Midwinter Blooms

24 Jan

Today is one of those rare sunny, midwinter days here in Seattle, a brief break in our usual winter gloom. So, I took advantage and snapped some quick pics of things blooming in the garden, and a few other winter treats!

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Several of the hardier primroses are starting to flower again, and with enough abandon to even out grow the slug damage. Where did I out that slug bait, anyway? Lol

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Clematis cirrhosa has been blooming off and on all winter. This year we made garlands of cranberries for wreaths, I draped the extra over the clematis, and rather like the effect.

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Licorice fern is one of my all time favorite natives, and probably my very favorite fern. I love how it come up in fall, looks great all winter, then goes dormant for the summer’s heat. These will be producing spores soon.

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The early bulbs are starting to wake up too, I think these are wood hyacinths. The grape hyacinths are already budding out. Unfortunately, it looks like my crocus pot died out. Camas and daffodils are also starting to poke their heads above ground, just barely.

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Winter honeysuckle blooms mostly late in winter, it’s just getting into its full stride. The perfume of this one, as the specific name Lonicera fragrantissima suggests, is strong, and a lovely reason to get out into the garden this time of year.

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I’m not sure which species of Sarcacocca this is, but it also has a nice sweet fragrance. Maybe that’s why it is sometimes called “sweet boxwood”. This one was in a pot for a number of years, languishing in way too much shade. I wasn’t really expecting it to flower yet this year, it’s been abused so badly, but this is a tough plant. No sign yet if the hummers are using this, but I wouldn’t be awfully surprised. They do use the honeysuckle some…

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These Mahona x media cultivars, and the Grevillea are the main humflowers this time of year. I think this one is ‘King’s ransom’, and it’s gotten really big. This is the biggest and nicest if my Mahonias, but they all attract the hummers to some extent.

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This one got buried under the blackberries, but did all right. It’s got a really cool shape from being squashed, lol, and unlike most of these, the flower spikes arch rather than stick straight up. The hummers seem to be fine either way, but I like the more informal look of this better I think. But I love them all anyway.

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Grevillea victoriae, the other mainstay of the hummers all winter. I think there is at least one male that does nothing but guard this one plant! Though it’s big enough when he is going to he flowers on one side, one of the females tends to sneak around the back. Doesn’t seem to be flowering as much this year as it has in the past though.

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The hellebores are all starting to bud out too. I got this one, an un-named seedling at the Green Elephant Plant Swap last year. I really should double check the identification of it, with its green cups marked with a maroon red rim. The orientalis types are still tightly in bud though.

And one final pic-

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I noticed the other day an odd pink in the bush, and wondered if something had gotten thrown into it by the wind or something. On close inspection, it’s a single, way early flower on the quince bush. This is one of the oldest plants in the garden, a house warming gift to my parents when they moved into the place. Reliable and wonderful, especially since it blooms so early. The hummers use the bush as a perch quite a bit, but the flowers are often lightly or rarely used by them. Bumbles on the other hand seem to like it just fine.

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