live vicariously through each of the blogs I visit. Thank goodness you all have something beautiful to gaze upon.

    Hi Teresa, thanks. Diane is a hardy soul, blooming under these cold and snowy conditions. She shines brighter in the sun, but hunkers down in the cold, bless her heart! I am glad you get enjoyment from our offerings. :-)
    Frances

  16. GloriaBonde says:

    I smiled at the orchids beside the window. They looked like 3 children wishing to go outside, except that it is raining. Beautiful rock wall!

    Thanks Gloria. What a sweet analogy! The orchids are like my children, but they would perish in a heartbeat outside. Mother knows best!!! :-)
    Frances

  17. Not a chance in the buried world that I will find a bloom today. Oh woe is me. Just seeing the bare ground in your fern, hellebore and azalea shot is food for my soul.

    Hang on, Christopher! Your ground is under there somewhere, with millions of bulbs peeking out and being protected by that nice snow blanket. It is much better for them than no cover at all. Now sunshine and warmth would be better, but snow is at least performing a valuable function. :-)
    Frances

  18. Town Mouse says:

    Well, I had no idea! Bloom day made you do it! That’s pretty amazing, and I’m glad for it.

    Thanks for sharing, love the Hamamelis.

    Hi Town Mouse, thanks. It’s true, every word of it. Bloom Day was what finally brought me to the keyboard to type rather than just scroll with the mouse. :-)
    Frances

  19. Frances you sure have a great amount of blooming interest here! I love your orchids and wow!! to the triple bloomer holdenii!! They all look so lovely pictured there in a casual pose. Your primrose about to bloom … just showing promise is beautiful … I love that stage of plants! Good luck with the slugs! We must be ruthless with those slimy creepers! I would agree your Diane could be the belle of any ball! Wonderful post as always! Carol

    Thanks Carol. The orchids are at their peak, if Onyx Cherry would just open up, he is always the last one. Seeing the blue primrose was a surprise, although if I had looked at previous years’ Feb bloom days, it is a regular, as is Diane. Those slugs, I do hope the coffee grounds will work, it is time to plant sweet peas and sugar snaps outside and the slugs will eat the emerging seedlings to the ground, making me thing the seeds have not germinated. I can keep the rabbits away, but the slugs are much harder to fend off.
    Frances

  20. Can one ever see too many orchids? I think not & am drooling over yours. I love primrose & cannot wait for them to bloom here. I have a ‘primrose path’ that keeps growing each year with all the grocers’ primrose I bring home while waiting for the weather to warm up & those already planted to bloom.

    Hi Linda, thanks. No, there cannot be too many Paphs, at any rate. Lucky they are not offered much, always the Phals by the truckloads, for the sake of our finances. My Primrose path grows in exactly the same way! :-)
    Frances

  21. Wow, Frances — lots happening indoors and out at your place. I actually have been buying a pot of primulas at the grocers every few weeks since Christmas. I, too, have had good luck planting them out, but even if they don’t make it outdoors they are keeping me going indoors. Happy GBBD!

    Hi Linda, thanks. The primroses are irresistable, aren’t they? Inexpensive and lots of bloom for the buck. They nearly always survive, as long as the slugs don’t demolish them. They do like to be divided after a few years, free plants! A very happy bloom day to you too! :-)
    Frances

  22. goodtogrow says:

    I’ve never seen anything like Diane – thanks so much for sharing. Spectacular!

    Thanks Liza. Diane is having a good year, even with way below normal temps. When the sun is out, she really shines. :-)
    Frances

  23. Nan Ondra says:

    Blessings to you, Frances, for sharing your beautiful flowers and foliage, indoors and out. The tour around your garden is a great mood-lifter for those of us still buried in snow (with yet more to come). Happy Bloom Day to you!

    Hi Nan, thanks, you are too sweet. I remember being buried in snow in PA, it would last for months and months, never melting, just more added every now and then. To tell the truth, I don’t miss it. Happy bloom day to you too. :-)
    Frances

  24. I’d never sniff to have paph’s as wonderful as the ones blooming for you. That’s one orchid genus that never seemed to like me much. Fortunately my tillandsias like me better, and it’s clear yours are happy plants. Happy bloom/foliage days to you.

    Hi James, thanks. It took several years to figure out how to get the Paphs to rebloom. I think we’ve got it now, using the long strand sphagnum moss as potting material. Goes against the books, but works for us! The tillandsias are so easy and so sweet, we just love them. Happy bloom day to you too. :-)
    Frances

  25. noel says:

    aloha,

    what a celebration for bloom day, i love the orchids ,what a nice collection you have blooming today. I enjoyed reading your beautiful post today:)

    Aloha, Noel, thanks and welcome. The orchids really help get us through the winter months here in Tennessee. I loved your study in sepia tones. :-)
    Frances

  26. Oh Frances,

    There is so much to love in your garden….the orchids are spectacular and deserve a place in February(s) GBBD. The bromeliads are so interesting with their varied textures and colors. But, I have to say the white viola is my favorite :^)

    Hi Noelle, thanks so much. I know what you mean about the little viola, those sweet faces are hard to resist. Every year we plant several flats, and every spring we wish we had planted more! :-)
    Frances

  27. TC Conner says:

    Love the eye candy here Ms. Frances! February has been exactly what our President described it as: a “snowmaggedon!” And I’m goin crazy waitin for spring to get here. Perhaps the purchase of an iPhone in ten days will placate my misery. And visiting your lovely fairy garden.

    Thanks TC. You mean I didn’t talk you out of that iphone? Oh well, I hope it gives you as much happiness as that greenhouse would. We are feeling crazy here too, with way more snow and cold than usual for us. We just are not acclimated to this! :-)
    Frances

  28. Jake says:

    I can’t believe how well your garden looks this deep into winter. If you don’t mind I am going to start taking some notes for use in my garden that I will start making this year.

    Jake

    Thanks Jake. Go right ahead and make notes all you want. That is how I got the garden to look like this, studying books and magazines to see what could work here. Good luck with your new garden! :-)
    Frances

  29. kanak7 says:

    I simply love your posts! And what a treat to see your orchids, foliage, the viola and the primroses. The lettuce heads look like fallen blooms. But the last two photos of Diane almost knocked me out! Most beautiful!

    P.S. It’s interesting to read about how/when you joined blogdom:)

    Thanks Kanak, you are so sweet. That is the true story of how I was motivated to start the blog, I wanted to join in the fun. Diane is looking good, despite sub freezing temps day after day after day….. One of these days, spring will come. :-)
    Frances

  30. patientgardener says:

    Love the Witchhazel – would love one, these are now on my wish list for next winter

    Hi Helen, thanks. The witch hazels really help make winter more enjoyable. Hope someone grants your wishes! :-)
    Frances

  31. Grace says:

    Hi Frances~~ Takes a bit more hunting this time of year, but the blooms are there. Your Salvias are looking extremely healthy. You must be really excited. :)

    Hi Grace, it is much harder this year to find anything outside. The orchids and seedlings make me smile every time we enter the greenhouse, thank goodness! There is lots of promise in those babies. :-)
    Frances

  32. Frances,it’s looking good there. Your orchids and ‘Diane’ are stars of the bloom day show.~~Dee

    Thanks Dee. It’s been a long winter, for you as well, I know. Spring cannot come soon enough. Diane is having a grand time in spite of the weather though, and the orchids are behaving nicely. :-)
    Frances

  33. Jean says:

    What a lovely tour. Say, if you’re worried about your orchids not giving you enough pleasure, they’ll surely give it to me. :-) Actually, never mind. I’d just kill them (accidently). Do you keep your yuccas outside or move them in and out depending on freezes? I’d love to be able to keep some of those outside like that. Love the blue/yellow combo.

    Thanks Jean, glad you enjoyed it. We do leave those yuccas outside all year. Last year was their first year here, and we didn’t know if they could withstand that much cold or not. Apparently they can, the first planting in those blue pots that has survived. Maybe I shouldn’t say anything just yet, there might be a sharp killing cold snap come late in the season, as happened in 2007. So far, so good. As for the orchids, I think I’ll hang onto them for now, thanks for the offer though. :-)
    Frances

  34. I went to a seminar on Fri where the expert in all things horticultural pleaded with us to never, never, never buy supermarket primroses, as they would never come back in the garden. Rot! i say…seeing that yours are thriving and mine, an accumulation over several years, have been blooming since December.

    HA, Rot is right, Ricki! I remember hearing that these primroses would not return a long time ago, but bought them anyway, planted them in the ground anyway and was pleasantly surprised when they did so well, like yours, year after year. Good to know that you don’t listen to the experts either! :-)
    Frances

  35. Sweet Bay says:

    Frances I love your orchids and primroses. Especially the orchids which most resemble Lady’s Slippers, and especially the pink and purple primroses. I’ve never seen a primrose that was such a delicate shade of pink, nor one was that was such a royal shade of purple.

    Hi Sweet Bay, thanks so much. The lady slipper orchids are by far my favorite as well. Oh to be able to grow the natives ones here, but these paphs do have the nice feature of blooming mid winter, when they are most appreciated. I chose those primroses for the unique colors, I had never seen ones like that before either.
    Frances

  36. Frances – a wonderful display of what can be found outdoors in your garden! I hope your fingers don’t have frostbite.

    My hats off to all of the bloggers who keep up the pace on the special blog days such as Bloom Day.

    When I retired from my “real job” I promised myself that I’d never be on a regular schedule again! Nothing on my calendar to remember except my necessary health and hair appointments! :-)

    Cameron

    Thanks Cameron. Bloom Day is the only meme that I make a point to never miss. So far we have not missed one since we began blogging. It is important to me, as I explained in the post. Having no schedule is wonderful, I agree, but this is something I enjoy participating in very much. :-)
    Frances

  37. Beckie says:

    Dear Frances, I am so glad you took the leap into blog land! Your post are delightful and always bring smiles. I think your offering of orchids and primrose is more than enough for a bloom day post, and add to that all your other lovelies-you have a plethera of plants blooming. :)

    Won’t it be nice to walk outside wihout first having to put 4 layers of clothing on??

    Thanks Beckie, you are so sweet! The orchids and primroses are enough and I should be more grateful to have them. Shame on me. My only excuse is the weather, being stuck inside with wave after wave of snow and ice, not our usual winter here at all. Whine! Sorry, I mustn’t whine, we are very lucky with the climate here, it is me who must adjust this attitude and look forward to spring. And less layers! :-)
    Frances

  38. Pam/Digging says:

    “We wanted year around color with zero maintenance. That may seem a tall order, the yuccas have proven up to the task.”

    Choosing a yucca to fill that niche, rather than a blooming plant, was a smart choice, Frances. You show that foliage can be as colorful as any flower and much more reliable. Thanks for joining in for Foliage Follow-Up! My post will be up around midnight.

    Thanks so much Pam. It is your garden that inspired the use of the formerly ignored yucca family, you know! It has proven to be the perfect choice for the large colorful leaf and very different shape from the other plantings here. More will be added. Your foliage day is the perfect mate for bloom day, thanks for thinking of it. :-)
    Frances

  39. Catherine says:

    You’ve got quite a nice variety of flowers and foliage today! I’m looking forward to seeing what your Salvia looks like, the leaves are very pretty. I always have to add more Primroses each year, those slugs seem to find them no matter where they are here.
    Oh, and I love the Earth star, it almost looks like something you’d see undersea.

    Hi Catherine, thanks. Joining the two *Days* worked out well for the sparsely flowering February. I should have done it last month as well, note to self….. There is a good photo of that salvia in bloom somewhere on a previous post, I will look for it and put the link here. (I spent way too much time looking for it and could not find it, sorry!) The primroses are the favorite snack of the slugs, but I have found these pretty plants can live in a drier spot to save them from those slimeballs. The Earth Stars are so easy, small and cute. Your girls would love them. :-)
    Frances

  40. Diana says:

    Frances — Love those orchids – I am just in awe of their beauty and your talent in growing them and nurturing them to keep blooming. And I smile to see that Diane is leading the bloom parade this year! Happy GBBD!

    Thanks Diana. It took me several years to figure out how to rebloom the paphs, some took ten years. I am nothing if not tenacious! The lesson is don’t give up! Diane is the star of the winter garden, with no competition. :-)
    Frances

  41. Frances, what a delightful combo this is. The shot of the post is the primroses, they are looking awesome. Did not know about foliage day just visited Pam at digging and got to know about it.

    Hi Muhammad, thanks so much for visiting and those kind words. The primroses never fail to bring a smile. :-) Do join in for foliage day, it is a fairly new meme, only a couple of months now, thanks to sweet Pam. If not flowers, all gardeners have foliage. :-)
    Frances

  42. Darla says:

    Ms. Frances, I could just stroll through your gardens all day!!

    Thanks so much Darla, stroll all you want! I do. :-)
    Frances

  43. VW says:

    I don’t mind a yearly date with your orchids in February. They are so beautiful. Someday I’m going to get into orchids . . . I need another east window first, though.
    And those lettuce heads do look remarkably like roses, how fun.

    Hi VW, thanks for that. The orchids have a purpose and fill a need, winter blooming. East facing windows are perfect for the Paphs. I looked up the lettuces shown, they are Radicchio ‘Carmen’. No wonder they look like that. :-)
    Frances

  44. Hi Frances

    Your Orchids always look beautiful.

    Do you grow heuchera ‘Caramel’? Another heat tolerant one.

    Hi Rob, thanks. Yes, Caramel is actually in that photo with Citronelle. It just doesn’t show up very well with its darker winter color. I need to move it to the back where it will be noticed. :-)
    Frances

  45. Keep posting those Orchid photos – if you’ve got it, flaunt it! Your Hammamelis is just outstanding.

    Thanks MMD. The orchids are basically all we’ve got. And Diane. She is having a great year, and thanks you for those kind words. :-)
    Frances

  46. Frances, as always the orchids are delightful, but it was the appearance of Faire Diane that had me the happiest. I’ll get our Nova Scotian Diane to have a word with her–my Diane put on impressive growth this last year. Maybe it’s the hellebores at her feet, cheering her on. :-)

    Thanks Jodi. I am glad you enjoyed seeing previews of coming attractions in your own garden here. Our Diane also had the most new growth, and subsequent flower buds ever in one season. We believe it to be the rain, for the witch hazels like the water. And hooray for hellebores! :-)
    Frances

  47. Patsi says:

    I should show my indoor blooms…na… it would be pitiful. Yuccas always interest me but not sure where I would find room…planters are a good idea.

    Hi Patsi, thanks for visiting. It does take a little creativity to do bloom days in these dreary months, but a nice macro of any bloom is welcome. Your photography skills could produce such a shot. The yuccas in containers have proven hardy and lovely all year, highly recommended. :-)
    Frances

  48. kerri says:

    Those pretty nodding orchid blooms deserve to be celebrated…never mind that they’re repeated annually. I wish our grocer carried such beauties as those primroses. The colors are divine! I really love the Salvia transsylvanica leaves. You make me want to plant some.
    And ooh la la, Diane! She’s the star of the show alright! What a beauty! I wish I had her in my garden :)
    Happy Bloom Day, Frances, and here’s to foliage!

    Hi Kerri, thanks and so nice to see you. We are lucky with the grocer here, they don’t have much, but eagle eyes can spot some treasures. Diane has been blooming since January, through hail, sleet, snow and sub freezing temps for days on end. What a trooper she is. :-)
    Frances

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