Lynn Rogers is a former high school biology and Spanish teacher. She is a Washington County Master Gardener, a garden writer and a singer in her church choir. She is a proponent of organic gardening and is a plant collector.


What is blooming early in your garden?
by Lynn Rogers - posted 02/06/13

Grape holly bloom clusters.

‘John Clayton’ honeysuckle with crossvine
Winter daphne has the sweetest lemony blooms, better than gardenia for me.

My first daffodil to bloom this year, in January, was Erlicheer. It is very uncommon to see it in bloom so early. Fragrant Daphne is blooming a little early and my Flowering Japanese Apricot continues blooming, since its December debut! ‘John Clayton’ and ‘Red Cascade’ native honeysuckles are blooming, too. My vernal witchhazel is in full bloom. The Oregon Grapehollies (Mahonia) are blooming and the bees are flocking to them. Several daffodils are budded to open any day. All of my hellebores are blooming and started in January. Tell me what is blooming early for you.

Hellebores, also called Lenten roses are in full bloom, all colors.


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Earliest Blooms on Flowering Apricot
by Lynn Rogers - posted 12/27/12

Usually our flowering apricot buds and blooms repeatedly late January and in February. Today, December 27, 2012, is the earliest date I have recorded for it to bloom. It is the cultivar ‘Peggy Clarke’ of Prunus mume. Apparently it has been blooming for several days because my husband, Jerry, asked me if I’d see the blooms. They were probably open on Christmas!

The bottom picture was taken on January 20, 2012 on a sunnier day.

Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’ with open blooms in late December.


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Winter Color 2012
by Lynn Rogers - posted 12/26/12

‘Pink Icicle’ camellia buds

‘Warren’s Red’ I. decidua, another native deciduous holly,
has never had more than 4 berries until this year.

‘Warren’s Red’ Possumhaw with leaves.

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, is our newest deciduous holly.

Our mature female yaupon, Ilex vomitoria, a native evergreen holly,
has its heaviest berry crop ever.

Camellia flowers in December

Hollies, both evergreen and deciduous, add their color to the garden. My ‘Pink Icicle’ Camellia began blooming in November and is still budding and blooming. We’ve also added Burford hollies and female yews on the new berm for their future berries.  Enjoy!

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