1 The snowdrops at the farm have actually been blooming since mid-January. With this warm spurt, they are now blooming like crazy!
2 Snowdrops, or Galanthus, are in the Amaryllis family, and they usually bloom in my gardens in early March.
3 These spring-flowering colchicums are blooming in the woodlands.
4 As are these Eranthis hyemalis, or buttercups.
5 These delicate flowers are Puschkinia, members of the hyacinth family and are growing right outside a doorway. Look closely and you'll see the finely detailed, sky-blue stripes that adorn each floret.
6 Crocuses are popping up everywhere.
7 As are doffodils
8 The crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’ are blooming away!
9 Even though they're blooming quite early, it's good to see that these crocuses are multiplying below ground very nicely.
10 The honeybees have so many flowers to visit!
11 With their swollen buds, these daffodils will be blooming in a day or two!
12 It's very interesting to see how active the hives are in late February.
13 As mentioned in a blog last week, the witch-hazel is in full bloom, another plant that honeybees love to visit.
14 Witch-hazel is a medicinal plant and extracts from its bark and leaves are used in lotions for treating bruises and insect bites and other soothing lotions for the skin.
15 Another crocus in the woodland
16 There is color beneath the linden trees. You may recall that two autumns ago, we planted these beds with 116,000 blue spring-flowering bulbs.
17 Inside the toasty greenhouse, my rex begonias are blooming away.
18 These rather insignificant flowers grow upon tall stems.
19 Begonia 'Selph's Mahogany'
20 Begonia 'Northern Lights'
21 The African violets are also blooming nicely.
22 This mottled purple one is called ShaZam.
23 And this one is Sassy Sadie.
24 I call these Christmas orchids and they are in full bloom.
25 A closer look at these amazing flowers
26 The many colors of each flower are so unusual.
27 A gorgeous spotted yellow orchid
28 Another amazing orchid in bloom
29 The sweet face of a white Phalaenopsis orchid
30 A rather exciting bromeliad flower
31 This aloe plant is blooming.
32 The tubular flowers of aloe are densely clustered on a long stem.
33 This tall, spiny cactus is flowering.
34 This is a cactus mimic succulent called Trichodioadema denesum. It flowers abundantly.
35 This is a type of kalanchoe, a genus of flowering succulents that....
36 Is in full bloom with bell-shaped flowers.
37 The still unopened and unusual flower of an Aristolochia, or Dutchman's pipe
38 Even the papyrus in the water garden is blooming.
39 And this striped one is Yukako.
40 And so is the Rhypsalis next to the water garden. Rhypsalis is a genus of epiphytic cacti.
41 Rhipsalis is also called mistletoe cactus.
42 We are now inside the hoop house where many tropical plants are stored for the winter. This is a clivia, a herbaceous evergreen with fabulous blooms.
43 The colors of clivia range from yellow to orange to red.
44 Camellia Japonica is sometimes called the rose of winter and is a member of the tea family.
45 These flowers are scented geraniums and they are edible, with flavors ranging from rose, to lemon, to nutmeg.
46 This giant kalanchoe, also known as donkey ears, is blooming in the lower greenhouse. Its flowers are rather nondescript.
47 Unlike citrus blooms, which are so highly fragrant. This is the flower of a Buddha's hand citron.
48 And this is a young Buddha's hand citron fruit.
49 More citrus flowers
50 And more citrus fruit
51 These are figs. Fig trees do not produce visible flowers. Rather, the flower blooms inside the fruit itself.