Thursday, February 14, 2008

February Bloom Day At the DragonFly Garden


February is a good month for gardens in South Florida. My multi-color bougainvillea is putting on a show. Two weeks ago it looked dead; not a leaf or flower on her and then--boom! Flowers galore!

My Dill plant (or weed) is showing the most beautiful clusters of mini-yellow flowers and the bees love them. My kind of plant--edible and also looks great in the garden.

I have a red geranium in a pot that is flowering for the second time this winter.

These miniature Petunias are called Lemon Zest. I bought the plant at my local nursery last week. I find the white and lemon color combination magnificent.

I have two surviving rose bushes. This one is the perfect rose bush--no problem with disease, blooms year-round and the roses change color after a couple of days from this white-yellow combo to a lovely soft pink.

The multi-color Lantanas are doing great this time of the year. Being drought-resistant plants, they actually like our drought conditions.

The white Angel’s Trumpet bloomed this week.

Finally, the yellow marigolds and cosmos are blooming in my wild corner (affectionately known as my "Surprise-Surprise" corner). I have thrown so many seeds in that area that I never know what will grow and am always pleasantly surprised. Nature is truly a miracle!

16 comments:

Carol said...

All I can say is, how sunny and bright! Flowers in February. Life, bloom, bees, it is wonderful to know it exists somewhere. Here in the cold of winter, sometimes we forget.

Thanks for joining us for bloom day and having such wonderful blooms to share with us.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

jodi said...

So nice to see bright colour (and get away from all the pink of Valentines posts). Delicious. Gave me hope that we'll make it through to spring, all us northern gardeners!

gintoino said...

Beautiful blooms! My lantana isn't blooming this month, I blame it on the drought (it's been the driest winter in Portugal since 90 years). I'm starting to worry it won't rain enough until summer...
Oh, I loved your terracotta frog :-)

Frances said...

What a stunning bougainvilla, the color is captivating. Do you know the name of that buff colored rose? It is so pretty.

Frances at Faire Garden

Salix Tree said...

Oh what lovely colors! The bougainvillea is beautiful!
I'll have to try growing dill this year. I've been meaning to try growing it, but after seeing those cheerful yellow flowers, that's decided me!

Nan Ondra said...

You weren't kidding, Rusty; you certainly do have a bounty of blooms. Here in PA, it'll be August before we see some of the beauties you're enjoying right now. Thanks for sharing them!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

You certainly have a lot blooming. I looked earlier today and had to come back for a second peak.

kate said...

Your Bougainvillea is so attractive - I like it! The white/yellow rose is very attractice and wow, I haven't seen any angel's trumpets for a long while. Yours looks great with the little frog.

I like the dark-orange colour of the Lantana. It is stunning.

The Cosmos look as if they are happy in their corner.

Wicked Gardener said...

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Vanillalotus said...

Wonderful blooms! I love the bougainvillea. I have never seen one like that and there are many around here. I have a juanita hatten bougainville but I wish I had the beautiful one you have. Your other plants are spectacular. I'm clearly so envious!

Jeanette said...

Hi Rusty, You have lovely bright blooms there and i love the colour of the bougainvilla,and the vibrant red of the Gerainium, Happy gardening..

Sue Swift said...

Hi Rusty,
Your bougainvillea is superb. I've never seen one of quite that colour before.
have a weakness for lemony petunias too. The miniature ones I had last year weren't much good, but two years ago I had a yello surfinia which was the pride of my balcony the whole summer.
Sue

Meems said...

Rusty: love the blooms on your bouganvillea... they are amazingly lush in your part of the state. It is inspiring to see that just a few hundred miles south of me the warmth of the sun is producing such wonderful color and recovery from the one freeze we had has been quick. Angel trumpets already... wow!

Nicole said...

You have quite a lot going on in the garden. That bougainvillea is lovely, as is the dill. My dill is now coming up, though only once I had it actually bloom and set seed-hopefully it will this time. It always gets blown over, but this time I sowed the seeds very thickly for the seedlings to support each other. We also have a lot of plants in common this month.

Anonymous said...

Im amazed at all the variety of flowering plants you are able to grow succesfully. I live in south Florida as well near the coast and I think my thumb isn't as green. Weeds are impossible to eradicate in my yard - I just pull what I can and mow the rest when cutting the yard. Lately, Im just growing what I notice grows best in my area and sticking with that. Its taken many years to realize that but I think its the only way to go. Univ of Florida has a great collection of articles on everything that grows here. This is their search engine: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ . Good luck on your great garden - mario

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I just got back from Palm Beach Shores - it was great to see everything in bloom. I did not see any gardens with the variety of flowers that you have - no Cosmos, no Roses. Lots of Datura & Bougainvillea, though. Are you aware that you are in violation of the law that says if you garden in South Florida you have to grow Hibiscus? :^) Your flowers are lovely.