I am on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, USA, zone 8b. The recent cold burnt the star magnolia blossoms. We covered them one night when the temp dipped to an obscene level, but not the next. Do you know they have these bushes, magnolia stellata, I think, in England, too?
The summer snowflakes have started earlier than in past years. Such a wonderful mild winter we’ve had. I like it!
The azaleas are pitiful, but buds are still waiting on most of my bushes. I have seen some spectacular display on native azaleas in the woods.
Yes, a few lingering paperwhites in the middle of an azalea.
And the faithful sweet olive. Osmanthus fragrans, also called tea olive. Perhaps today, expected 75 degrees, the fragrance will delight.
Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Pop over and enjoy yourself at a glimpse of blooms around the world.
The glory of the heirloom Christmas Cacti continue. This is the 34 year old plant, kept on the screen porch, but compulsively brought inside when temps dip toward freezing.
Paperwhites started so very early. I’ve been bringing in bouquets to enjoy. Makes the kitchen smell like spring.
Sweet olive, still. Amazing! And on the warm days, oh, how fragrant!
Winter this year on the Alabama Gulf Coast, zone 8b, is mild and beautiful.
Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens, who continues to host GBBD. I look forward to viewing what’s going on around the world.
Today was the type of day that prompted my husband to say: “This is the sort of winter day I signed on for down here,” as we sat on the porch watching the sun go down, and our dear grandson, in shirt-sleeves, played in a pile of leaves.
I’m glad for the soft day and walk around the yard to see…
Sweet olive--the gift that just keeps giving.
Like Christmas: Soon...soon!
Oxalis spread like pretty little fairy gifts.
Pink camellias, like angels dropping their wings.
Green pea blossoms. Bush peas an experiment for me this winter, and not doing all that well.
And lastly I am inspired by Nell Jean at Secrets of a Seed Scatterer to share a photo of my electric kettle. It has been a trusty companion since I moved into this house three and a half years ago, by myself at the time. It greets me each morning, never fails in it’s job. Nell Jean has it in her greenhouse, and, being uninformed, I don’t know why. Perhaps I can include mine as nurturing the gardener, providing hot water for endless cups of tea, which, like prayer, gets me through the day.
Yes, Nell Jean, it does make me look thinner.
Visit May Dreams Gardens to see other blooms from Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.