Oh this is happy day of love: for our partners, children, friends and communities and it’s also a perfect day to love those first blooms in the garden. In my awakening garden, only a few are showing their well-loved faces and providing for hungry pollinators. Included in these earliest blooms are flowers of Giant spiderwort, Tradescantia gigantea.
The first of many-to-come blooms of Autumn sage, Salvia greggii, are presenting in a salmon-colored package.
It was in this set of blooms that I spied one of the early native bees, a Blue Orchard bee, busily gathering nectar and pollen.
Reliable winter bloomers are the charmers adorning the Potato vine, Solanum laxum.
This little cluster decorates the residential area of a non-occupied wren house. I’m eagerly awaiting a wren couple settling in, loving and raising some chicks, and enjoying their flowers.
With apologies to Robert Burns and his June-blooming red, red rose, my two red rose shrubs each sport a couple of blooms which have opened for pollinator business and gardener love this February. The Old Gay Hill rose,
…and the Martha Gonzales rose, are gearing up for their spring performances.
These two roses look similar at first glance but Martha is a smaller shrub decorated with petite, deep red blooms and the Old Gay Hill rose showcases larger blooms with a more brilliant hue. Both are water-wise perennials and stalwart bloomers. I look forward to the blast of crimson they lend my garden later in spring.
It’s early days for bloom love in the Northern Hemisphere. This day and everyday, should be a day of love and kindness in the garden–and everywhere.
For a look at more loved and lovely blooms, check out Carol’s May Dreams Gardens celebrating all things blooming from many places this February.