Gardeners Bloom Day March 15
There is a Meme (a blogging theme) for Gardener’s Bloom Day. It is always the 15th of the month. I am not sure who started it or why. However, I always enjoy seeing everyone else’s blooms. I am never organized enough to write a bloom day post of my own. There’s a lot in bloom in my garden right now, though, and it all seems to have a theme. Here is my bloom day collage:
You might notice that my pansies have botrytis. I could try to treat it, but at this point, I am so over my pansies. I don’t know the names of any of my camellias! Can you guess what the plant is in the top row, second from right? I used to get asked about it all of the time when I worked at Airlie Gardens. It was the one plant that I could identify from a verbal description. I would get calls going something like this: “I have this plant, and it has purple flowers that look kind of like witch-hazel. What is it?”
UPDATE: GOOD GUESSES EVERYONE! The mystery plant is a Loropetalum, not a witch hazel. Now, I should go see if they are related. . .
Beautiful collage. This reminds me to check out Picassa. I hope to create one as pretty as yours.
- Helen Yoest @ Gardneing With Conficence Says:
Hey Katie, its me your tweet friend!
Love the collage.
Glad you found out this was Carol’s brainchild. Happy Bloom Day!
- Sweet Bay Says:
Very beautiful and colorful collage. I love your camellias.
- Nell Jean Says:
Your mystery shrub is Loropetalum, blooming here, too, with camellias. I’m waiting for the big show of azaleas and dogwoods that will be here in the next ten days.
- katie Says:
Nell! You let the cat out of the bag! (Thank you for visiting?!) But, you are correct. The mystery plant is Loropetalum. I can’t wait for the Azaleas. They better come fast, because the North Carolina Azalea Festival is SOON! (Oh, I should go on the garden tour so I can do a blog post about it!)
- Linda Lehmusvirta Says:
Ah, glad I was correct! I was writing to say it was Loropetalum. It does well here in Austin, but not so well your lovely camellias.
- Racquel Says:
What a beautiful collage of blooms. I’m seeing a theme already with the shades of color of your blooms.
- katie Says:
Carol is the name of the lady at May Dreams Gardens. She lives in Indiana–where I’m from! I always love following her on Twitter, but I love her Bloom Day Meme even more. Today has been a really spectacular day, looking at everyone’s gardens, even as it is pouring rain and chilly here. Thanks, Carol, for starting this. I’m in for good!
Visit her at: http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com/
- Gail Says:
…and the mystery plant is a relative of witch hazel. The flowers are very similar. I found a witch hazel with that delightful purple color…H vernalis “Amethyst”…it’s lovely. Your collage is delightful! gail
- Dee/reddirtramblings Says:
Welcome to bloom day, and thanks for stopping by my little blog to visit. Love your collage. You were right that Carol started it. She was inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence about having blooms nearly everyday of the year.
Wish I could help you on the i.d. They’re all pretty-pretty.~~Dee
- Sue Says:
- Gayle Madwin Says:
What a gorgeous collection of red/pink flowers you’ve amassed!
- katie Says:
Yes, my garden is very pink right now! I can’t wait for the veggies to start sprouting to add in some more green! I have so many more plants I want to plant now, after looking at all of everyone’s bloom day posts! There is never enough time, money, room, etc.!
- Annie in Austin Says:
It’s kind of funny about the Loropetalum, Katie…most people I know use the botanic name and call it Loropetalum – ran into the Chinese Witch Hazel name on the tags and looking the plant up in books and on the internet. Maybe Loropetalum is so pretty people didn’t need to mess with it!
Wow, your camellias, shrubs and pelargoniums have a real color scheme! Most of my pink plants are grouped into an area called the Pink Entrance Garden.
Annie at the Transplantable Rose
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