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February in two gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

It’s the height of Summer here in the Western Cape as we do our twelfth combined post for February’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Time flies when you are gardening….. Summer has whipped up a few eye-openers when the hazy heat hit us all badly and a few plants struggled to cope. But overall most of the garden showed great resilience and with lots of blooms to share this Bloom Day.

Here’s whats blooming in Christine’s Garden in February 2012

As Summer seems to be winding down and we approach Autumn, I look forward to seeing my Autumn bloomers spring to life, but for now I am enjoying the last of the summer blooms. The Mexican Petunia has been my star performer and two new acquisitions are the Coreopsis verticillata “Moonbeam” and Sutera “Bermuda Sky”, both of which want Full Sun so it will be quite challenging to place them in my garden. A Valentines Day purchase was the rose labelled simply “Patio Rose” which was so pretty that I bought it anyway. Its a miniature rose of the prettiest pink, I couldn’t resist. Thanks for joining me in my Summer Garden.

[one_half]Coreopsis verticillata “Moonbeam”Coreopsis verticillata "Moonbeam"[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sutera “Bermuda Sky”Sutera "Bermuda Sky"[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Coreopsis verticillata detailCoreopsis verticillata detail[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The label said “Patio Rose”!!!The label said "Patio Rose" !!![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Iceberg roseIceberg rose[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My first and only Water Lily bloomMy first and only Water Lily[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]I love the yellow centresI love the yellow centres[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Supertunias are taking overSupertunias are taking over[/one_half]


[one_half]Very proud of my HydrangeaVery proud of my Hydrangea[/one_half]


[one_half]The lovely Mexican PetuniaThe lovely Mexican Petunia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My favourite HibiscusMy favourite Hibiscus[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Day LilyDay Lily[/one_half]


[one_half]Dahlias starting to flowerDahlias starting to flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Dahlia Top Mix detailDahlia Top Mix detail[/one_half_last]


[one_half_last]Vireya RhododendronVireya Rhododendron[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pretty DahliaPretty Dahlia[/one_half]


Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in February 2012

Wow – Christine’s garden is so colourful and vibrant. A constant blooming garden. Unfortunately, my country garden has fewer blooms but still offering colour and respite to my many bugs and bees.

[one_half]Gaura looking lively and one of my favs[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Courgette flower – an edible one[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My lemon blossoms are back[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The last of the sunflowers – had a great show[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Gerbera and Alysum still happy together[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Calibrachoa coping really well in the heat[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Bulbine growing strong[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Favourite Salvia “Hot Lips”[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Cleome present from Christine – love them![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Salvia “Coral Nymph”[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Tansy in bloom and the bees are loving it![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Borage back in bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pineapple sage survived the heat![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Pink Gaura finally in bloom[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Roses are in full bloom[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Comfrey blooming quietly in the corner[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Strawberry blossoms making a come back[/one_half]

[one_half_last]This flower needs little watering[/one_half_last]

About Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Join Carol and friends over at May Dreams Gardens for February Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to see what other gardeners around the world have blooming in their gardens today. And if you haven’t joined yet and have some blooms you’d like to show off, please join in the fun of showcasing your blooms! We’d love to see what YOU have blooming in YOUR garden right now!

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Happy Gardening!

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

17 replies on “February in two gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day”

I really enjoyed seeing your “wide awake” gardens. The gardens in my part of the world are just beginning to awaken. Christina, I see that you are growing ‘Mexican Petunia.’ I am attempting to grow one from a cutting, but I am concerned that it could be invasive. They do have such a lovely color. And Barbie, ‘Hot Lips’ salvia is a favorite of mine as well. Happy Bloom Day!

Sigh…all so very beautiful, and especially sweet to see the highlights of both gardens presented in such an effective display! Roses, Coreopsis, Fuchsia, and Cleomes–all have me looking ahead in pleasant anticipation for spring and summer. Thanks so much for sharing!

Very pretty! Both of you have some nice, colorful blooms. Christine – I love your sweet dahlia (I never see there around here), and of course your patio rose! Barbie – I love the color of that coral salvia! I haven’t seen one that color here – I’ll have to be on the lookout. And, of course, your rose is beautiful, too! 🙂 Happy Bloom Day to both of you!

You two are always a treat to visit on GBBD with such lovely blooms. You have such a large selection too. I hope you both have a wonderful GBBD and Barbie, I wish the rains your way.

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