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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

PSST.... Garden Bloggers! It's Bloom Day March 2011


Did you hear?

Cut-leaf Toothwort is out in full force
It's Bloom Day and Garden Bloggers all over the known bloggasphere are celebrating the blooms in their garden. You can see more gardens then you can imagine in one day if you stop by hostess extraordinaire Carol of May Dreams Gardens to take the Mr Linky magic carpet ride to adventure.
Tommies are still in bloom

Just about everything that's in bloom is low to the ground and you know what that means don't you!

Spring Beauty has a long bloom time

It's time to limbo at Clay and Limestone! As if! No, it's macro-time!


Seriously, the flowers look so much better in their dramatic closeup!
Wallflower's second bloom~the first was last fall
What do you think?



This is Helleborus 'Golden Lotus'. She's a double yellow beauty and was hybridized by Marietta O'Byrne of Eugene, Oregon.

This is also, Golden Lotus Strain. In most cases using the word "strain" in the context of hybrid hellebores means that quite a bit of variation can happen in seedlings. Each year these plants will have flowers that look almost exactly like them, but, their offspring might look entirely different.

Here's to them having beautiful children!


Royal Heritage
Speaking of strains! I love Helleborus 'Royal Heritage Strain' and the variation that each plant brings to a garden and the variation each of the offspring also bring.











Ice Follies takes on a pink hue in the sunset.




Gorgeous but, unknown daff



Adorably small and also unknown narcissus. edit: Identified by Entangled as 'Minnow'!


and, because you cannot stop by to see my March Blooms without at least one look at Hedge, The Beautiful and Overbearing.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope spring is starting in your part of the garden!
xxoogail

This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011.This work protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.

45 comments:

  1. Gail! These are extraordinary photos of your beautiful blooms!! You are a magician with your plants and the light. Love your daffs whispering to one another. Each photo is like a poem. Your Tommies have rewarded your great efforts. The texture and light in your Wallflower photograph is simply stunning. Wow!

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  2. Love those double hellebores!

    And Spring Beauties already? I can't wait to see some here.

    Your little unknown narcissus looks like 'Minnow'.

    Happy Spring!

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  3. Entangled, Thank you~I thought it was and am glad to have it id-ed!

    Carol, You always make me feel good about my photos!

    gail

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  4. Seeing all your blooms really makes me excited to know more will be happening soon in my garden. Your stand of Tommies is wonderful. I love the bottle tree with the Hedge as a backdrop. It never looked better.Happy GBBD.

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  5. P.S. That first photo show how love is in the air everywhere right now. Sweet.

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  6. Beautiful blooms Gail! I love the hellebores you have. They are something I'll try to integrate more of in our garden. I bought one at the Lawn and Garden Show. Your daffs look great too!

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  7. We have some of the same things so your post is like a preview of what will be happening in mine in about a week. I'm all excited about it. Love your photos.

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  8. "I hope spring is starting in your part of the garden!" Much too slowly for me, Gail. But I love love love your blooms. Gives me hope. Those amorous daffodils have me smiling.

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  9. What a wonderful parade of early Spring bloomers..you have captured them in their finest attire. I love that pansy and oh, the bottle tree with the yellow hedge background is beautiful.

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  10. BEAUTIFUL!!!! Oh, my your photos are wonderful! (LOL to the limbo reference.) This time of year, it is necessary to get into some pretty imaginative positions to get good portraits in the garden ... hellebores are especially challenging. Yours are gorgeous!

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  11. Gorgeous! All the blooms are so lovely. I agree, I like the close-ups too. Your hedge looks stunning with the blue bottle tree in front! Great color compliments.

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  12. After a loooooooooooong drab winter colour is good for the soul, espcially colour explosions on your blog. It's good to see that Spring has Sprung chez Gail.

    Yolanda XXX

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  13. Such gorgeous blooms and great macro shots of them! I love the Hellebores, such beauty and in so many colours!

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  14. Gorgeous spring blooms at Clay & Limestone! That Golden Lotus Hellebore is so pretty. My only complaint about hellebores is that they don't hold their bloom head up high. They have so much to be proud of, yet they hang their heads so we can't see their faces :-( The daffodils are so sweet, so cheerful :-) Nothing say spring like a daffodil. Happy GBBD!

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  15. They may not look like much to you, but your river of tommies looks great to me. I can't believe the size of the 'Golden Lotus' hellebore bloom, it's huge!

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  16. The flowers whispering to each other are wonderful...actually I loved all the macros too...they are just beautiful. And as much fun as Limbo Time :)

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  17. LOL Gail as I am no limbo kind of gal but I do have wet knees and a wet belly quite often this time of year. Wonderful blooms and let's see that river from above. Tommies rule at C & L.

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  18. I loved your daffodil pictures. The double hellebore is unusual, I rarely see such a beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Gail that double flowered hellebore is amazing. I haven't seen one like it before and I'm smitten. I also quite like your claytonia, such delicate pretty flowers.

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  20. So much beauty, it's hard to take it all in!

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  21. Gail, Just amazing! You're way ahead of us, and I can't believe that hedge. Happy bloom day!

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous photos Gail!!

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  23. So neat to see that you have the exact same things blooming in your garden and you're all the way over there. We don't have a blooming bottle tree though :(

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  24. A beautiful post Gail. Your images are stunning.

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous, especially the Helleborus 'Golden Lotus'.

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  26. In a walk through the garden today I saw so many new shoots poking up through the ground, including the Jacob's Ladder that I thought was a "goner". The changes in the garden are on fast forward now! Your blooms are beautiful!

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  27. Beautiful hellebores! I can't wait until we get some blooms up here!

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  28. Gail,

    The Tommy photo is amazing. Your double hellebores leave me a good bit jealous. Ever get babies I have lots I can trade.

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  29. Gail! WOW look at the riot of color in your garden already! I suppose it's safe for me to come out of hiding out in the desert in AZ!
    I always love seeing your blue bottle tree!waving from the desert!

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  30. Drooling over those double hellebores here!

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  31. That's the second Golden Lotus I've seen in two days - the first at Canada Blooms - and now yours glowing like a soft golden star - perhaps there's one destined for my garden as well? So lovely to see all your colour Gail.

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  32. Gail, these are some of the prettiest pictures ever and a welcome spring treat for those of still in the waiting room!

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  33. How exciting to see spring arrive at Clay and Limestone! That path of Tommies is just magnificent, Gail. And your hellebore--I didn't even know you could get double blooms like this; what beauties! I'll be dreaming of daffodils the rest of the day.

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  34. I love that viola.. tiger something, right? It's such a nice one...

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  35. So much happening in your garden; lucky you. My favorite is that dainty little Spring Beauty. Just adorable.

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  36. Yes, Hedge in all his glory. I have to think Hedge is a guy, a big, burly guy with very large shoulders. I want that gorgeous double hellebore, but where on God's green earth would I put it? Thanks for the tour. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

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  37. Gail,
    those are just gorgeous pictures and there was no better way to show the Spring.
    I tried the other day to take some pictures from some of my flowers but
    I guess I need to find a better camera. My current camera does not support makro mode and taking the picture of a flower from a bigger distance is just not the same.

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  38. That crocus photo is so beautiful!

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  39. Gail, Love all the macro shots, esp of course those amazing hellebores. Wallflowers are on my list of what I would definitely grow if I lived in zone 7 or so - love your orange selection, and I'd also want that lovely 'Bowles mauve' which is really purple :)

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  40. Cyndy, I found another wallflower at a big box store~Apricot colored, but the buds have a wonderful purple tint to them...I would also like the Mauve...Must ask Frances where she found the ones she grows. gail

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  41. Hi Gail,
    Yes, it is finally spring our way. We'll still have some cool days, but I'm out as often as I can be cleaning up last year's growth and planting seeds in the veggie garden.

    I love all of your blooms! Those hellebores sure are beauties. I love the reddish foliage of my 'Royal Heritage' hellebore. I hope it blooms this year.

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  42. I forgot to say that I'll have to look to see if my wallflower is coming up yet.

    I have been wanting to call the garden center where I get my pansies to see if they have them in yet. The color of yours is very pretty.

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  43. Gail, the photos are mesmerizing! Great stuff!

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