The 15th of each month is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day where we who blog about gardens or gardening show photos of what is blooming around us.
Here in Vancouver, WA (zone 8), things are beginning to wake up.
Above is Pieris japonica. Not sure which cultivar. This shrub is ubiquitous in this area, but sited and pruned properly, it can be a good structure plant growing well in part sun/part shade conditions. Some can take a good bit of sun, but none I can think of thrive in western exposure. Some can handle a great deal of shade.
Above is one of my favorite winter flowers… cyclamen. This one is Cyclamen coum which blooms usually starting in late January or early February. Its cousin c. hederifolium blooms in fall… usually starting in mid-September around here. I love to use c. coum below deciduous shrubs (like red-twig dogwood). Cyclamen coum along with other very early blooming bulbs and some rocks produce nice winter interest. And the blue flower here is another ubiquitous PNW plant… vinca minor. It is pretty, but can become invasive.
Finally, I realize this is not actually ‘blooming’, but I just love this Nandina domestic ‘Gulf Stream). This is my favorite nandina because of it’s tidy habit and spectacular flaming winter foliage.