Feb Bloom Day 2009

~~~february-13-2009-030-21The calender reads one and five, that means one thing to garden bloggers, it’s bloom day again. Doesn’t time just fly by? Let us go straight to what is blooming in the Fairegarden mid February 2009.
Above, never before seen on the blog because it has bloomed only one time since purchased in bloom in 1997 without ever being captured on film or pixels, without further ado, we now present Paphiopedilum Denehurst ‘Surprise’ x Caucus. february-13-2009-022-2
~~~february-13-2009-020-2Above, seen a couple of times before, here and here, Paphiopedilum ‘Quasky #3 x Quasky #4’.february-10-2009-051-2Above, rounding out the orchid portion of this month’s show is Paphiopedilum Oriental Mystique ‘Shan’ x Paph. Alma Gaevert ‘Hageys’, catchy name don’t you think? Looking back at what was in flower for February bloom day 2008, Oriental Mystique is right on schedule.february-11-2009-038-2Our first snowdrop, of the five bulbs planted last fall, appears to be a double or triple or quadruple. The sweet face is propped up by a small stone. She is a little shy about being the lone member of her group with a flower open.february-10-2009-021-2
~~~february-10-2009-018-2Above, Crocus chrysantha is having the best year ever. We credit the creeping thymes that have spread in the knot garden quadrants to hide the bulbs from the devil digging squirrels searching for walnuts that their addled brains have forgotten exactly where they buried them last fall.february-10-2009-033-2Above, white moss phlox, Phlox subulata, has been blooming nearly all year with one or two blooms. Blue and a candy stripe pink phlox are also grown here, but will open in a month or so, when the white will be a carpet under orange tulips.february-13-2009-016-2Above is the first of the grocer’s primroses to bloom each year. The blue begins the primrose parade and is followed by white, pink and yellow. Later the Primula veris will take the baton into summer.february-10-2009-035-2february-10-2009-036-2


The warmer temperatures have allowed a few of the many violas to open pristine blossoms. Not to be confused with the mid May Viola Beauty Pageant, these are just the preliminaries.february-10-2009-026-2
february-10-2009-032-2Even though several very large Erica darleyensis were removed from the heath/heather bed, there is still a scattering of them in various areas around and about.february-11-2009-026-2A freckled face hellebore shows why we are awash in these H. orientalis. Do you see how many seeds are in the center surrounded by petals? Each one of those will make a baby plant in a year. Multiply the number of seeds seen above by the hundreds, if not more of the flowers on the plants that have spread far and wide and the mind is boggled by the possibilities.february-10-2009-005-2Bringing up the rear is Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’. Her charms are so overwhelming this year that she earned her own post, click here to see it.
Many thanks to the founder of the iconic Bloom Day, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, without whose wit and wisdom we would post photos of blooms willy nilly throughout the days and months with no coordination of the effort.

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60 Responses to Feb Bloom Day 2009

  1. I love the close ups of your plants Frances. I bet the fairies in your garden are dancing with joy in their hearts with all of these blooms to cheer them.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. Bloom day is the time to show the close ups, especially when the rest of the garden is so blah. Soon we shall all be dancing with the joy of spring!

  2. joco says:

    Hiya Frances,

    You’re up early πŸ™‚
    It will take ten mins for the pictures to download on my dial-up, so I might as well start writing first. I know they will be beautiful. And plentiful, ecause of where you are.
    Ah, they are coming through: fancy having phlox out all year. and the white heather is lovely. This is a running comment πŸ™‚
    Oh, that hamamelis Diana. Wonderful.
    Lovely heather again.
    I never know what exactly are petals or sepals or tepals with Hellebores.
    Nice one.

    Hi Joco, sorry this post takes so long to load. Bloom day is when I allow more photos to sneak in, normally they are limited in number. Thanks for the running comment, I love it!

  3. annetanne says:

    You have some wonderful pictures!
    I do have several witch hazels too, but ‘Diane’ is only just opening her flower buds. (My favorite is ‘Jelena’, an orange one, and my 12 year old son just bought a ‘Rubin’, who’s red seems to be even more vibrant than ‘Diane’.)

    Hi Anne, thanks and welcome. You have wonderful witch hazels, Jelena is one I have been wanting to add here. Rubin looks fabulous too. Your son has great taste in plants, lucky you! πŸ™‚

  4. joco says:

    Good grief: there are reams more. I am going to make some coffee whilst they download.

    HA, might as well bake some pastries while you have the time! πŸ™‚

  5. Les says:

    I have just recently started following your posts after swearing I could not add anyone else to my subscription list. It has become so time consuming (pleasantly so) keeping up with everybody, and I really like your photography. The close ups are my favorites. The Hellebore above looks like a porcelain bowl filled with an exotic fruit. Happy GBBD!

    Hi Les, thanks so much for being a follower. That is a blogger term, wordpress does not allow for such things. πŸ™‚ I hear you about the time involved trying to keep up, especially now that gardening season has kind of begun here, and maybe there too. It is nearly impossible to keep up, so I appreicate your efforts. Your have some beautiful hellebores. It is so fun when the babies begin blooming. πŸ™‚

  6. blossom says:

    My my, ain’t they lovely. They do take a long time to load but they’re worth all the wait. Really, you have some beautiful flowers blooming in your garden. Why did you removed those Erica – they are attractive.

    Hi Blossom, thanks. Sorry for the load time, bloom day is when I allow more photos to be shown, since most people visit here to see pretty pictures. πŸ™‚ The heather bed was nearly all Ericas that had grown twice as large as they were supposed to. I wanted more interest for other seasons since that bed is right below the deck where we spend time in summer looking at the garden. I wanted something in summer and fall to take the stage. There are still many more scattered around the yard.

  7. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Frances, a little visit to your garden is the perfect way to start my day. Thanks.

    Hi Donna, thanks. What a sweet thing to say! Speaking of sweet, thanks for all those valentine themed plants!

  8. Tatyana says:

    Won – der – ful!!! I am speechless.

    Hi Tatyana, thanks and welcome. So glad you enjoyed the bloom day show! πŸ™‚

  9. Loving blooms, especially those orchids. They are actually kind of showing off a bit!

    Thanks for joining in so faithfully each month!

    Hi Carol, thanks thanks thanks for bloom day. It is the reason I started blogging, to join in the fun. I wouldn’t miss it, even if I had to go buy something to show, and I have! HA The orchids are having a good year. Finally I have figured out how best to grow them here, it only took ten years. πŸ™‚

  10. Gail says:

    Frances, Fantastic bloom day photos, stellar even! Like another of your commenters I am practically speechless;-) A really lovely post! Btw, I have a velvety viola that want to join your pageant! Have a great day! gail

    Hi Gail, thanks so much. Congrats on getting the kinks worked out on all fronts too. πŸ™‚ I saw your violas, you have enough for a pageant of your own! The girls here have enough catty competition with each other, they might be really rude to newcomers. A mean streak has been detected. New blood was introduced up there in the knot garden gravel, but the rabbits have nibbled them down to the ground, er gravel. Your girls are quite fetching and would have a kinder gentler pageant than the one here, I am sure. HA

  11. tina says:

    Your pictures are always wonderful and I learn so much from you. I agree your crocuses are stunning! And the other plants too:)

    Hi Tina, thanks so much. We do learn from the blogs of others, a big part of the fun! Thyme is saving the crocus, I do hope they can naturalize safely under there. Devil squirrels, I tell you! πŸ™‚

  12. kanak says:

    Frances, I thought I was the only one rendered speechless by your photos. But reading the others’ comments….well, your amazing photography has that effect on us. All your blooms, especially the orchids…very, very beautiful. Happy GBBD.

    Hi Kanak, thanks, you are so sweet. πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed the orchids too, this is their month to shine. I loved your butterflies!

  13. Janet says:

    Frances, Those photos are all so beautiful, as always. You may think I am nuts, but it looks like the orchids are smiling. They are gorgeous and seem to be ‘happy’. Happy Bloom Day.

    Hi Janet, thanks so much. Happy orchids make me smile too! πŸ™‚

  14. Rose says:

    Diane is more beautiful every time you post her! Gorgeous photos, Frances. The close-ups really show the detail of all these blooms. So much blooming in your garden already; we’re still weeks away up North.

    Hi Rose, thanks, Diane is really having the best year ever. The photos make it seem the garden is alive with color. Rest assured, it is not. Close ups give that impression. The main color is still brown. Snowdrops are the answer!

  15. Racquel says:

    Just stunning blooms today Frances. You got some wonderful closeups. I love the Hellebore with her purple freckles. Happy GBBD!

    Hi Racquel, thanks so much. Happy GBBD to you too. We are about at the same closeness to spring, I think. But the cold weather is not gone yet, we must be vigilant. Your cosmos look great!

  16. Daphne Gould says:

    I love those orchids, but my favorite as always are the crocuses. I’ve never gotten them to grow in my garden since the squirrels always dig them up. Maybe I should plant them under by creeping thyme?

    Hi Daphne, thanks for visiting. The squirrels are enemy number one here, the crocus are so small they don’t stand a chance with the manic digging that is going on right now and in the fall. It is a constant battle, now they are trying to dig my newly sown veggie seeds. Chicken wire, both metal and plastic are good weapons. The thyme was just lucky, but seems to be working. They always look for bare earth.

  17. skeeter says:

    Frances, I am impressed! You truly have a February garden! Beautiful pics and soooo much color. Lucky you!

    Hi Skeeter, thanks. The photos make it look like there is a lot going on, but it is scattered. Still mostly brown here, but I am lucky. πŸ™‚

  18. Honestly Frances, you should put a rated XXX at the top of your posts! Your photos are so sexy, you need to prepare us! Absolutely gorgeous!

    Hi Helen, HA thanks! I actually had a more intimate photo of Surprise, but thought it too stimulating to post!

  19. Kathleen says:

    I’m on dial up too Frances ~ I always skip right to the comments and amuse myself by reading those while your beautiful photos download! and you do have some beauties today. Did you take the orchids out for photography purposes? There can be no way it’s warm enough for them to be living outdoors this time of year, can there?? How exciting to have Paphiopedilum Denehurst β€˜Surprise’ x Caucus bloom for only the second time. I love it ~ I bet you are beyond thrilled. Of course, I like it when you post about your orchids, I am a “wannabe” orchid grower. All the orchids pictured look like ‘Lady Slippers’ to me (that we grew up finding in the woods near our home on the East Coast)?? Now to the outdoor bulbs/plants ~ that hellebore photo is spectacular. You knocked yourself out with that one. I MUST try adding them again. I always love crocus, because they are first to bloom here so how could you not like them? Sounds like you’re on to something by planting them with the thyme. The frilly snowdrop is quite charming too. I wish there was something blooming outside in my zone but by next month, there will be. I’ll just live vicariously thru you all in the warmer zones until then. πŸ™‚ Great GBBD post Frances. Can’t wait to see those primula veris!!

    Hi Kathleen, thanks but so sorry about the slowness. I normally keep the photos to a minimum, but bloom day is the one day to make a big show. I had been waiting for the weather to be warm enough and the sun to be bright enough to take the orchids out for just a few minutes. There is nothing like the sun backlighting anything to make for a better shot, don’t you think? The Paphs are my passion. We have those wild orchids in the mountains near here, but they are cypridiums I think. You will have outdoor flowers soon. The Primulas are special to me too. πŸ™‚

  20. wiseacre says:

    I love the photos. It’s been a very long time since I last visited and although I can’t be sure (memory blockage) it looks like you’ve redesigned the blog to post larger images. I’ve got to love ya for that since it’s the photos that really hook me.

    I’ve had a hard time remembering all the places I visited last winter. It was great to see you left a comment for Ratty – it rang my bell and I came right over.

    Hi Billy, thanks and welcome to the alternative universe of wordpress. I am so glad your bell was rung, good old Ratty. So many blogs, so little time. I am with you on the photos, wordpress allows for the larger ones, but doesn’t tell you how to do it. Trial and error and help from the forums finally enabled me to get it figured out. I loved your bird shots too. πŸ™‚

  21. hayefield says:

    They’re all simply stunning, Frances, as we’ve come to expect from a vist to Fairegarden. Thank you so much for sharing these images. But you could have posted only that first orchid and still made my day. I wish we could get a winter-hardy version of that glorious chartreuse!

    Hi Nan, thanks so much. The color on Surprise is so different from all my other orchids. They do take quite a bit of special care, I think I finally figured it out, but it could still be another ten years for a rebloom. Worth it! πŸ™‚

  22. Cinj says:

    What a wonderful variety of flowers you’ve got going on down there! I can’t wait until I get some flowers to bloom up here. My lawn patches that were showing through just a few days ago are covered with snow once again. I guess it’s kind of fun to look at animal prints in the snow, but your blooms are much better.

    Hi Cinj, thanks. I can’t wait for your flowers to bloom up there also. Better stock up on irish spring too! πŸ™‚

  23. Your closeup photos always pack a whallop. I love opening your blog knowing there is going to be something big and dramatic. The speckled Hellebore was a treat to see up close. I have some double snowdrops and they definitely are sweet. Great GBBD post!

    Hi Linda, thanks. That makes my day that you feel that way about coming to visit! πŸ™‚ Glad to hear the double snowdrops are doing well for you too. I hope mine become more that 5 someday. HA

  24. Liisa says:

    Beautiful blooms, Frances. I think I may have started drooling a little as I viewed the orchid photos. Your crocus are delightful!

    Hi Liisa, thanks so much. Drooling is allowed. I can’t wait to drool over your orchids. πŸ™‚

  25. Katarina says:

    Frances, your close-ups are simply marvellous! I’ve been looking at your photos again and again, and they are incredible.

    Why thank you Katarina, what a wonderful thing to say! You have a very wonderful spouse there and a very happy anniversary of twenty nine years. I am envious of your gifts! πŸ™‚

  26. Monica says:

    Frances, as always you have gorgeous photos of gorgeous plants. And as always, I am in awe, in particular, of your heathers! But guesswhatguesswhatguesswhat? I got unexpected money, enough to buy two shrubs, the witch hazel ‘Diane’ (I was going to go for “Arnold’s promise’ but was convinced otherwise with your lovely photos of Diane) and chokeberry (the one native to my area is Aronia arbutifolia). Yippee!!!! Now I just have to wait for spring. (After all the snow melted here, we got two more inches overnight Fri-Sat. But the trees look so nice!)

    HA Monica, thanks and many congrats on your big leap! πŸ™‚ Hooray for your purchases too. Hope Diane does right by you. And the Aronia will give you great joy too. We have A. melancarpa ‘Viking’. Great fall color.

  27. gittan says:

    Oh, I’m speachless! How wonderful pictures you’re showing today… / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks so much. I am so excited about the life showing in your greenhouse, it means spring is on the way! πŸ™‚

  28. Catherine says:

    You have lots blooming! Your orchids are gorgeous and the crocus are so pretty! Why don’t I ever remember to plant crocus?

    Hi Catherine, thanks so much. Make a note on your task list on your sidebar on the computer. I have found if I have to look at that list for hours each day, I MIGHT remember to do that thing. πŸ™‚

  29. teza says:

    Simply stunning! The orchids make my heart quiver! I love the snowdrop…. please follow up with her progress…. imagine a triple or quad…. sound like I’m chanelling my figure skating days! Spectacular! I am green with envy… we’re expecting another 10-15cm of snow by the end of next week! I suppose I could sculpt something out of snow! I adore ‘Diane’ but don’t have the room. I planted a Corylopsis spicata, and can see the swelling of buds… keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you for walking us through your pre-springtime garden!

    Hi Teza, thanks so much. HA, imagining the snowdrops with skates doing leaps in the air! What a coincidence, I recently ordered and planted a Corylopsis spicata!!! I was looking for the second witch hazel and came upon a nursery in Georgia with the Cory and ordered it without knowing anything about it except the winter bloom. It is very small and probably won’t bloom this year, but it is good to know how hardy it is growing where you are. I await seeing the bloom of yours! πŸ™‚

  30. Your solution for thwarting the rotten squirrels from digging up the Crocuses is great. Maybe I should plant some Thyme. Your Hellebore is very pretty. I can’t wait for mine to start blooming.

    Hi MMD, thanks. It was an accident that the thyme worked, but I have learned the lesson of no bare earth! I am anxious to see your garden come alive too, but it already is with the snowdrops. πŸ™‚

  31. Sue says:

    Lovely! I am on the hunt for hellebores.

    Hi Sue, thanks. Hellebores are well worth the hunt! Good luck on that. πŸ™‚

  32. Fabulous photos, Frances!
    The orchids almost look other worldly.
    Spring is almost here πŸ™‚

    Hi Karrita, thanks so much. I do love the orchids and their exotic beauty, like nothing else on earth! Spring is almost here, but they are calling for snow here later this week! How could they!!! πŸ™‚

  33. VP says:

    Hi Frances – what a lovely selection you have this month πŸ™‚

    I particularly like your idea about using the thyme to ‘hide’ your crocuses from the squirrels. Very neat indeed and yet another use for that most valuable of herbs πŸ™‚

    Hi VP, thanks so much. The months are offering a lot more with each one passing. March holds great promise. The thyme over the crocus was an accident. I didn’t realize the bulbs could penetrate that mass of foliage, they are so tiny, but it works, happily. And thyme is just the best, it is used heavily in many beds here.

  34. Darla says:

    Just beautiful Frances! Your flowers look so unique the way you have photoed them.

    Hi Darla, thanks so much. The orchids are fun to play around with, their flowers are so different and since they are in pots, I can place them so I don’t have to lay on my belly! HA

  35. greenwalks says:

    Wow, I’m impressed that you kept an orchid that never bloomed once in 11 years! That proves that gardeners have incredible patience. Love that maroon-speckled hellebore, I’ve seen it on a few posts today and think I need to get one or a few. Hooray for signs of spring! And for your witch hazel – mine is still in glorious bloom too, it has given me so much joy this winter.

    Hi Karen, thanks. If it wasn’t a paph, it would have been tossed. HA The hellebores are just now starting to really open up here, but the flowers bloom downward so snapping them requires contortions!

  36. RobinL says:

    So many lovely winter blooms! Your orchids aren’t really blooming outdoors are they? Was that just a camera trick? They remind me so much of jack-in-the-pulpit, I’m assuming they are from the same family.

    Hi Robin, thanks. No, the orchids can not be outside to live right now, but we had a warm enough day for them to be out a few minutes. I don’t think they belong to the same family as the jacks, but the flowers have a same look, I agree. I do love both, however. πŸ™‚

  37. Brenda Kula says:

    I have only one word to describe those photos: PHENOMENAL! I can’t believe how beautiful those all came out.

    Hi Brenda, thanks so much. Of course there were many shots taken to get these few.. πŸ™‚

  38. Titania says:

    Hi Frances, I just commented on all your pictures; and what happened poor me forgot to put my name and whoosh it went into cyberspace to float around in the blue telling the stars and the moon how enchanting your garden is. Well, this time short and sweet, your flowers are wonderful!.

    Hi Titania, I love the thought of your comment floating through space! Thanks for letting the heavens know about the flowers here, HA I know how frustrating it is to compose a thoughtful comment and lose it, but your is a real treat! Thanks. πŸ™‚

  39. All the flowers are awesome, but the snowdrop is my favourite of all–simple, complex, fragrant and happy. I can smell it from here. Happy Bloom Day indeed!

    Hi Jodi, thanks so much. I really enjoyed your chocolate treats too. πŸ™‚ The snowdrops are so very tiny and point downward. They need to be planted along the wall where it is easier to look inside without back breaking contortions. HA Happy bloom day to you!

  40. Deb says:

    Francis, I know I have said this before, I just love your photography.

    Hi Debbi, thanks so much. Say it as often as you like. πŸ™‚

  41. Diana says:

    Frances — Those photos and blooms are stunning. The orchids are so impressive, I am just in awe that you can grow them and get them to bloom and then take such amazing pictures of them to share with us. Thanks – and Happy Bloom Day~

    Hi Diana, thanks. The orchids are a gardening challenge. I have figured out to just go with the Paphs and a couple of catts. In the beginning I wanted every kind, but they are too diverse and the greenhouse is not big enough. HA Love your double hellebore!

  42. Dave says:

    Very nice! Those macro shots look great. This fall I have to get some crocuses. We used to have a few then we moved and they got left behind. You can tell spring is knocking on the door!

    Hi Dave, thanks. Do get crocus, your girls will love seeing them in spring. Cold predicted and snow even for later in the week!!! Boo.

  43. Sweet Bay says:

    Ah, the Crocus chrysantha is lovely. Diane is too!

    Hi Sweet Bay, thanks so much. I loved your Georgia blue veronica, it is a favorite here and at daughter Semi’s. Too early for blooming yet but in a couple of weeks…

  44. marmee says:

    these blooms are so exquisite. wonderful shots. i love the crocuses too. some of those amazing flowers look more like little monsters.so interesting.

    Hi Marmee, thanks. It is the weirdness of the Paphs that draw me to them. Like no other flowers. Some don’t even find them beautiful, and maybe that is not the right word for them either. Almost science fiction material. πŸ™‚ I am so enjoying seeing Meems garden through your eyes.

  45. Well we certainly couldn’t have posting photos of blooms willy nilly throughout the days and months with no coordination of the effort. That would be terrible. Ha ha.

    My that is some fancy Snowdrop you have and you grow orchids better than I ever did in Hawaii. Of course I tended to just toss them in some corner and forget them.

    I spied all kinds baby hellebores when I was cleaning the old foliage at client #1’s and thought, maybe I should move those some where.

    HA Christopher, you were the only one to comment on that. Thanks for reading closely. Your Hawaiian orchids were beautiful, how wonderful that they would grow with little care. The Paphs are prized for the bloom form and small size in pots, very doable in a small greenhouse. Baby hellebores are ready for moving anytime. I can think of a good place for them to be moved to, I bet you have an idea where. πŸ™‚ More snow in the forecast. Ack!!!

  46. TC says:

    I need to send you my orchid so you can make it bloom!

    Hi TC, sure, only Paphs accepted though, thank you. All others…return to sender. πŸ™‚

  47. Dreamybee says:

    Gah! I feel like such a hack whenever I come here and see your AMAZING pictures! LOL. Your orchids are so pretty. Seems like the nomenclature on that first one is pretty accurate-‘Surprise’! That close-up of your Quasky makes it look like it is laughing. The Oriental Mystique does a classy impression of a kiwi. Love them all!

    Hi Dreamybee, thanks, but your photos were lovely, and I wasn’t hit with the sprinklers! HA How lucky you are to have orchids growing in the ground outside. Way cool!

  48. Beath taking vclose ups Frances, you are a true pro. Did you get a new camera? xoxo Tyra

    Hi sweet Tyra, thanks. No that is the same old Canon, but the sun was shining just right for portrait taking. πŸ™‚ It’s all about the light.

  49. layanee says:

    Those orchids are x-rated with their lusty blooms and slick appearance. You are the Georgia O’Keefe of photography!

    Hi Layanee, HA. There were other photos that were deemed inappropriate for the G rating of this blog that were not used. Really. Love the G. O. reference, too funny and thanks!

  50. Lythrum says:

    What beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing. And here I was so excited about my solo quince blooming. πŸ™‚ Looks like I’d better get busy and plant more bulbs!

    Hi Lythrum, thanks so much. Your quince was very exciting! Ours didn’t want to open and be included this month, so I was very happy to see yours. And every fall, plant more bulbs!!! πŸ™‚

  51. Jean says:

    Your closeups are fantastic. I can’t say which of all of them I like best! I’m surprised at how many lovely things you have blooming now. Although I guess I shouldn’t be. Interesting about the crocus staying put because of your creeping thyme. Good idea about how to stop those little devil squirrels. Question about your orchids – do you fertilize them and if so, how often? And all year or just part of the year?

    Great post as usual Frances!

    Hi Jean, thanks so much. I love your large spring photos too! I do fertilize the orchids with a little weak spray bottle, whenever I think about it. Not so much in the summer because I just forget since they are around the corner outside and I seldom go over there. Their main bloom time is the winter and I fool with them more in the greenhouse since there is little going on outside. I use whatever I have, right now it is a little bottle of liquid something that was a free sample from somewhere. I used to get real orchid food, then fish emulsion, too stinky!, but it doesn’t seem to matter for the paphs, they are less picky I guess. I had less luck with the other types of orchids and now only have the paphs and three catts that bloom regularly each year. The vandas did not bloom this winter for some reason, but I will continue to ignore them and maybe they will. πŸ™‚

  52. andrΓ© says:

    Wow…! I’m (almost) speechless! Nice, nice… πŸ™‚

    Hi Andre, thanks. Your greenhouse is quite a beauty. I do love that roof material.

  53. kerri says:

    From the exotic orchids to the diminutive violas, Your February blooms are lovely to see, Frances. Oh for a Helleborus that would sew so many seeds! Oh for any Helleborus at all that would bloom! I’m waiting to see if mine will make it through the winter. It’s a tiny plany and covered with mulch at the moment.

    Hi Kerri, thanks so much. I remember my hellebore being small too, and wondering how it would ever make so many babies as magazine articles claimed. Like with so much of gardening, patience is a virtue. Your indoor plants certainly must help get you through those long winters. Beautiful amaryllis!

  54. Phillip says:

    Frances, I am agog (is the the right word? LOL) Those orchids are jaw droppingly beautiful. Ditto for the snowdrop. Simply stunning.

    Hi Phillip, thanks. I love the word agog, it sounds like caveman speech. HA This is when the orchids are at their finest, when little else is going on outside. When they bloom later on, and some do, the spring flowers in the ground are in full swing and they barely get noticed. I guess it’s all about time of bloom. Like the witch hazels and hellebores. My snowdrops look just like yours from the outside, have you ever peeked inside? Maybe yours are doubles too. πŸ™‚

  55. Frances,
    If I were a bee, I’d climb inside all of those beautiful blooms!

    Talk about close encounters! Those are great photos.


    Hi Cameron, thanks. I discarded some even more up close and personal shots of the orchids as too explicit for this G rated blog! πŸ™‚

  56. A lovely and wonder filled bloom day at your house Frances. I’ve seen some orchids I never saw before. Gotta love bloom day.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks, I do love bloom day too. It is the reason I started blogging, to join in the fun. Denehurst ‘Surprise’ is not shown much. When I did the google search, there was only one like her shown. Now there are two. πŸ™‚

  57. linda says:

    Beautiful, beautiful blooms Frances! The orchids are stunning, and the hellebore is fantastic. Everything is beautiful. You witch hazel lovers are about to push me over the edge! They are pricey, but so beautiful.

    Hi Linda, thanks so much. It is too bad the witch hazels are so darn expensive, but think of it as a capital expenditure. Like investment dressing of the 70s! HA Happy blogaversary too. πŸ™‚

  58. joey says:

    Lot of BIG STUFF goin’ on, Frances … enjoy!

    HA Joey, thanks. Aren’t those orchids so big? LOL We have shrunk ourselves to be able to peer inside the slipper!

  59. Genevieve says:

    I think I like your sweet snowdrop best of all, Frances! They are such a gentle flower. What lovely photos, as always.

    Hi Genevieve, thanks so much. The snowdrop is a favorite of mine too. If you saw them in the garden you wouldn’t even notice them. They are so small and only number 5. I had no idea it was a double until the bloom was lifted up, it looks like a single from above, the way I usually see it.

  60. Dreamybee says:

    I just saw your response and wanted to clarify. My orchid is not growing in the ground-it is tropical here, and I do have a fairly green thumb, but things aren’t quite that paradise-y in my yard! It is in a pot and I was busy moving it around the yard trying to find a good backdrop for it and preparing to lie down on the sidewalk in my robe when the sprinklers came on! LOL.

    Hi Dreamybee, thanks for clarifying that. I always imagine places where orchids can live outside all year around, having seen them in southern Florida. I can certainly understand the dance of trying to find a good backdrop to photograph them in bathrobe on the ground too. Luckily we have no sprinkler system here. Although we did in Texas and I got sprayed on occasion. HA

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