This the first Bloom Day on my new blog! I've participated every month since the tradition began last February (although I was seriously late once or twice).
Like adding structure to the garden, Bloom Day adds structure to the garden blog. I don't try to post every day, but I do try to post regularly. It's good to have something to rely on every month in case I don't have anything new to say (which is often).
I'm looking forward to comparing next month's Bloom Day with last year's. I know a lot has changed in my garden since then.
So then, on to Bloom Day...
First of all, this post for Bloom Day incorporates by reference all blooms shown in this post from three days ago. I just can't bring myself to take any more pictures of Hardenbergia violacea or Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules'.
Other current blooms not shown: Abutilon (white- and apricot- colored flowers), Lewisia (with that "insincere pink"), yarrow (sporting a three-month-old flower head that still hasn't gone to seed), and rosemary.
Here is a plant I show often, but not recently. I know it as Cotyledon orbiculatum var. longifolium. It might have a newer name by now.
Usually, the umbel is erect, but this time it's quite horizontal.
Also usually, this plant flowers in the summer after hot weather, but I have a January flowers this year.
It's also strange to see this guy making flowers on my roof.
I have a hard time recalling the names of lesser succulents. Always on the tip of my tongue...
This is my only flowering houseplant--Aglaonema. A single dose of dilute Miracle-Gro and it flowers on command. I could have flowers all year long with constant feeding, but I'm too lazy.
And I do these things just like everybody else. Mostly over, I put it outside last night.
Manzanitas bloom in winter. I have three different kinds, all quite young, and two of them have flowers today.
Since these plants are small, I have to get up close to show you the tiny flowers. In the future, I'll stand at a distance and you'll see a plant festooned with terminal panicles of urceolate flowers.
White and pink.
Since buds count, here is Verbena lilacina. This is a California native that will bloom all year on the coast once it gets going. The flowers are quite fragrant.
The cymbidium orchid has buds that refuse to open.
They will eventually. That little drop of water you see is a tear the plant is crying for missing this month's Bloom Day.
Cyclamen in darkness under the deck stairs. I bought several on discount and planted a little drift. This is the only picture that looks good enough to post tho'.
I don't like spiders, but I don't mind the Tibouchina's spider-like sex parts.
I'll end with a coming attraction for next month. Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'.
Link to last month's Bloom Day.
Link to the Winter Queen of Garden Blogger Bloom Day.