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January Bloom Day Fun



Tillandsia crocata

It’s January 14th almost 15th, which means it’s May Dreams Gardens, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day time. We’ve got some blooms going on. This cute little Tillandsia crocata was a souvenir from our trip down south. It’s eeny weeny little yellow flower is surprisingly fragrant. We’ll be blogging about Rainforest Flora (epiphyte heaven on earth) eventually, but you can check out all our pictures from our trip here. Warning, many of the plants blooming in January were also blooming in December. Lots of repeats.

Cestrum newellii & friends

The Cestrum’s growing up. Matti no longer hates it, but I don’t think he’s learned its name. It seems like it always has flowers on it. It had a freak huge shoot that was so heavy it almost ripped the plant out of the ground, but I hacked it down and used the decorative rusty ball to stabilize the situation. That’s an Agave ‘Blue Glow’ hanging out in front. Renee, check out your Euphorbia wulfenii babies hiding back there. They’re getting big!

Alonsoa meridonalis 'Red' & Friends

I’m still loving Alonsoa meridonalis ‘Red’. It’s only been in the container for a little more than a month, and it keeps on blooming

Cerinthe retorta in the wind

Surprise, surprise, the Cerinthe retorta is still in bloom. The Aeonium is getting huge!

Aeonium spathulatum var. cruentum

Okay, almost every one of these plants was in last months bloom day post. I think Aeonium spathulatum var. cruentum has had flowers on it since August, maybe even earlier.

Garage Sale Aeonium

Maybe a year and a half ago we hit up a garage sale. We bought a wagon and the lady at the sale threw in a couple tall stalks of Aeoniums. They’re starting to freak out. That’s Fuchsia glazioviana poking through from the right side of the picture. It’s been freaking out for awhile now.

They're not technically blooms...

There’s nothing really blooming in this picture, but the Aeoniums are looking extra sexy with all the rain. They’re bloom-like.

Leonotis menthifolia

This was one of my first plant babies from Annie’s. Leonotis menthifolia just went in the ground in late October, and I’m loving it so far. I probably should have pulled some weeds before taking this picture. All in all, it’s not bad for January. Here’s a link to all our backyard pics from this month.


  1. Loved all your photos, even if some are technically not blooms! You do have a fantastic collection of succulents … so many beautiful colours and forms.

    The Aeonium is a lovely splash of sunshine and the Alonsoa is just gorgeous.

  2. I really enjoyed the succulents. You have a nice variety and it is good to see green. We are all white, yet it does have garden character.

  3. Such a beautiful succulent garden! Thanks for the tour.

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  5. I have not many succulents in my garden, but yours are so beautiful though they are not really flowers!

  6. What a wonderful variety of succulents you have! I love the little vignettes you have created.

  7. It must be nice to have colours in the garden – we have only browns, enlivened only by the occasional black. But there are a few hints of green – so maybe not long now, Lovely pictures here, especially the aeonium

  8. I’ve never heard of a fragrant tillandsia – lucky you! I, too, have a cestrum but its about 10′ tall. Truly, one of my favorite evergreen shrubs, always bearing flowers or those cute little cranberry-like berries. Beautiful aeonium pics, too!

  9. No GBBD for me with deep snow cover here and more expected today plus no flowering houseplants so I am enjoying the Southern Hemisphere gardens and yours!

  10. i planted aeonium all over my yard. a friend told me it’s one of the more “pedestrian” of the succulents, but i don’t care. the mix of symmetry and surprise layers and blooms are constant and amazing! if you have a raised bed or tall pot, they also are dramatic drapers (if you have a lot of patience). love your succulent combos!

    • What?!?! That’s crazy talk. Have your friend check out all these way cool Aeoniums you can get at Annie’s. We must have at least 20 species alone in our backyard. Love your blog by the way :)

  11. aloha guys,

    love your post and aaaaaw i love your succulent displays, they look very lush for wintertime! I’m totally an aeonium freak but we don’t have that many in hawaii, i’ll have to visit Annies soon!

    have a great weekend

  12. Love the aeoniums, which aren’t hardy in CT – love how you’ve used them in your creative displays.

  13. Thanks for all the great comments everyone! We’re so lucky to live in a winter gardening friendly place.

  14. Love your pics – makes me think of what my plants could look like… if I have greener fingers, maybe more this and that!

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  16. Your garden is so beautiful. I wanted to ask you about Cerinthe plant. This is the first year I started my own garden outside. And i grew Honeywort Cerinthe out of seeds, and when it was big I was very worried because I saw the little white markings all over the plant, juts like in your picture. I thought it was attacked by something. Is this normal to these plants?

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