Friday, January 30, 2009

A Little Color


Things are starting to wake up around the garden and I’m concerned that the cold weather may wipe out a few things and we may lose some spring blooms. I noticed yesterday the Bridal Wreath is putting out its spring growth. I also found a few blooms.

The Carolina Jasmine is full of Buds. This actually isn’t planted in our garden, but it grows on a common fence. Jamie and I are the ones that take care of it. I have a interesting story to tell sometime about this Jasmine.

Carolina Jasmine


The Japanese Magnolias are also putting out buds for new blooms. I think this one is ‘Jane’.

Japanese Magnolia


The Forsythia is also starting to burst into bloom. The shrubs never even completely lost the foliage this year, they’re still covered in red leaves.

Forsythia

35 comments:

Phillip said...

You are weeks ahead of us. I know you are relieved to see the garden coming to life.

Tatyana said...

Wonderful pictures! Good way to start a day.

Jamie and Randy said...

Phillip,
I don't know if it's a good thing or not. I don't think we are done with the cold weather yet.

Tatyana,
Thanks for the compliments on the photos.:-)--Randy

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

A little color? That's a LOT! We only have one color. And it's white.

Jamie and Randy said...

Hey there Jim!
It's good to see you again. Now see, I'm wanting white stuff. You want to trade places for a week? :-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are months ahead of us Randy. I love seeing these colorful photos. Such good shots.

I hope Jane doesn't lose her head with the cold creeping toward her.

The forsythia should do ok. We have had our forsythia withstand spring snows. The snow actually makes for lovely pictures with the forsythia.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

You have some very pretty color! I just noticed we have almost the same post title. I guess we're all looking for color right now!

Jamie and Randy said...

Lisa,
I'm worried about the same thing. Last year most all the blooms were ruined. I cours they're still so small that don't make that large of an impact on the garden anyway. I would still like to be able to enjoy them.

Catherine,
Thank you so much for joinine us!I'll be so glad when our garden is full of blooms again. It's so barren right now.

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Trade for a week? How about for all of February? It's short month...

flowergardengirl said...

I'm almost going nuts right now. I love it when our gardening buds start posting pictures of Spring. Keep them coming.

KC MO Garden Guy said...

I am so jeolous. It will be a couple more months until things start to bud out here.

Northern Shade said...

I appreciate those first blooms of spring the most of any in the garden, coming after the desert of winter. However, those early bloomers always take their chances with late frosts. The tiniest bulb in early spring brings a joy totally out of proportion to its size.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Hints of spring are starting to show. Your photos are so beautiful!

I love the early-flowering magnolias (well, actually -- I've never met a magnolia that I didn't like).

Your early blooms on the Jasmine look so fresh, don't they? New blooms in cold weather are such a welcome sight.

I've not yet seen blooms on my Carolina Jasmine, but now you've got me wondering if I need to check it closely.

Great photos!
Cameron

jodi said...

It's so exciting to see other gardens coming to life while mine is wrapped in snow and ice and cold and....just seeing those magnolia buds and forsythia, which grow here, made me smile. I won't see MINE for 3 or 4 months, yet, but I can enjoy yours in the meantime.

Wayne said...

OH MY GOD! Are you really getting 'spring' flowers already? It's just not fair!

Gardeness said...

I like that Japanese Magnolia. Things are just barely starting to bud around my garden. These are beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

Pam/Digging said...

It IS waking. In my old garden the Carolina jessamine is blooming too. I don't have any in the new garden, but I shall have to remedy that.

Jan said...

It won't be long now before everything bursts into bloom. We are a little south of you, so we have a few things already blooming, but not enough for me. I know you can't wait for spring to really arrive.

Jan
Always Growing

Jamie and Randy said...

Hello everyone! The sun is coming up and it’s going to be a glorious day! I wanted to take a minute to welcome all the new comers! I’m not sure if you are coming from the magazine article that I wrote or Blotanical, but I can’t tell you how happy we are to have you visit us! Not to mention providing us with new garden blogs to enjoy.

FGG-
I will make absolutely certaing to keep posting pictures of things as they bloom around here. I’m really looking forward to spring. We are removing a lot of things here at Our Eden to make way for more evergreens for the winter. It should be an interesting transition.

Cliff-
It’s always so good to see you in here. I want you to get busy with that camera this summer. You always have such beautiful projects going on. I’m curious to see what’s in store for us all.

Northern Shade-
We are so happy to see you here! Mr. Artic Air Mass needs to bring us some snow! I only want about five or six inches for just a couple of days. That last statement on your comment is absolutely poetic! If you don’t mind, I think I’ll try to cross stitch that on some winter time gardener gifts next year.

Cameron,
One of these days I’m going to post a terribly embarrassing story about that jasmine and the lady that planted it. I’ll give you a hint, it involves me, hedge clippers, a misunderstanding and a livid, screaming retired English Professor.

Jodi,
I can’t believe you have to wait another 3 or 4 months for spring! My heavens, I would be beside myself with misery! I will make certain to keep you blooms as they happen!

Wayne,
I just hope the cold doesn’t get the magnolia blooms. I’m very concerned about it. Our worst month is ususally February. We also had a freak winter storm in March of 1996. There wasn’t even a forecast for rain, we went to bed in almost 80 degree weather and woke up at 3 AM to thunder, lightning and almost a foot of snow on the ground.

OMG Gardeness! I’m listening to “French Fries with Pepper” right now! I can’t believe you listen to Morphine! Welcome to our blog, I hope we see you again soon, I also hope your garden show continues. That’s tragic news…

Pam,
I’m still so eager to watch your new garden unfold. I’m ready to get started in ours finishing up some projects, but honestly the economy has me a little frightened to be spending much money right now.

Jan,
I saw the redbud post and that was just positivley crazy! What in the world is going on down there. They are suppose to bloom a couple of weeks after the dogwoods. If you aren’t familiar with the story of the Judas tree look it up, pretty interesting.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Jasmine don't grow here, so it's nice to see what they look like--friendly and happy. Forsythia will bloom in April. Magnolia will bloom in mid May. Your red bud is fabulous!

Jamie and Randy said...

Monica,
I was talking about you and Paul James last weekend. Were your ears burning? :-)--Randy

GardenJoy4Me said...

OK .. I will admit this .. I am so jealous I can hardly comment ... but I will anyways ? ; )
Love those soft yellows .. and I so wish there was a jasmine that tolerated our zone .. the scent would be so wonderful here.
I'm with Jim ... the only colour here is white on white ... can you hear me screaming from here ? LOL
Nanook of the Frozen North : )
aka ............. me !

Jamie and Randy said...

Joy,
What zone are you in? Carolina Jasmine 'Margarita' can survive in zone 5.

perennialgardener said...

How lucky are you to have that much life in the garden at the moment! My Forsythia is full of buds but no signs of flowers quite yet. I brought some branches in over a week ago & they're blooming.

andré said...

Lovely pictures- they make me believe a spring is coming after all... I especially like the picture of the magnolia. Nice. :-)

Jamie and Randy said...

André-
I'm so happy you paid us a visit form so far away! Hopefully spring it not too far away.:-)--Randy

Jamie and Randy said...

Racquel,
I'm really getting geared up for spring. Jamie got outside and cleaned up the garden really well yesterday and it looks fabulous. I was out ther for less than five minutes and my back went out again. I'm seriously concerned that I'm going to be very limited in the garden from this point forward, which really sucks because we do everything together. I'll just keep doing my exercises and hope for the best. :-)

Gail said...

Luscious photos..the Magnolia is just texturally perfect. Have a good week...keep warm, it is going to get a little chilly.

gail

Frances said...

Hi Randy, wow, you are weeks ahead of us too. I think we are similar to Phillip but a little farther north. We also have Jane, but no color is showing yet. It looks like you had some nice sunshine too, from the light in the photos. I love the shot of the forsythia and jessamine. They both are proclaiming spring is near if not here!
Frances

Jamie and Randy said...

Gail,
It's 28° here right now. It's suppose to be warming up some towards the end of the week. Jamie realllllly cleaned up the garden well this past weekend and there are signs of life every where.

Frances,
As eager as I am to see spring I would gladly give up the magnolias for the snow you got this morning. I'm so disappointed we haven't gotten any this year. I'm going to the orchid show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden this weekend. I'll be thinking about you while I look at all those beautiful flowers.--Randy

Carolyn gail said...

You're months ahead of us here in Chicago but of course you live in the Garden of Eden :-) I can smell that Carolina Jasmine from here!

We're anticipating a heatwave this Saturday - 52 degrees. Probably floods as well if all that snow melts at once!

Thanks for the wonderful glimpse of Spring.

Jamie and Randy said...

Carolyn,
It's so good to hear from you! I hope you are doing well. I don't know if I could wait months for sping to get here. I'm ready to get in the garden and get started!--Randy

Chandramouli S said...

Great to see that it's all getting cheery there! How pleasant to see such lovely blooms!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Everything is lovely! Great photos. How did the weather turn out. Did anything freeze or get ruined? I hope not!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.