Every Thursday Cindy at My Corner of Katy invites us to , as she says, "Pick 3 pictures of plants from your garden ... tell us about 3 books you've read that you want to share ... rant about 3 things that bug the heck out of you ... show us 3 pieces of garden art or 3 photos of egregious crimes against gardening ... you choose what your three will be. Just have fun, be creative and leave me a comment when your post is up!"
Here are three blooms as my contribution. Above is Rosa Flawless, a mini-flora rose grown on its own rootstock on a compact plant. I got this free at a rose sale this summer and have it in a pot. Pastel pink and fragrant it is beginning to make me less scared of trying to grow any but climbing roses. I'm not particularly fond of most rose bushes but I find I'm making an exception here. This bloom, by the way, is a much deeper pink than the ones I've seen so far, courtesy of the cooler weather.
Lavandula pinnata buchii blooms just about all year...I love it! The fact that it lives next to my Meyer lemon and often gets to share the piazza lights that keep the lemon happy on the coldest winter nights certainly contributes to its length of bloom time.
My mom always had blooming jade plants in her Southern California garden in the winter. I'm wondering if this is the first time one of mine has actually bloomed! I've been afraid to move it for fear I would interfere with the blooms that have been developing, but it will soon move to a more protected spot for the winter, where all the other succulents have already migrated.