‘Album’ is Latin for ‘white’. That is why ‘album’ or a derivation of it is the species or varietal name for several plants. That does not apply to any of these six though. They are just incidentally . . . and coincidentally white. Even though white is my favorite color, I really did not intentionally select these because they are white. I just wanted to show off some of what is blooming now.

I would say that most are unseasonable, but our mild seasons can be rather vague.

1. Pelargonium hortorum – Two florets managed to bloom on a stunted truss that should have been plucked from rooting cuttings in the nursery. Full trusses are blooming in the landscape.P00111-1

2. Primula vulgaris – Heavy rain overnight splattered a bit of the mulch onto the these and other nearby flowers that are low to the ground. A bit more drizzly rain should rinse them all off.P00111-2

3. Helleborus X hybridus – Of these six subjects, only this and #2 above are actually in season. Their pale bloom is mediocre and faces the ground. This one is turned upward for this picture.P00111-3

4. Solanum jasminoides – Foliage is pekid through cool winter weather. Vines will get pruned back before growth resumes in spring. Regardless, flowers bloom whenever they get a chance.P00111-4

5. Rhododendron (Azalea) – As delightful as this unseasonable bloom is now, it would have been much better if it had waited until spring as expected. It will not last long in this weather.P00111-5

6. Hydrangea macrophylla – Bloom continues even as the yellowed deciduous foliage is falling to the ground. Other juvenile blooms are still developing. I will elaborate on this topic at noon.P00111-6

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10 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: White Album

    1. Oh yes, Dioscorea bulbifera is . . . weird. Except for in pictures, I have never seen it. Our potato vine is not one of my favorites, but it grows wild next door, and is very resilient. It might get frosted every few years, but that is just a good excuse to cut it back and start it over. It rarely gets cut back as aggressively as it should over winter anyway.

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    1. If hydrangeas bloom here, I would expect them to bloom there too. Don’t they?
      White and black have the opposite and same definitions, depending on perspective. They are either the complete absence of color, or the complete saturation of all color. Visually, black is the complete saturation of all color, while white is the absence of all color. However, black reflects ‘nothing’ which is a complete absence of color, while white reflects ‘everything’ which is a complete saturation of color.


      1. Well, they can’t bloom there if they don’t live there.
        I think that black and white ‘are’ the color wheel. All the colors are their components. . . . except for pink and brown. They aren’t really colors, but hues and shades. Pink is a hue of red, and brown is a shade of orange. In some cultures, hues and shades of other colors are thought to be separate colors, like pink and brown are considered to be here. Some might describe black and the ultimate shade, and white as the ultimate hue. Gray gets even more confusing, since it is both a hue of black and a shade of white.


    1. Hellebore does not do well here. I really do not understand why they are as popular as they are. I suspect that they get planted with the expectation that they will perform like they do in other regions. Ours have naturalized ‘slightly’, by self sowing within their limited area. I do not want to remove them, but I would sort of prefer other species that would perform better. When we grew them at the farm, we could not grow them fast enough. Landscapers really wanted them, even though they did no better in their landscapes than they do in ours.
      Primrose are grown as annuals through winter. It would be nice to grow them as perennials.

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