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.
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.
Camellia japonica ~ So beautiful!! || Strawberries anyone?
Tradescantia ohiensis ~ Spiderwort || A Rudbeckia ~ Black Eyed Susan
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.
More Azalea || I know this in the oenothera family, because the 5 star stigma is a trait of that family.
An avens, perhaps?
Liverleaf Hepatica ~ Hepatica americana
I’m not sure at all about this first one || This one is in the aster family
Lantana camara ~ Invasive here.
Agave bracteosa ~ Variegated Agave || A Honeysuckle
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.
Looks like an annual? || Another beautiful Camellia
Variegated ginger || More Camellias!!
A ligularia of some sort, very cool || More azaleas
Nice to have spice right outside the door!
© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl