Well, given our colder-than-the-last-decade-or-two winter, I don’t have many blooms this February. The non-native to Texas, Leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei),
sports its yellow blooms, though not all quite open and coupled with developing berries.
Also, a personal favorite of mine, the native-to-Texas Coral honeysuckle vine, (Lonicera sempervirens),
shares a sprinkling of its clusters for now. In a month or so the vine will be covered with these lovely red blooms, much to the delight of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
And that’s it! Nothing more: zero, nada, zilch in the bloom department.
For a look at blooms from around the world, check out Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who hosts Bloom Day for garden bloggers.
This winter is serving as a good reminder to those of us who became complacent about what cold weather can do in our area. I know I did and I’ve got the damaged plants to show for it.
I’ve also got a sturdy coral honeysuckle that has become somewhat shaded out so your shot showing early blooms is just the incentive I need to get out there and trim back the branches overhanging mine. Off I go!
Yeah, it’s bee a good reminder of what “normal” is. I think everything I have has survived, except for some milkweed that I transplanted in late fall. Funnily enough, I planted that honeysuckle on a short fence with a gate and I have to prune it back a couple of times every year because it grows. How ’bout that?