First bloom of the New Year 2011

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Blog entry by jroot posted 01-02-2011 08:13 AM 12207 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first bloom of the year is this beautiful double peach hibiscus that surprised us on Jan 1st. What a nice way to welcome the new year.

Hibiscus bloom Jan 1st

Of course, the geranium plants continue to bloom under the lights in the basement. Most of the cuttings appear to have taken, so there should be lots of colour in the garden next year.

Who else would like to share their “first bloom” of the year?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 01-02-2011 09:31 AM

Happy New Year!!
how beautiful.

I will have a Christmas Cactus bloom in the near future .. but it’s just a bud thus far.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-02-2011 12:04 PM

Jroot, that hibiscus is beautiful! So fresh and spring-like.

I don’t have any blooms in the house right now….Christmas cactus done, no geraniums, the brugmansia is just recovering from a severe pruning and the armarylis bulb I rec’d for Christmas has only been planted.

But.....a walk around the yard, freshly emerged from several feet of snow, revealed some surprises.

First, a primrose, alittle worse for the wear….


And the Flowering kale and cabbages that continue to surprise me





-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 01-02-2011 12:24 PM

Very nice Jroot, my first blooms of the year happen outside and actually most people classify it as a weed, although I have never had anyone identify what it truly is. I love this time of year because I get hundreds of them in my yard and gardens, so small and so fragile. Here are a couple of close up photos, and yes those are blades of grass in the background.

If anyone knows what this magnificent little flower is I would love to find out.

Small Winter Spring Flower

Small Winter Spring Flower Close Up

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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posted 01-02-2011 01:26 PM

Look at all those lovely flowers! Thanks for the photos; they are all beautiful. OttoH, I can’t help you identify that flower but I would be happy to have it growing in my yard too.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 01-06-2011 09:22 AM

Jroot I don’t know how I missed this thread but that hibiscus is just beautiful.Love the color.
Iris the kale looks great.So colorful for this dreary time of year.
Otto could this possibly be cyclamen.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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