Today’s six, except for the camellia in the featured image, are more items of promise than of–well of fully realized interest. But it has been a while since I posted on Six on Saturday and except for a couple edging projects that are not ready for public display, what you see below is what I have. There are other garden updates that might well be more engaging linked in the comments to the always interesting items at the Propagator’s site. Visit, scroll, and click to your pleasure there.
1. Now back to the featured image of Camellia japonica Grace Albritton. The first buds that came out a few weeks ago were quickly frost burned or frozen. What you see below has developed just within the past week. The lovely thing about this shrub is the way the bud opens from a tightly furled deep pink globe to a very light pink flower edged with the darker shade.
2. Some Hellebores are starting to bloom as well, but not nearly as many as I typically see the end of January. Those that are beginning to open are rather lazy about, as well.
3. Daffodils have grown significantly in the wooded area of the garden over the past five days, and they have multiplied nicely over the past year. Below is just one of several groupings. I look forward to the understory being dotted with yellow and creamy white flowers later in the spring.
4. While considering which would be my fourth entry, I realized that I have been ignoring the most prolific performer in the garden this winter: a Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta). I likely ignored it because the thought of all of these berries turning into holly bushes is terrifying. These photos were taken in November, December, and late January in the oder below. In spite of the freezing temperatures, hard rains, and storm winds, not many berries have fallen in over three months.
5. I’m going inside for my final two images. The first, a Christmas cactus or Schlumbergera, is blooming for the second time this winter. I purchased it just barely budding from a big box store, only to see all of the tiny buds drop off when I got it home. But, I must have found a good spot for it by a southern facing window. It has grown nicely, and promises good color.
6. The final entry is one that makes me very happy. This plant had a prominent place in my Six on Saturday post for August 15th last year, celebrating the first time the orchid (Phalaenopsis) had bloomed in four years. There were three flowers then. Now, it is preparing to bloom again with several more buds. Again, I think that I have found its happy place.
I’ll end this post with the hope that in time I’ll have several of these beautiful orchid flowers to look at for weeks. Stay safe and healthy gardening friends.