It has been a lovely spring in Switzerland, so far. Twice, we had almost-frost nights, but there was no damage done to the emerging foliage and blooms. In this blog post, I’m featuring the blooms in my garden. Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is a meme hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Go over there and check out the other participants‘ blooming spectacles.
Spring is on its way! Finally there are some blooms in the garden again, after the very meager winter months. With the meme „Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day“ (GBBD) we’re showcasing every month the blooms of our gardens. GBBD is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Go over there and check out the other participants‘ blooming spectacles.
That’s it for this month. What’s flowering in your garden? Join the GBBD meme and share your blooms!
We’re having very pleasant weather which seems to be staying for a while. With a bit of luck this means that winter’s over. It would be the mildest winter since maybe four years! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Despite mild weather, there isn’t much going on in the garden. I really need to get more winter bloomers…
Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Garden. Check the posts of the other participants out!
Honorable mentions are Sweet Box and Mahonia ‚Winter Sun‘ which are still flowering.
First Bloom Day of the year – and there aren’t many blooms to show. Winter here in Central Europe so far has been mild but too cold for many of the winter bloomers in my garden. I probably have to get more plants that bloom reliably in this season.
Sarcococca confusa seems to be starting to bloom. I don’t smell anything yet, so I’m not sure if the blooms are open. Sarcococca confusa and the fern Polystichum polyblepharum make an elegant combination in the shade garden.
Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens.
I’m starting this new feature „Foliage First!“, which is inspired by the hashtag #foliagefirst on Instagram. I participated in Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day and thought to myself: in winter, the foliage in our gardens is much more important, so why not start a similar feature showcasing foliage in all its glory? With „Foliage First!“ I’m showing the finest foliage that I can spot in my garden at the first day of every month. So let’s go ahead:
Doesn‘t look like much right now, but it‘s quite a special plant: a young, gangly Aristotelia fruticosa, grown from seed, between Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‚Fastigiata‘. It‘s a divaricating shrub, a typical habit of New Zealand plants, from mountainous regions, so hopefully it proves winter hardy in my climate. The species is really polymorphic: brown, dead-looking foliage to green and lush, deeply lobed to rounded leaf.
A. fruticosa is a cousin to the bigger Aristotelia chilensis from, you guessed it, Chile. This Genus shows a clear Gondwanan range: From Chile to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. A. chilensis freezes most winters to the ground, but is quite hardy.
Are you interested in participating in this feature? Leave a comment!
After a couple of harder frosts (-3°C/27°F), there aren’t many blooms left in the garden.
My only Camellia (I need more!) has some buds in preparation, for the first time. Will it flower this winter or will the cold get to them first? We’ll see. The cultivar: Camellia sinensis ‚Large Leaf Form‘.
Malacomeles (Amelanchier) denticulata should be grown more. It is almost hardy in my climate, not too fussy about the wet weather, and seems to bloom twice a year: Winter and late spring. It’s an evergreen Amelanchier with edible berries from Mexico.
Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Garden.
I thought I would join with this „meme“ (not really a meme) of posting pictures of blooms in the garden every 15th of the month hosted by May Dreams Garden. Maybe it will encourage me to post more regularly.
We didn’t have any frosts here in the lower regions of Switzerland yet, so most of the plants are still well and alive. This will change presumably next week.
That’s it for my garden besides a couple of weeds blooming;)