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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

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.

Winter Makes a Last Stab

There are our new chicks here, a new foal in the pasture next door, and three new tiny goats at the house down the road. The paperwhites are all but done, the green peas have come up, and the star magnolia is blooming. All say spring, and here comes winter with a last stab. For the next too nights temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s. Do you believe it? We have a fire roaring in the fireplace! DH and I covered a few prize plants with sheets. They blow in the breeze and look like animated ghosts, and possibly that idiots live in this house. Still, we hope.

This, too, shall pass. It always does.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

This is the sight that I see when I step out of my kitchen door. The color is a feast for the eyes.

Can someone tell me the name of this tree? It is, I believe, a native of south Alabama.

The loropetalum has been blooming for a good month.

This is the magnolia stellata, sometimes call the star magnolia, a name I can remember a little better.

The delicate fringed blossoms give off a faint scent that drifts down to me as I pull weeds beneath it. I am so grateful for this unique bush!

The discount hyacinths I bought at Walmart last year returned, whoot!

The inside of the house, cooking, crochet, and yes, even writing, goes neglected, while I’m seduced, once again, by the wiles of spring.

To visit other Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day participants, visit our generous host Carol at May Dreams Garden.


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