Take a Virtual Garden Tour

Connecticut is having another spring-like day, but it’s still not warm enough outside to cause abundant blooms to share this February 2012 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. For those new to this blog meme, on the 15th of each month Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts a virtual garden tour. Garden bloggers around the world show off the blooms in their gardens and link their posts to May Dreams Gardens. All you have to do to take the virtual garden tour is follow the links you’ll find there.

Connecticut has had more non-winter weather than winter-type cold and snow so far but, after a pre-Halloween storm dropped about ten inches of snow then spring-like temperatures caused bulbs to peak out of the ground in early January, it’s hard to decipher what type of weather is now normal.

Outside my house in south-central Connecticut (zone 6a), there are no blooms to share … just color and the promise of blooms to come.

Hair cap moss (Polytrichum) brings a rich green hue in an otherwise brown and gray wood’s edge.



Pieris japonica ‘Dorothy Wyckoff’ shows a maroon-red glow.



Daffodils planted near the house foundation, where the soil tends to warm earlier, are already five inches tall, while narcissi and sedum in more distant beds are just beginning to green up.



The only blooms to show are nestled in the warm house.


Here they soak up the southern sun and brighten the view from my desk.

To see what is blooming elsewhere, visit May Dreams Gardens. Enjoy the tour.

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13 comments for “Take a Virtual Garden Tour

  1. Valerie
    February 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Love that moss! Is that native to this area? I have tons of moss in my lawn, but would love some of that for my woodland edge. Thanks for sharing your pics. My yard just seems to be grey, grey, brown with an occasional splash of green from my few and far between evergreens. I am so looking forward to the flower show next weekend.

    • joenesgarden
      February 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Hi Valerie, hair cap moss grows all over Connecticut. If it’s not a native then it is naturalized. It readily spreads along the woodland edges of my property and we encourage it to establish between the woods and the lawn since it is so much easier to care for than a grass lawn. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoy the photos.

  2. February 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I enjoyed the tour! Hair Cap Moss – Hadn’t heard that name, but think we have that here 🙂

    • joenesgarden
      February 16, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Glad you stopped by, nhgarden.

  3. February 16, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I can’t tell for sure whether your amaryllis is planted with your Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus…it looks beautiful! This winter has been strange. I never know what to expect. I enjoyed touring your winter garden.

    • joenesgarden
      February 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

      I refer to these cactus plants as holiday cactus, Sage Butterfly. Mine blooms when it wants, regardless of the holiday calendar.

  4. February 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Joene, Ah, that photo of the moss makes me want to reach out and rub my hand through it!

    • joenesgarden
      February 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

      I rub my hands across the moss all the time, Debbie, and now my granddaughter does the same. She loves to go outside to see the moss.

  5. February 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Your Pieris is lovely; makes me wonder if I’ll see flower buds on my newly planted one when I get up to Maine in a couple of weeks. I love the Christmas cactus-amaryllis combination. This morning, walking to work (in southern PA) on a day that felt more like mid-March than mid-February, I saw pink buds of lamium beginning to bloom and the first flowers opening on a forsythia along my route.

    • joenesgarden
      February 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thank you, Jean. Is your pieris Dorothy Wyckoff? The flower pods on mine appear more maroon in the photo but in person they are more purple … a striking color contrast to all else in the garden right now. It’s tough to get used to forsythia and lamium blooming in February, but enjoy.

  6. February 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Nice moss, Joene. If you have too much, I’ll take some off your hands.

    We live in the same town, but we’re in different micro climates, as you have daffs out of the ground, and I don’t. Oh, well, early or late, I’ll take ’em.

    • joenesgarden
      February 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Lee, the daffs poking up are planted near hardsacpe that absorbs and holds solar warmth or next to the foundation of the house. Those planted in other locations are still tucked underground.

      I’m not sure I’ll ever reach the point of having too much moss, but I’m sure I can find some to share with you this spring.

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