I'm "borrowing" some blooms for this January Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
Without my own garden I've resorted to photographing a few of the flowers blooming here in Savannah while I sit out the coldest part of winter up north. I pass these beauties every day while walking so perhaps that gives me some small right to claim them.
I have vague memories of camellias growing up in California, as well as from my time living in Memphis, however I have never 'owned' one. They are most appreciated blooming now while everything else waits for another month to get started on spring.
I pass a particular venerable camellia in one of the squares, Chippewa Square I believe, that has two distinct colors, one side is that soft warm pink almost coral, while the other side has a stripey pink and white, candy-like variegation. Grafting gone bad or perhaps intentional? One of those two-in-one specials from a catalog?
Meanwhile, there is a shrub, blooming all over Forsyth Park at the moment, that I feel I've seen before but am struggling to identify. It's probably a common one, but just out of my realm. Is it just a double, ruffly camellia? It's about 4x4 feet wide. Maybe a savvy southern gardener can clue me in?
I'll repeat this photo of potted pansies, because they are just that cute.
Potted pansies on the steps of Fabrika, a darling fabric store in Savannah
And I'll include these not very bloomy but very lovely containers of winter greenery southern style.
A dog friendly town if there ever was!
I'll end with this sweet little rose bouquet from our bistro table at the Paris Market today.
I hope to have lots more to show come February, by then I'll have probably "adopted" a few more worthy specimens! Until then, Happy Bloom Day. And as always thanks to the lovely and talented Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
And last but not least a birthday shout to DesaRee and Stella,my sweet nieces who share this birthday.