Wildflower Wednesday – January
It does not matter that it is January, something is always going on in the garden. Is there anything more tranquil than a morning stroll in your own garden? It’s in the details.
There will be blueberries. They are Rabbiteye. Great plant, ’nuff said.
My much beat upon wax myrtle, added last year for the warblers and kinglets. While they may have gotten beaten up last summer, they are wax myrtle and tough. They will come right back and thrive. I planted two in spring but am not sure if these are male or female. The flowers are completely uneventful and grow along the stems. Berries are tiny and dark blue but great food for birds that don’t visit feeders often if at all. Hopefully they are female so I will have berries but I will probably plant a third from another source to make sure I have both sexes and pollination. Either way, bees will love it when they flower.
I love fothergllia with its dusty look, knobby twigs and buds.
Seed pods left on the summersweet for the finches. In spring I will trim it back a bit since it blooms on new growth but not until it has been exhausted as a winter bird food source.
Can I hear a YAY!? The dead native azaleas I picked up as a ‘please get these off the lot’ deal at a local nursery. No idea which one, they are white. I thought for sure they were gone. They barely had any roots and no foliage but the bloomed like mad for me last year and the fragrance…well you can keep your gardenias. It was amazing. Native azalea are fussy but apparently I got lucky with placement on these. They are thrilled to be here. I am trilled to have them.
I collected most of the seed off the yarrow. I only have two plants which I bought at a local nursery in order to start my pollinator garden. Now that I have collected seed I can grow them and have fields of yarrow but meanwhile I left some pods for the birds.
And I am in the south so here come the dogwoods. They are so big and dramatic as the bracts bud out over the winter.
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