Savannah Blooming Flowers 1-1-2017

Happy JANUARY blooming flowers!! 😉 I know, that you know, that I know nothing blooms in Illinois, in January… Well, maybe an occasional Lenten rose… Or a houseplant… However, I was in Savannah, Georgia recently and all of these colorful blooms were here to meet me! Of course, I took photos of everything that had any color in the landscape, so there are some berries and seeds also.

A technique I use to identify things is knowing when something is in bloom. Folks will ask, “What’s the beautiful, blue flower I see blooming now (say May).” I know that the  pulmonaria family blooms then, show them a photo and they gasp, “YES!” Here in Savannah, it’s 3 zones different that me (me = 5 – here = 7/8), things aren’t blooming at the same time they bloom up North. I had to go on my botany skills… that flowers have families and knowing their ‘shapes’, I could get close on identifying them. I’m not going to go crazy trying to identify them, but if you know one I don’t, give a shout out in the comments.

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I’m going to start off strong with one I should be able to ID in any situation! Ilex verticillata ~ Winterberry  || I’m not sure of this one, but it has a salvia type flower and was a bush.

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Camellia japonica ~ So beautiful!!   ||  Strawberries anyone?

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Tradescantia ohiensis ~ Spiderwort    ||   A Rudbeckia ~ Black Eyed Susan

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Pentas lanceolata ~ We use these in our flower displays (as an annual), not sure if it actually grows here, or is used as an annual also.   || Woohoo! Azaleas! There were some blooming, but not all. I hear coming here in March is the best time for blooms.

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More Azalea    ||   I know this in the oenothera family, because the 5 star stigma is a trait of that family.

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Beautiful moss

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An avens, perhaps?

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Liverleaf Hepatica ~ Hepatica americana

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I’m not sure at all about this first one   ||   This one is in the aster family

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Lantana camara ~ Invasive here.

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Agave bracteosa ~ Variegated Agave   ||  A Honeysuckle

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I had to look this up, as I did have a Sago palm (cycas revoluta) at my house in Florida. Mine must have never bloomed before. This one is a female and that center is called megasporophylls. In typical male fashion, he blooms with a large spike.

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Looks like an annual?    ||   Another beautiful Camellia

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Variegated ginger    ||    More Camellias!!

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A ligularia of some sort, very cool   ||  More azaleas

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Nice to have spice right outside the door!

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

23 thoughts on “Savannah Blooming Flowers 1-1-2017

  1. yes, some strawberries would be great :o) our camellia was bitten by jack frost this year… all the wonderful white flowers are brown and yellow now… it’s a hard work to remove this wet and slimy stuff from the ground :o(

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  2. Wow! I can’t believe how many colourful blooming plants you found up North! It is winter there too, right? 🙂
    btw – if You don’t know a plant, there’s no way I am going to know it – sorry! 🙂

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  3. There were many sago palms here when we first arrived. However, they all slowly fell victim to a tiny bug which slowly but surely took them one at a time, including the giant female. We were very sad cause we tried everything. (we don’t use poisons here). At that time, they were attaching them all over south Florida.
    Nice seeing your assortment of blooming plants. I do recognize some.

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    • Awe! That suxs about the Sagos! I had a small one near my garage door in Florida. I honestly didn’t like it too much, as it was right where you exit on the passenger side, and it tended to grab your calves… ouch! But, I was always the driver that alerted my passenger to the little guy.

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