Friday, January 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - January 15, 2010

Today is my inaugural Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post.  I've joined a group who post what's blooming in their yards on the 15th of the month.   It will be fun to see what Mother Nature brings each month.

When you've looked through my Hill Country blooms, click the link above to wander out and see what else is blooming in the garden world.

I never know what will happen when I walk out my front door.  Last week we had days of hard freezes, uncommon in our zone 9b clime.  My few blooms  frosted and dropped.  I thought.

One lone flower spray, just enough to remind us of spring.  Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), native to the eastern US as far west as Texas.  Ours is evergreen, kind-of, keeping a sprinkle of leaves through the winter before filling out in spring. 

Prostrate Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, sp. unknown).  Tiny blue blooms attract bees and butterflies.  On warm winter days, our prostrate rosemary buzzes with activity.

Miniature tea rose, (Rosa, sp. unknown).

One petal left from a bloom before the freeze.  The winter foliage is an attractive red.  It will green up again in spring.

A couple of years ago, I came home with this from the grocery store, a bitty $4 plant wrapped in foil, three buds waiting to open, to put in the guest room for my mother's visit.  Then forgot about it until I went in to change the sheets when she'd gone.  Poor little rose was dried and withered.  But you never know, so I replanted it in a larger pot with good soil, sun and water, next to the rosemary to discourage the deer.  It's a survivor.

We don't all have blooms in winter but there is beauty everywhere...color, light, form.  Hope today you look around and find the beauty blooming in your path.


  1. Very nice! There is beauty all around us if we just take the time to see it.

  2. Well now - you are not only organized but kind of brave - starting out GBBD after our recent freeze and in the rain! I keep thinking I will get around to joining in on this fun and so far no luck. The 15th just keeps sneaking up on me.

  3. Welcome to bloom day! The coral honeysuckle is rather elegant, isn't it? I just realized how much I take my rosemary for granted: I forgot to photograph it today!

  4. Hi, Kathleen;
    Yikes - a hard freeze in a zone 9 climate. I hope some of your tougher flowers can shrug this off. Thanks for the comment and paying a visit to my blog. :)

  5. Happy Bloom Day! There's always something, if you look hard enough. This Bloom Day was sparse as compared to last year, but we manage.

  6. I love the coral honeysuckle and it looks like quite the trooper, doesn't it? Your miniature rose looks similar to mine, which is a Red Cascades (but it's a climber). Congrats on your first GBBD post!

  7. All I see is snow outside my window - gorgeous!!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. It was a day for me when I saw EVERYTHING blooming in my path, even that which appeared dead.

  9. I am so glad I stopped by! What a treat to read your post and look around your blog!
    clay and limestone

  10. PS Your post..."It Could Always Suck Worse" was an incredible read. gail

  11. I forgot all about my little red tea rose till I saw your photo.
    Happy Bloom DAY... can't wait to follow you into spring.


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