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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January Blooms 2013

Hello yellow! Hello you beauties that brave the strange weather we call winter in Middle Tennessee. Hello garden bloggers and welcome to Clay and Limestone's itty bitty Bloom Day show!

I have a few blooms for Bloom Day, but this daffodil is by far my favorite. All my daffs have poked out of the ground, but, one little patch in the sunniest spot in my garden decided to take advantage of the unusually warm, sunny day between the rain events to say hello to the day. The sunny yellow against the blue sky makes me happy.


Helleborus Winter Jewels™ 'Cotton Candy' is new to Clay and Limestone. So new, she's still in her black nursery container safe on the porch from the frizzle (frozen drizzle) we had last night. I am sure she will be a beautiful addition to the garden and compliment the Helleborus orientalis that should be blooming any day now!

Everything is covered with a layer of ice and Helleborus x'Jacob' looks like a wax flower. 

He didn't look too beat up the day before after almost 4 inces of rain. This is a hellebore I've admired for a long time and when I saw him offered for sale at Trader Joes I scooped him up.  I should have scooped up three or five!  Woulda, shoulda, coulda! I've read that H niger hybrids are especially picky about soil conditions and thought that a container made the most sense. So contained he is. I like him a lot already.

Forlorn Frieda should be the name of my only blooming viola! She looks so downcast after pummeling rains and frizzle! She'll perk up when the sun comes back. I love that about violas!

Last, but certainly not least!
Frost Flowers continue to bloom on and off on warmer days that are followed by freezing nights. I've written about Frost Flowers here and about Verbesina virginica here.

Happy Bloom Day and thank you for stopping by.  Now head over to May Dreams Gardens and hostess with the mostest Carol's global bloom extravaganza for the magic carpet ride to more blooming flowers then you could imagine on this cold and gray winter day!

Keep warm and safe out there.
xxoogail

Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.

33 comments:

  1. They may be few but they are charming!

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  2. Beautiful, those hellebores. Violas speak to my heart. That's a tough daffodil that ventures out in January!

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  3. Wow, do you have blooms early to us. Really pretty images, especially your daff. Nice you have blue skies too. We are the usual gray and blah. Happy GBBD.

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  4. I was so surprised to find a daffodil in bloom here at Clay and Limestone Gail! Beautiful double hellebore too!

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  5. The frost flowers are my faves. Of course hellebores are too. The daffs are peeking out of the ground here but not even a bud here. Happy GBBD.

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  6. Not so itty bitty -- you've got hellebores in bloom! 'Cotton Candy' is lovely, but you know it's hard to find an ugly hellebore.

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  7. I wish I had as many as you! They are beautiful! My daffodils have buds, but no blooms and my helleborus have decided to continue their winter nap a little longer. The only thing I have blooming are my tried and true violas...I can always count on them!

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  8. Beautiful blooms all!
    I especially like the daffodil - great capture of the raindrops and the blue sky in the background.
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  9. Wowee kazowee, Gail, that first shot of the daffodil curled my toes! What a beauty with the blue sky, but all of your pretties are wonderful. Stay warm and dry, my friend, and happy GBBD!
    xoxoxo
    Frances

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  10. Happy Bloom Day. I so enjoyed all of your flowers. Those frost flowers are awe inspiring.~~Dee

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  11. Love the 'Winter Jewels' Hellebore! My Hellebores started to bud/bloom back in early December and are still covered in snow (with a layer of leaves as mulch between). Hopefully there won't be any damage; this has happened many times before and they've loyally made it through. Amazing plants! Lucky you to have Daffodils blooming in January!

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  12. Loved your itsy bitsy GBBD display. The frost flowers are simply amazing. I wish we could have some of that rain over here!

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  13. I love, love "Cotton Candy"! And what a treat to have a daffodil actually blooming in the garden right now. I watched a little bit of the Weather Channel tonight--looks like Tennessee is getting hit hard right now; I hope your flowers don't all turn into frost flowers:)

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my post; so far it's been fun being back in the classroom, but I'll be ready for a break by spring:)

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  14. Ice always looks better in glasses then it does on plants. Happy GBBD, and may your frizzle go away.

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  15. Love the daffodil, the hellebores and other blooms. But how cool is that frost flower!

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  16. I have to admire these flowers, they are delicate yet they manage to bloom despite extreme weather condition. Each and everyone of us should make this as an inspiration.

    garden sheds

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  17. I never realized how short a season we had in Massachusetts until I discovered Bloom Day. We just have snow and fog. Not even a frost flowerl

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  18. I remember your frost flowers from before and they are gorgeous. Far too early for daffodils here, although someone who blogs from Wales has some very early ones

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  19. Your Bloom Day may be small but it is much larger than mine. I like your selection of hellebores.

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  20. You have flowers blooming? I don't care if they are Daffs or not, flowers? We are under a blanket of snow...sigh.

    Jen

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    1. I was completely shocked to have daffs open! I appreciate them after 6.33 inches of rain in a week and too much gray.

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  21. Oh the plant that got away! Shoulda woulda coulda..... I need to stop at the Trader Joe's when we go up to Greenville next time, didn't know they offered plants. wow.
    Funny how one daff pops up in a sunny spot before the rest.
    You need to stop by my GGBD post and see the bee-- kind of a blonde honey bee.

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    1. Loved your beautiful photos Janet and the bees were wonderful!

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  22. I missed GBBD as i always seem to forget the dates now, haha! Your flowers are still beautiful despite the cold, but i am really biased with pansies! But your frost flowers will top the contest though, so beautiful.

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  23. So jealous you have all these blooms right now but by far I love the frost flowers!!

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  24. I love those frost flowers! :) I hope you are spared the brunt of this latest storm.

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  25. I've seen frost flowers in the fields around where I live. Never knew what they were. Thanks for explaining them - and giving them a name. (Or telling me their name.) :)

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  26. Hi Gail,
    The countdown to my spring has begun in earnest, and I will enjoy seeing the progression of spring on blogs like yours. Your new hellebore sure is a beauty, and the daffodil is a welcome sight.

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  27. Hello there Gail girl ! Surprise it is me ! LOL
    You have such a gorgeous yellow sign of spring there with that big daffodil picture .. I planted about 96 of them all around the front garden border in between the day lily lines .. I am so hoping they will look beautiful too.
    Cotton Candy hellebore is stunning ! I love it ! .. I just put an order in for Ballerina Ruffles (with a few other plants .. who orders one plant ? LOL)
    We are not supposed to be in Spring weather here ... yet it is acting like it .. predictions for going well into our usual frozen state in the next few days with no snow coverage is scary .. I worry for my garden .. such is life though right ? There is always something to stress over !
    Beautiful pictures girl : )
    Joy

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  28. I have to agree with Donna. I've been fascinated with those frost flowers since you first posted about them. I have to wonder if they would grow here. Do you know of a source for seed? With the huge stack of catalogs at my house you would think I could find them but so far no luck.

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  29. Cotton Candy? Is that the name of the flower? Too cute.
    First time to see that kind of flower. Looks really pretty indeed. It's like a flower from Korea or Japan.

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  30. Oh my, daffodils already? What fun! Mine won't show up till March, but it is possible to see the iris reticulata in February, so I have high hopes!

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