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The first tulip emerges and other joys from my winter garden

You might remember that I spent ages planting up all the hundreds of bulbs I bought in April and May. Most of the bulbs were planted at the end of April over the long Easter weekend and made their presence known very quickly with shoots emerging and now we wait for them to flower in Spring. The few Narcissus I planted have already flowered (I admit I was underwhelmed by them, they were pretty but nothing to get terribly excited about). The Tulips I planted have not shown any signs of planning to emerge until today! I found the first bit of life from the tulips and I’m very excited about it.

The Asiatic Lilies are coming up and look very strong and healthy and at last the Daffodils are starting to come through. The Potato bush which I thought I had killed has erupted into a mass of flowers so it goes to show that moving a plant from a position where it seems unhappy to another, really pays off. Then the last bit of joy is that my Camellias are all flowering and Azaleas in pink and cerise are adding colour to my winter garden.

[one_half]The first Tulip emergesThe first Tulip emerges[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Asiatic Lilies are looking goodThe Lilies are looking good[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Potato bush comes back to lifePotato bush come back to life[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Violas hide emerging DaffodilsViolas hide the Daffodils[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Pink AzaleasPink Azaleas[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Does Lavender flower all year long?Does Lavender flower all year long?[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My only white Camellia openingMy only white Camellia opening[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ranunculus waiting for SpringRanunculus waiting for Spring[/one_half_last]

Oh I just can’t wait for Spring … only two more months (59 more sleeps!)

Happy Gardening

I’ve added this post to Helen’s meme: End of Month View over at her blog, The Patient Gardener.

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 …

16 replies on “The first tulip emerges and other joys from my winter garden”

My aunt and uncle lived in Joburg for 6 years and it was always interesting to hear about winter in the middle of our summer. Your bulbs sound wonderful! Lavender definitely doesn’t bloom year round for me (cold winters) but it might for you. I love your camelia! I grew them when I lived in SC but they’re unreliable here. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Potato bush is a new one on me Christine. How great to have Winter plants such as the ones which you have. I remember when you planted all of these bulbs. Our Asiatic Lilies are just opening and I am looking forward to the Orientals which should open in about two weeks time. Does your Lavender really look like it is going to flower continuously. Ours flowers between July and September and not necessarily for the full three months.

This is what I love about the blogging world. I can ‘travel from my garden that is now moving into full summer with all that brings but I can read about a garden that is in winter and a gardeneer who is thinking about spring. Here the reply I wrote to you when you commented on my post. Hi Christine, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. The grasses are Stipa tenuissima; I wrote a post all about them last year, you can find it by searching for
They prefer full sun so may not thrive for you. Christina

Hi Christina – Thanks, I did go back to your blog and read up about the Stipa tenuissima. I have a few, rare sunny spots and I like this so much i am trying to get hold of it. I think it is so beautiful and such a lovely contrast planting that I need to give it a try.

Our spring is two months away now, but we can’t grow these lovely things here in the tropics. I will just have to be content watching your spring garden come to life.

Oh so exciting, Chris! Spring is close! 59 sleeps! 🙂 …… I count like that too! I do love the approaching season at this time of year……! Eventhough its cold I love the green fields around us! I can’t wait to see your garden. I’ll have to come over for a cup of coffee 🙂

It is so strange to see all the spring arrivals from here in your garden. You have a lot to look forward to pretty soon. My lilies are fully mature and blooming and will be long gone when yours start to flower. It will be good to see them again, just half way around the world.

Isn’t it amazing how we get to share in each others gardening joys? Just 15 years ago this was not possible … Awesome! I’m loving your Lilies by the way – that first, red omne is just too beautiful. Can’t wait for mine to flower 🙂

You bring back memories for me of earlier this year when my own garden was awakening from winter. There is so much excitement with wakening bulbs. Your hundreds of bulbs should make for a spectacular spring. I love the white camellia!

Thanks Deb! I’m really excited about spring – it will be my first Spring as a gardener! I only started gardening proplerly about 10 months ago, so I am really looking forward to see how all my new plantings perform this year.

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