Sunday, February 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day/ February

In the past few days, on my mixed patch, more zinnias have
bloomed. Pink is the predominant colour.

I still have a few gladioli blooming. They looked pretty,
so next year I'll be planting more of them.

The tomato plants are blooming in profusion...

Last year's orange nasturtium decided to show up again...
You're more than welcome!!!

The last of the single-petalled marigolds has an attractive

I didn't expect these red salvias to grow this tall. Can you
see the damselfly on one of the plants?

The red hibiscus is all set to bloom. I was very happy to
be able to get a shot of the Common Lascar resting here.

The drab winter look of the Acalypha Wilkesiana is almost gone.
It's slowly regaining its refreshing green/cream colour. It
helps that the Common Sailor is in the vicinity!

My mixed bed again...a combination of phlox, zinnia and

My biggest joy is that I have been able to attract more bees,
butterflies and other beautiful winged creatures to my garden.
Watching them on these blooms, I feel blessed. Even a small
patch of earth can bring so much happiness....
If you want to join Bloom Day, please visit Carol at
Maydreams gardens.


tina said...

You have a ton of bees and butterflies-they love all those pretty flowers. I saw the irridescent damsel fly. Pretty cool. The glads especially the one with the bee is awesome. Definitely summer time and full bloom at your place.

Carol said...

So nice to see all those "summer" time blooms. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

blossom said...

I agree, a small patch can give us so much joy. Those visitors to your garden are something that keeps me going in mine - butterflies, birds, dragonflies ... They really make me smile ...

Frances said...

Hi Kanak, many congrats on the butterflies coming to visit your blooms. And the bees and other wonderful creatures, they are as thrilling as the flowers themselves. Happy bloom day!

Anonymous said...

Morning Kanak! Oh how I love the butterflies and bees. The apricot colored gladioli is so pretty. Do you grow bee balm (Monarda)? It attracts hummingbirds for us.

Anonymous said...

Seeing your summertime blooms warmed me up! ;) All that insect activity won't be going on here for at least another month or so. Beautiful blooms for Bloom Day!

Roses and stuff said...

I saw the damselfly when I enlarged the photo - awesome! Your garden must be a beautiful place right now!

Q said...

Thank you! I so enjoyed seeing your butterflies and the Damselfly is gorgeous! I think it is our job, as gardeners, to plant for the bees and the butterflies...I love the bugs!
I try and grow as much native to my area as I can. Once in awhile a non-native will slip in....I love the daffoldiles in the spring!
Beautiful flowers!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Tina, that's the first damselfly I got to shoot this year. There's so much to look forward to....

Hi Carol, thank you for your kind comment.

Hi true! I saw this year's first dragonfly today but it seemed to be in a tearing hurry. There's time...I told myself.
Thank you for your visit. Glad to 'meet' you.

Thanks Frances. Happy Bloom Day to you too!

That's something I haven't heard of, Mildred. I'll find out. Glad you liked that gladiolus.

Thanks Racquel. Days are pretty warm now and very soon the dragonflies will be here....

Some of the blooms are looking good now Katarina. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Sherry, thank you so much! I've started planting the better-looking 'weeds' because a lot of butterflies seem to love them. There are so many of them...I simply want to remain outdoors!

Gail said...

hello...I was able to see the damsel fly...once I enlarged your was delightful. Goodness, i was wondering where in the states you were gardening when i realized...Southern Hemisphere! My goal is to have a fun garden that is attractive to people and the critters...maybe the critters even more then the people! gail

Sue said...

I was thinking, "that looks like summer" then read Carol's comment, and have to second her comment.

Lovely blooms and butterflies!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Wow, you have really made me long for summer.

Nancy said...

I love that you show the winged visitors to your gardener with the flowers. They're so lovely.

Linda Lunda said...

There are something magic about butterflies... They are like small fairys I think. And you always feel happy when you see them... well not the one(larvas) that eat the cabbage!

Kanak Hagjer said...

I'm so with you here Gail! Thank you so much for visiting. This really is a preview of what's coming...the dargonflies aren't here yet! Thanks once again.

Hi Sue, so glad to read your comment. Thanks.

Aunt Debbi, welcome to my blog! Thank you for commenting.

There were so many of them Nancy that I felt--without them, my blooms wouldn't be complete.

So true, Linda. Not THOSE ones, but the ones with wings? Oh yes!!!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Haha, lol your mixed bed again you say, well thank you again:-) It is just stunning to see all your blooms and you have my favourite there as well the Zinnia. Beautiful (sigh)...and those amazing butterflies, it is pure joy to visit your garden Kanak.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Tyra, so-o-o happy to read your comment. With all the different blooms on one bed, I find myself going round an' round...! Clicked another pretty butterfly this afternoon. Can't wait to post it.

Have a great week!

Chandramouli S said...

Wow Kanak! Our winged friends seem to love your garden. Gladiolus! They look pretty and gorgeous! Great GBBD post, Kanak!

Carla said...

I love your mixed bed (great name), love your new look! Great post today! Thanks for sharing;)

walk2write said...

Your pics are really lovely, Kanak. The nasturtiums are a favorite of mine. The pattern on tbe leaves is almost enough to make you fall in love with them. It looks like the birth of a star. And the blossoms are really quite a treat in a mixed salad. I'm going to try them in the garden here this year. Is your spot for them mostly shady or sunny?

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Chandramouli. Glad you liked the glads. I'm planning to grow more of them next year.

Hi Carla, I'm so happy to read your comment. Thank you so much!

W2W, just love your description of the nasturtium leaves! Like the birth of a star! Wow! Thanks.

My spots for them are mostly sunny. They do better in full sun than in partial shade. Talking about the's getting warm during the day. Evenings are still pleasant though. I've recently started watering my plants twice a day.
Good luck with your nasturtiums. Have a pleasant week.

Randy Emmitt said...

Nice set of plants already! The orange nasturtium is that the climbing variety? We are trying it for the first time this year.

I'm into dragonflies and damselflies, I think I've had 44 species of them here in Durham, North Carolina in our garden.

Susie said...

Well I can honestly say that little patch of earth certainly brought me some happiness. Your blooms look great Kanak!

As far as your pink zinnias there is nothing wrong with that lovely color. It is my favorite but then I love that vibrant orange too. Your glads are gorgeous too!

Thanks for posting such beauty because all I have here is pretty much brown.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Randy, so nice to meet you! Yes, it's the climbing variety and merrily going up my mango tree!

I'm planning to make a list of the butterflies and the damselflies this year. The butterflies are already coming but so far I've seen only two kinds of damselflies. They'll be here in full force when the rains come.

Thank you for stopping by. I just got back from your blog...I'll be there again and again!

Susie, thank you so much! I'm really looking forward to your spring posts. Cooler climes have some of the most beautiful blooms...

Wendy said...

That damselfly looks so ethereal. Just like a faerie ( I think someone else said that too).
Love your gardens. So pretty. My mother grew gladiolas in our garden when I was small. I loved to put my nose in them and smell! Luckily there were no bees inside!

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Kanak~

I loved reading about your joy in attracting butterflies, bees and other winged creatures to the garden. I, too, feel deep joy and blessings from natures magic :) And I see we must have a similar climate from the flowers you grow...we grow a lot of the same plants.

Thanks for visiting the 'Artists in the garden' interview of Karen Hall. I'll be posting more soon.

Happy day~


Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Wendy, maybe I can say it's at its best now, the reason being the rains aren't here yet! I've been out there taking photos of many butterflies...such a pleasure!

Loved reading your comment...yes, it was Linda who said it, the fairy bit I mean. It's good that for you Spring isn't a long way off now. Thanks for sharing about the glads.

Hi Karrita, thank you so much! Wonderful to know that we grow many of the same plants...I'll be frequenting your blog now..lovely to have you here.

Glad to know you'll be posting more in the Artists series. Looking forward to your interesting interviews with such creative bloggers.

Have a pleasant day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kanak, Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog about Bob Seger. Of all the stars Nalley drove, he said Seger was the nicest. I will post about his experience with him in the next day - it's rather funny. I still enjoy Seger's music also. Have a good day.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Oh my, Mildred, that's so lovely. Can't wait to read it! Enjoy your day!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What wonderful blooms and pictures.
Your gladioli are gorgeous, the red with the white edging and the bright yellow. Yes you must plant more since they did so well.
Do Zinnia's mildew in your climate? Yours look to be doing great.
You captured some wonderful butterflies to share.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Lona, thanks! I'm getting to see new species ( the ones I hadn't seen before) on my blooms. With all my colourful visitors, housework has taken a backseat!!

Zinnias do well here and there's no mildew. It's just that when the rains get too heavy and too frequent, they die.

Dreamybee said...

Wow, so much wildlife! I love your orange/peach gladiolus! That color is beautiful.