What’s Blooming Wednesday #22

We had very high winds with our rain Sunday night.  We woke up Monday morning to a sudden new view – a bloom-less view.  All the blooms you saw last week in WBW #21 are gone.  All of them.  Blown away.

We lost the eucalyptus tree I was nursing along.  Half of it died the winter before.  Over half, really.  Isn’t that strange?  It’s blown completely over now, so I think it’s a goner.  I already miss its former beauty and scent.

Eucalyptus Tree

An arborvitae blew over, too.  Life is hard in The Land of Making Do!

There is a silver lining, though.  Over the last week, I’d taken some pictures for this week’s post – before the storm came.  So, we’re all set!

The Camellia buds have set for next winter’s bloom.

Camellia Buds

With our snow this year, we only had one day to enjoy the hot-pink blooms.  Maybe next year will be better.

This nearby Cleyera took a huge growth spurt last year.  My watermark is at the top of the old growth – above is last year’s new.

Cleyera Shrub

As Cleyera’s new leaves sprout, I enjoy the mixture of lime, deep green, and red.

Cleyera New Growth

I pruned our Tea Tree Olive bushes for a more topiary effect.  The one on this side of the steps is growing very tall.

Tea Tree Olive

The other one seems stunted.  Maybe opening the base will help it grow stronger.  The white Iris beneath had just opened their blooms…lost most of them in the wind, though.  The day lily will be along later.

Around on the north side, our shady wall, the Goldie Locks/Creeping Jennie is galloping.  I think I’ll plant more of this stuff.  Do you love the color of lime?  I do!

North Side Plantings

The creeper helps contain the yarrow somewhat, too.

On the sunny side of the house, the Hawthorns were blooming their dainty whites.  French Tarragon sprouts again to the right below.  It’s already scenting the front porch.

Blooming Hawthorn Bush

My one clump of faithfully flowering chives are surviving well.  (Or were!)


Speaking of were,  I snapped this picture just before the Chinese Snowball blooms blew into bits on the ground.

Chinese Snowball Bloom

I’m thankful for the time we had with them, even though it was short.  I consider this a grand farewell  for the year from this beauty.

Storms can be harsh.  Trees blow down, flower petals blow away, and our view changes.  The former beauty is gone.  It reminds me of life.  When storms of life come along, we suddenly have a new view – sometimes not so pretty.

A new season will come, new growth, new beauty all its own.  We must be patient.  Patiently wait.  God’s goodness is there while we wait, and He’ll provide beauty again – more wonderful than we could have imagined.  And so, I wait.  Patiently wait.

What are you waiting for?  A new season of life?  New beauty?  New blooms?


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  1. says

    Wow, what a shame the storm took away your blossoms. Reminds me of 2012 after the terribly bad winter we had- I had great green plants but no flowers on my hydrangeas because of the late frosts we got. It’s frustrating when you look forward to these brief blessings from nature. Too bad about the eucalyptus tree too- I don’t know anything about them but it sounds like they’re a bit delicate. I have creeping Jenny too- it spreads nicely and has been very reliable even way up north here. I love the soft fern like plant the yarrow has. I have some yellow ones planted on my island and they seem reliable too! Good thing you took pictures- what a difference a day makes!
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      We have late frosts every year. Everything begins to bloom and then freezes one or two nights in April, so things have to start over again. Yarrow is invasive in the south, so we have to be really careful where we plant it! I had yellow on the sunny side of the house, and it took over. Like you, I like the soft fern-like fronds. We’ll have blooms again. I just have to be patient. 🙂

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    If I were you, I would replant that Eucalyptus tree and wait and see? I was about ready to dig up my Toprical Hibiscus……. when it finally rained here and like a miracle it has new leaves coming up from the ground, I was so depressed thinking it was dead from our late winter hard freeze, but it is still here. I love it and I guess it felt it. But truthfully, most plants don’t like city water and will only bloom after a real rain storm. My fig tree and my Meyers Lemon are both like that. I only have Lily’s blooming right now, but then too, I don’t have much anyway….. or the tree I can never remember the name of is blooming…… white flowers.

    • says

      HH and I left on a short trip Monday morning, so I didn’t get the tree replanted. I hope it hasn’t been uprooted too long, but replanting is on my list today – for both tree and bush. Yes, those late winter/early spring freezes scare me, too. Everything seems to grow better with rain water. We have well water, and the rain water does the same here. I’m happy you have a blooming bush to enjoy. 🙂

  3. says

    I’m so sorry about your Eucalyptus tree Kim, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in the South? I grew up in Southern Cal where they are abundant and so beautiful~ Spring and Mother Nature can be quite cruel, but always exciting!
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    • says

      I planted a Eucalyptus near the house as a bush soon after moving here, but then read it would grow up to 200 ft. tall. I moved it out into the yard. It was growing very well and healthy in both locations until last year. The spot where I planted it in the yard is a place where several trees have died. I can’t get anything to survive there! Poison in the ground in that spot, or what? Ha! Hope you have a great week. 🙂