Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Very Dry January Bloom Day


a Narcissus 
I can hardly believe it's time for another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day! But I'm looking forward to visiting Carol's blog, May Dreams Gardens, to see what is blooming in other gardens. (click on the link to see many different gardens from around the world).

I took my morning walk around the garden on this beautiful and warm January day and was happy to see that spring is on its way. So many bulbs already pushing up and seedlings, of I'm not sure what, have sprouted.

This has been one of the driest years on record here in the Central Valley of California and throughout the state.  In addition, there has been little snowfall in the mountains to supply irrigation water to the farmers. We are attempting to cut back on our water usage and some of my beloved plants may have to go. I will continue to mulch around the plants and hope that it helps. And we continue to hope and pray for rain.

Here is what's in bloom in my zone 9b garden on this January Bloom Day:

some bulbs:

Paperwhite Narcissus has been blooming for a long time

'Snowflakes' Leucojum Aestivum
The Sasanqua Camellias have been in bloom for awhile. Some were looking a little bedraggled after the December cold snap.
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' beginning its 3rd year in the garden
Camellia 'Yuletide'
Camellia sasanqua 'White Dove' going into its 2nd year
Camellia 'White Dove'
unknown Camellia sasanqua

Some bright colors from the primroses:
Primula/Primrose

Primula/Primrose
Cyclamen
pansies, primroses, and some narcissus not yet emerged
a pot of stock/ Matthiola incana

Paludosum Daisies getting ready for spring time bloom
only one shy bloom from the Hellebores
And some fruit from the citrus:

'Nagami' Kumquat
'Nagami' Kumquats

the last of  the lemons from the Dwarf Meyer Lemon


Happy gardening and happy Bloom Day!

22 comments:

  1. Unbelievable what you have blooming in January which I consider only plants that bloom during the season. Of course it obviously is the season for you. LOL
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Hi Cher, We have had some unusually warm days this winter, aside from December's cold snap, and so the plants think it is spring! There are new plants sprouting out every day. I hope spring arrives soon for you, too! But a nice winter rest is probably good, too!

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  2. Beautiful blooms!
    I especially like the Primroses.
    I, too, hope and pray that it rains for you and the farmers.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea

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    1. Thank you, Lea. The primroses really brighten up the garden. I'm not seeing any rain predicted in the near forecast. The drought is the topic of just about every conversation. I hope you have a great day as well!

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  3. How I would love to grow lemons!
    I do hope you get some rain. Here, there's been so much we have had floods. I wish we could send some of it across to you.

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    1. Hi Jessica, My little lemon tree is about 2 years old now and I just love it. It has been a heavy producer from the beginning. This year I had enough to give away! We could certainly use some of your rain!
      Maybe the spring time will be "normal"!

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  4. Hi Dorothy, so nice to get a glimpse into what is blooming in your garden in January! I especially love the paperwhite narcissus, the leucojum aestivum 'Snowflakes', and the hellebores bloom. Your kumquat tree looks really happy. It must be nice to get so many fruits from it! Wishing you a lovely day!
    Christina

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    1. Hi Christina, I'm so happy to have some January blooms. The weather is more spring like than winter, as I'm sure you are experiencing in San Diego as well. It doesn't seem like January at all. Now if we could have some showers for those spring flowers!

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  5. beautiful Camelias. Your kumquat look so stunning

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    1. Thank you, Endah. The camellias did suffer during the cold December weather, but now they are beginning to bloom again. The kumquat is one of my favorite types of citrus. It can take more cold than other types, and I do like the colorful fruit!

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  6. Hi Dorothy, very interesting to see what growing in your Jan garden. We get mild sunny winter days too, and they're beautiful. But when I hear the weather's more spring than winter, I wonder whether this is climate change, global warming. We are at the end of a horror week, every day well over 40 degrees - that is 104+ fahrenheit!

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    1. Hi Sue, I hope you have a cool down soon. That intense heat is brutal! Although it has been pleasant doing a bit of garden clean up in this spring like weather, it is just unnatural, and I am inclined to believe it is climate change. I dread what the summer will be like here!

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  7. I love that Kumquat tree and what gorgeous camellias. It certainly looks like spring in your garden.
    Chloris

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    1. Hello Chloris, The kumquat does very well in this climate so we have always had one in our yard. And the sasanqua type camellias are also very trouble free here, although they did have a bit of a setback by the cold weather in December. It certainly does seem like spring has arrived, much too early! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Your January blooms are lovely, Dorothy, in spite of the drought. I love all your camelias. I do hope you have rain soon! P. x

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    1. Thank you, Pam. I do love camellias, too. The sasanqua camellias have always been especially easy to grow plants for us. I hope they survive if water rationing becomes necessary. Thank you for the good wishes!

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  9. CA is in my prayers for rain. :o) I'm impressed you have as much blooming as you do. My garden will be dormant for another 6 weeks but there is life under the mulch. A few plants have growth at the crowns, which never fails to excite me.

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    1. Hi Tammy, California thanks you for the prayers! I know we will probably have to make decisions soon about which plants will get the precious amounts of water we will be allotted, and we may be looking at how to use gray water to keep plants alive. It's good that your plants are enjoying a nice winter's rest. They will wake up refreshed and ready for beautiful spring time blooms!

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  10. So many lovely flowers, your garden is looking great. I am also worried about the lack of rain...

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    1. Thank you, Masha. The drought seems to be on all of our minds throughout the entire state. Maybe February will be a better month!

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  11. Thank you so much for the offer of the snowflake bulbs. However, I already have some in my garden (snowdrops was just a fun thing to try). I do love the snowflake's blooms (so much bigger and showier than the snowdrops) - but I can't believe yours are already blooming! And daffodils, too! Mine are both just now pushing up through the soil. And I was surprised to see the lemons and kumquats. How fun to have fresh fruit in January! I do hope you get some rain soon. Droughts are never fun to live through. You have my sympathies and prayers.

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    1. Hi Holley, We have had above the normal temps for the month of January. It's like spring time, but much too early. With this drought, I think we are in for some very hard times. But we will do whatever is necessary to get through it. Thanks for your good wishes!

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