I was so excited at the sight of them I already published one post with photos this month. Since then the white variety, 'Mrs. G.G. Gerbing' have begun to blossom. I'm especially fond of how the white shows up so well planted at the base of an island of oak trees with the background of
saw palmettos peeking out above them.
So while I was outside today I took even a few more photos of these wonderful blooms for my contribution to Carol's May Dreams Gardens February GBBD. Happy one year anniversary of Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, Carol. It is certainly a fun project for so many garden bloggers.
After all ... can we really have too many photos of azaleas to fill our senses in these bleak days of February? My magenta Formosa Azalea shrubs are some of the few plants I still have in my garden from when we originally purchased our home 24 years ago.
The side bar of my blog keeps a running log of what's blooming here so I won't repeat what's already there.
I thought this lantana could help get us in the mood for spring with its tender lilac coloration. Here I've purposed it as ground cover - I've planted the trailing lavender variety which joins together with white lantana under a red blooming Jatropha tree. Lantana also does well in containers as it spills over the sides. Even though all varieties are great for our hot humid weather I find they all bloom best with ample water.
Okay, I know this isn't exactly a bloom but I found it to be an unexpected wintery look. Besides that ... we don't get too much of the white fluffy kind of anything around here. These are the seed pods from scarlet milkweed. I've read in several places that milkweed isn't likely to bloom during the winter months but honestly these have never ceased blooming right through the freeze we experienced on Jan 2. I can't wait to see how many volunteer plants sprout up from this natural process of seeds floating away on silky parachutes to find new homes.
One more burst of fluffy white. Oddly enough the purple (pictured in my side bar) passion vine flowers a rather insignificant and kind of ugly orange blossom. Once the flower is spent this snowy spray burst forth from beneath the bloom. This wonderful vine supplies us with brilliant foliage color all year long.