There are so many colors and flowers bursting in my February South Florida garden due to the mild winter we had this year.
In the past, I only tried pink snapdragons, and this is my first time to grow yellow and white ones, and I find myself loving them so much in the winter garden, warm and bright.
This is the time for Golden shrimp plant(Pachystachys lutea) to bloom.
Giant Apostle's Iris (Neomarica Caerulea 'Regina') started blooming, much earlier than last year.
This Lobelia plant is one of the rare blue flowers I have ever seen. They make the great trailing (spiller) plants for the container.
The following two are the new plants I am trying this year, Cuphea llavea Vienco™. I love them in a more compacted size, suitable for my small garden.
This year I am trying to grow Mona lavender (Plectranthus) in the ground instead of in the container. It is in a partial shade area, and they seem quite happy there. Best of all, it doesn't require frequent watering compare to growing in the container.
These two Begonias had their blooming peak this month.
|Begonia Odorata Var. Alba|
Even caladium bulbs are shooting out of the ground here and there much earlier than last year.
Dipladenia pink just started blooming again after a hard trim I did late last year. Now they came back fresh and strong. I expect they will be on their peak time in March.
Bulbine plants look the best when they are blooming in a mass. Bees just love them.
This Chorus Line daylily has not finished blooming yet, neither has Pandoras box daylily.
Wow, I found I am having quite some blues in my garden. I guess that doesn't happen by accident considering blue if one of my favorite colors in the garden. Could not help snap some pictures of this blue butterfly flower every time I pass it by.
February is also the month when many orchids bloom. One of most impressive orchids bloomed this month is Epidendrum Orchid, or go with the common names such as Crucifix Orchid, Reed-stem Epidendrum, Sun Orchid,and etc.
I bought one in April of 2010. After the initial blooming, it only had a few flowers last year. After I put them into the ground (this orchid is terrestrial type) in a more sunny location, this year they just bloomed like crazy. If you are trying to find an easy growing orchid, this is the one that you should try! They are also so easy to propagate by division of pseudobulbous stems or offsets, or by removing and planting those pups on old stems or flower spikes. From one 5 gallon container, now I have three clumps of this orchid spread in my garden.
You also can spot Epidendrum Orchid in the below flower bed.