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February Bloom Day — First Blooms

Iris douglasiana

This’ll be a short bloom day post. We don’t have a lot in bloom, but things are starting up with the promise of more to come. This past week saw several plants open their first flowers. We have our first Doug Iris, first Cal Poppy, and first Daffodil. The Tree Coreopsis, Ribes ‘White Icicle,’ and the New Zealand Tree Fuchsia have been blooming for a couple of weeks. One of the Sidalceas has had a clutch of flowers for the same amount of time. And the ever-bloomers have flowers, Alyssum, Geranium ‘Bill Wallis,’ Calendula, and the Iochroma. Of the deciduous plants, the Ninebark broke leaf at the start of the month and the Snowberry is breaking leaf now. That’s early for the snowberry, but right on schedule for the ninebark.

Coreopsis gigantea

Thanks to Carol for hosting bloom day. Click over to MayDreamsGardens for links to many more blogs showing off their flowers.

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5 Responses to “February Bloom Day — First Blooms”

  1. February 15th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Bernieh says:

    That’s a beautiful Iris and your Coreopsis is a bright cheery addition to your garden. It sounds like your garden is definitely waking up from its slumber.

  2. February 15th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    James says:

    March is going to be spectacular, and you’re off to a good start towards it. Congrats on having the ribes in your mix. The local chaparral currant does great for me, but the others haven’t been nearly so cooperative or happy with life in this part of California. (Like, no flowers. Ever.) We’ll see what next month brings you…

  3. February 15th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Gayle Madwin says:

    You have blooms! That iris is gorgeous.

    I have only my golden currant beginning to bloom, and I didn’t bother photographing it because it will be way more spectacular-looking two or three weeks from now than it is right now.

    I’m most interested to hear about your ninebark. My ninebark doesn’t seem to consider itself deciduous. It’s kept its leaves all winter. Maybe just because it’s young and wasn’t planted until late November?

  4. February 16th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    ryan says:

    Bernieh, yep, not awake yet, but waking.

    James, several different Ribes are native to the bay area and they’re all really easy to grow here. During our construction project I dug a trench right next to ours, but it’s blooming anyways. The chaparral currant is sometimes a little fussy about drainage but really easy too.

    Gayle, every ninebark I’ve ever grown has dropped its leaves every winter. I’d guess you’re right that it’s just acting weird because it’s young. I would almost want to pull the old leaves off if they didn’t; my favorite thing about them is when the first leaves come out, they’re like green flowers.

  5. February 24th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Scott Weber says:

    I dont’ know how I missed your bloom day post. I love the Iris…hard to believe your are blooming already!

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