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dfwdennis

dfwdennis
Grapevine, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2013
3:21 PM

Post #9405235

Kicking off the thread for this month...

Phlox, four nerve daisy, vernal witch hazel, spring bouquet viburnum and contorted filbert. That last one isn't really blooming but this is its best time of year so I thought it deserved a picture.

dfwdennis

dfwdennis
Grapevine, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2013
3:24 PM

Post #9405239

Funny, when I viewed this post on my iPhone it rotated the photos properly but it doesn't do it on my laptop browser...
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2013
5:23 PM

Post #9405344

February bloomers here:

Daffodils
Narcissus ~ Paperwhites
Rosemary

More in bloom in the greenhouse but that wouldn't be fair.

C'mon springtime!
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

February 1, 2013
5:35 PM

Post #9405357

DFWDennis-That happens with some of my photos too! I've tried everything. They look correct until I post them & they upload sideways.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2013
8:45 PM

Post #9405539

Way to go guys! It's always nice to see something blooming in February.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

February 2, 2013
5:15 AM

Post #9405694

I got some paper whites at the last spring RU but they only put up leaves. I miss my daffs. and tulips. Haven't really found any early spring replacements that will grow and thrive in TX heat.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2013
3:47 PM

Post #9406297

1 geranium and parthenia
2 asclepias
3Parthenia
4cabbage and purple striped jew
Himalayan marigold
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2013
4:09 PM

Post #9406312

Here is what the Zexmenia looks like now.
My nasturtiums that wont bloom
Angel wing begonia and white wax begonia
Ageratum Houstonianum
Cherry sage and Mexican Mint Marigold (this is not an old photo. the cherry sage just blooms all the time.)



This message was edited Feb 2, 2013 7:14 PM
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2013
4:18 PM

Post #9406321

Here is my "harvest" from the garden yesterday. Snow peas and cherry tomatoes (Jaune Flamme). I think that means yellow flame in French. Anyway they are orange when ripe, not red. Forgot to take a photo of the broccoli.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2013
8:52 PM

Post #9406537

Things are really looking good, Marty! My Zexmenia looks dead! LOL It's not, because it goes dormant here during the winter. You know that the Mexican Mint Marigold reseeds like crazy, right??
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2013
10:50 PM

Post #9406570

My paper whites did not bloom this year. Im wondering why. They usually bloom in January.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2013
10:04 AM

Post #9406959

There is not too much in bloom in my garden.
Daffodils are popping out everywhere and more are starting to bloom.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2013
10:07 AM

Post #9406964

Oriental Liliums are starting to pop out and also Daylilies
This morning I found one Beaded Iris bud.
Cardoon is just so beautiful at this time of the year.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9407145

Broccoli is blooming here! I let one of my plants go to seed so I'd have some for this fall's planting.

The dandelions are also blooming and hosting butterflies (and some other critter).

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9407297

Bees will love your broccoli blooms

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2013
3:37 PM

Post #9407320

I was working out in the veggie garden this afternoon and the bees were all over the broc blooms! We even had a big, fat bumblebee show up. Lots of butterflies, too.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

February 3, 2013
4:12 PM

Post #9407340

Stomatium mustilinum, a nocturnal SA ice plant. Not quite a bloom but I will probably miss them because I work so late. He suffered during the heat but is putting out a lot of new plump and warty leaves.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2013
5:51 PM

Post #9407420

cute ice plant Cheryl.
Stephanie, what variety of broccoli are you growing?
Dr Thor, do your daffodils share space with something that blooms later or do they have their own space?

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 4, 2013
5:24 AM

Post #9407754

steadycam3
yes, my daffodils share space with other plants.
In fact my soil is full of stuff; I am a "squeezer" gardener.
Daffodils come up, after irises ... near by daylilies and liliums, and the perennials will cover the spend leaves until next year.
I did have and still have a big problem losing my roses to Rose Rosette Disease ... so I will have some more room this spring to divide my daylilies ...

The pictures in attachment are from last year, taken on February 3rd 2012. It was an exceptional warm winter and everything was so earlier ...
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

February 4, 2013
5:04 PM

Post #9408603

Flowers opened tonight, with a slight sweet smell.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 4, 2013
5:22 PM

Post #9408625

Pretty and a little different from the ice plants we have.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 5, 2013
5:35 AM

Post #9408973

Very neat Cheryl.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2013
4:54 AM

Post #9412822

2nd year growing HELLEBORE ... It is in bloom right now ... I am not really crazy about it.
The white varieties did survive our summer. I did also have two pink varieties ... but I don't seem them.
This was an experiment.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2013
4:58 AM

Post #9412825

My self-seeded violas are staring to bloom.
They are really small and hard to see in the garden, but I love them.
Also I will have a bearded iris blooming real soon.
Dusty Miller and decorative cabbages are growing in the front garden.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 9, 2013
5:05 AM

Post #9412831

more and more DAFFODILS are blooming every day

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 9, 2013
1:43 PM

Post #9413336

Lorapetalums, hmm dunno if they are narcissus or jonquils atm blooming. my first asparagus spear has popped its head out today and gone from white to darkening color! I try to load em.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 9, 2013
1:51 PM

Post #9413343

I believe those are narcissus. Jonquils are smaller and all yellow.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 11, 2013
11:08 AM

Post #9415519

First Bearded Iris of 2013

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 12, 2013
6:46 AM

Post #9416461

Yes narcissus. sorry. hustling is hard on my recollections. Redbud are blooming here in the south
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 12, 2013
1:09 PM

Post #9416827

Kitt, Ive always been absent-minded, even as a kid, but this aging thing Ive contracted (chuckle) is making it a lot worse. I was able to tell you about the narcissus that day but next week, I might not be able to remember the word at the moment even if you paid me. So frustrating. I think I get some practice remembering things here on DG. It is definitely a stimulating place to be. Thanks to all of you.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 12, 2013
9:52 PM

Post #9417319

Amen to that! Exactly the issue that plagues me. doesnt help having too many distractions slap you at the same time either!

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 13, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9417733

My absent-mindedness is caused by my thyroid problems. :( I hate it!!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

February 13, 2013
2:24 PM

Post #9418013

Um for #4 SC you mean cosmos, right?
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 13, 2013
8:37 PM

Post #9418426

Cheryl, what?

bezziec

bezziec
Beverly Pflugerville, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 15, 2013
4:54 PM

Post #9420301

The previous owner told me this was tropical magnolia. If that is wrong, please let me know.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 15, 2013
5:52 PM

Post #9420367

That Magnolia goes by a lot of names, some call it saucer magnolia, the scientific name is magnolia soulangiana
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/Magnolia_x_soulangeana.jpg/300px-Magnolia_x_soulangeana.jpg&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_%25C3%2597_soulangeana&h=225&w=300&sz=30&tbnid=AVmetdF8MMl_WM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=120&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmagnolia%2Bsoulangeana%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=magnolia+soulangeana&usg=__O-RmCoEyg-A_3z_Uh0uuMUA4_PY=&sa=X&ei=AeYeUdGXFuWe2wWKnIHICg&ved=0CCUQ9QEwAg
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 18, 2013
2:23 PM

Post #9423420

Azalea just beginning to bloom
Kalanchoe and rosemary
whirling butterflies, Gaura, and coral nymph sage
snapdragon and lantana
rosemary blooms and feet

This message was edited Feb 18, 2013 5:25 PM

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9423424

Very nice ...
The wind is high here right now that maybe my daffodils will fly straight to your house !
Watch out !!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 18, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9423448

better photo of the Gaura
cyclamen and lavender lantana
Gai-lan chinese cabbage-it bolted despite being planted early December
Green Goliath broccoli OP main head already harvested, makes a lot of side heads.
have photo of red begonias, white allyssum and blue pansies but it wont load. says, "undefined"

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2013
3:09 PM

Post #9423468

Oh my goodness; so much stuff is BLOOMING! Back East people are proud about a few snowdrops in February! Especially that rosemary! I just kill rosemary. I never think about it blooming. My goodness!!!!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2013
3:32 PM

Post #9423493

Snowdrops? Do they bloom up there in winter also?

#1 Leucojum aka Snowdrops in bloom right now in TX.
#2 more Daffodils
#3 Jackoquils ~ not the correct name but shared by a friend and she called it that.
#4 Vinca minor under the bird feeder. When it blooms, I am always surprised.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2013
3:38 PM

Post #9423505

Oh yeah, all the 'little bulbs' are starting to bloom now back home, but you have to put on snow boots, mittens, long underwear, a scarf, hat and a parka to go see them!

Those "Jackoquils" are tiny!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 18, 2013
5:19 PM

Post #9423611

Hi Kristi. Are Jack o quils a cross between jonquils and something? Lots of flowers may be prettier but none smells better than jonquils. Love the vinca, Havent seen any since I was a child in North Louisiana.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2013
5:46 PM

Post #9423650

steadycam? I have the variegated vinca, would you like some...
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 18, 2013
5:52 PM

Post #9423664

Are you coming to a RU this spring? If so, yes and thank you.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2013
6:11 PM

Post #9423690

Doubtful, but I can pot some up and drop off for ya...I was lookin for a pic but its on other laptop...
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 18, 2013
6:17 PM

Post #9423696

Kuhl.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2013
6:31 PM

Post #9423711

I didn't have any luck with the variegated Vinca here but this stuff is durable. I ignore it and it remains green all winter, surprises me with blooms and hides all the discarded birdseed and sunflower hulls under the feeder. The only thing I have to do it keep it pruned back from spreading too far.

On the Jackoquils, I had their real name but have lost it in my shuffle. I will try to get the correct name for them. They smell wonderful just like the jonquils.

Fragrance and springtime... I noticed today the Carolina jessamine is getting ready to open. It also smells wonderful.

steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 18, 2013
6:39 PM

Post #9423718

Yes, it does Kristi. It's right up there with jonquils!

dfwdennis

dfwdennis
Grapevine, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2013
6:41 PM

Post #9423721

My Caroline jessamine is just starting to bloom, as is my agarita. Mexican Plum looks ready to start at any time.
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

February 18, 2013
6:59 PM

Post #9423742

My carolina jessamine, daffodils and snowflakes are blooming. Just remembered I stuffed a geranium in a paperbag and left it under the greenhouse shelf. Wonder if it is alive?

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 21, 2013
6:41 PM

Post #9427273

Yesterday and today I spotted the Purple Martin's scouts !!
Spring will be here soon.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2013
2:42 PM

Post #9430200

Today I spotted the first BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY in my garden !!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2013
2:44 PM

Post #9430204

Violas, Bearded Irises, Daffodils, Paperweight

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2013
2:46 PM

Post #9430206

Mutabilis Roses (earth-kind series)
This is a must-have rose. I use it as an edge.
It grows with no problem to 8'. Evergreen and constantly blooming. Each flower has a different color: from pink, to fucsia to peach color.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9430209

My COLUMBINE this year never lost its leaves. EVERGREEN. WOW !
I let it re-seed freely in my garden. Love the shade and some sun in Dallas.
Gypsi
Fort Worth, TX

February 25, 2013
10:23 AM

Post #9431121

I had the shade, but lost my columbine in the first drought - 2005-2006. I haven't bothered to get another one. They are beautiful though

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 25, 2013
11:41 AM

Post #9431206

Drthor? PaperWHITES. weight is what we scream about when the Dr puts us on a scale...they are SO beautiful!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 25, 2013
12:40 PM

Post #9431291

kittriana
I did plant so many bulbs for all seasons in my first two years of living in this house.
In the past six years I have been just enjoying looking at them popping in and out and multiply every year !!
So nice and so fragrant.

Gypsi
you should give another try to Columbine. I have so many varieties in my garden where they re-seed freely (but not invasive). Maybe you will need to plant it in the fall, let it establish during the winter and survive our hot summer. I respect water restriction here in Irving. Ex. last summer we could water only twice a week and I had no problem. Right now my sprinklers are off.

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