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Current late winter bloomers in my garden


Walking through my garden on a warm day, I am finding blooming plants that already give hints of what is to come once spring is here.  These are what is currently blooming.

The crocus have already bloomed and are fading away.  The Camellia ‘Crimson Candles’ is in full bloom.  This is an interesting camellia in the way it grows in a open yet narrow habit.  The buds show a lot of color long before they actually open.  Both the Lenten Rose and the Bird’s foot hellebore are also blooming near them.  The Winter Daphne and Leatherleaf Mahonia bloom with their wonderful fragrance filling up the area.  Both of these plants are musts for late winter fragrance in the garden.  The fragrant tea olive is showing signs of blooming any day now.  It too is a very nicely scented plant.  One often smells it long before you see the flowers as the flowers are quite small.

In the native garden, the Carolina Jessamine is blooming and it too is fragrant.  It is climbing up the arbor leading into the garden which means you get it’s wonderful smell every time you enter the garden while it is in bloom.  The native Spring Beauties are also in bloom and the phlox “emerald blue’ is showing some flowers.  The phlox makes a great evergreen ground cover.  When it is in full flower, you don’t even see the leaves.  The witchhazel is wrapping up it’s bloom season while the columbine looks to be ready to pop any day now.  I have also seen the Virginia Bluebells poking up so I am looking for their blooms before long.  The native violets are also blooming.  It is still early in the native garden.

Back up around the house, the Daphne genkwa is just starting to flower.  I also have a dwarf forsythia and the Kumson forsythia, both of which are in bloom.  Kramer’s Rote heather has been in bloom for a couple of weeks now.  The focal of the front garden is the Weeping Cherry Plum which has started to bloom and should be in full flower within a couple of days.

All said, it is an exciting time for a gardener with the glory of spring just around the corner.

Crimson Candles Camellia

Bird's foot Hellebore

Crocus 'Blue Pearl'

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