Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–1/15/2015: What a Bust!

Today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden, in which we are encouraged to put on parade what is blooming in our gardens. I really had hoped to participate regularly this year, but I am sad to report that due to the unfavorably frosty conditions in my garden, I have almost nothing to display for this first GBBD of the year.

IMG_0824Most of the flowers in the garden look like this brown camellia blossom. There were a surprising number of buds on one of the Encore azaleas ready to open, but the frost killed them. I would have expected the iphaeon to be starting to bloom now; it has reliably done so in past years. The greenery of the foliage is there, but no buds yet. Even the violas and pansies have not yet recovered from the frost. ‘Governor Mouton’ Camellia japonica is loaded with undamaged buds, is showing color at their tips, but still no openings.

The only items I could find with any color at all are a recovering and “weeping” pansy and a few struggling and well hidden loropetalum blossoms.


I do hope Carol will forgive this puny effort. At the least, I tried!

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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22 Responses to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day–1/15/2015: What a Bust!

  1. Oh, that’s too bad! I’m sure February will be better for you! We in the north have to resort to our houseplants for winter Bloom Days!


  2. Lea says:

    It’s been really cold just about everywhere. Even my pansy plants that usually bloom all winter are struggling just to stay alive. This morning we had what the weatherman calls “wintery-mix” but, thankfully, it didn’t last long. Next month will be better!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!


  3. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you , Lea. We haven’t had a “wintery-mix,” but the extended mornings below freezing have had a very negative effect. This too shall pass.


  4. Could be worse, you could be here where everything is frozen. On the other hand, it is really frustrating when buds ready to pop are ruined by the weather. You have my condolences.


  5. As you know, I feel your pain. Fingers crossed for February.


  6. pbmgarden says:

    Unpredictability of winter. Let’s hope February is kinder.


  7. Chloris says:

    Oh dear, I am sorry. How depressing for you. Gardeners should get a special dispensation from winter. I don’t think non- gardeners could understand the pain. I hope you get some flowers for February’ s bloom day.


  8. Cathy says:

    Better luck for February, John! I’m actually even worrying about my own garden in summer, now I’ve started taking part! I have lots of things that just repeat and others that are too small. But it’s an interesting record, isn’t it? Happy GGBD!


  9. Nell Jean says:

    The good thing about all the plants you showed is that they hold back some buds, lots of buds, for a warmer day. Every year is different. This time last year I had deciduous magnolia blossoms.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Nell Jean. You are correct in saying every year is different. Daffodils have bloomed every year we have lived here at the entrance to my grandkids neighborhood by the first of the year. This year no. But I do see the foliage has poked up.


  10. Pauline says:

    Hopefully you will have lots more flowers when your weather warms up a bit, weather is the only thing that we can’t predict for our gardens. I keep saying “there’s always next year” when something doesn’t go to plan. Hopefully next month will be better.


  11. annamadeit says:

    I think yours was a heroic attempt! With Mother Nature we sometimes don’t win. As others have noted, it is especially painful when burst-ready buds freeze off. In that regards, I have been far better off this year than last. Best wishes for you, for February!


  12. bittster says:

    My pansies would trade places with yours in a minute, they look far worse and can’t even think of blooming yet. Glad you gave it a try though! I’m sure February will be better.


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