Wednesday, December 15, 2010

GBBD December 2010

The holidays are quickly approaching but that doesn't stop Garden Blogger Bloom Day!  Carol at May Dreams Gardens has, for almost three years, been inviting garden bloggers to join her in listing the blooms they have in their garden on the 15th of each month. Visit her to find links to Bloom Day posts from around the world!

This time of year the pressure is on for those of us living in climates where we can still find blooms so here goes.

 Let's start with what gardeners in colder climates might be AMAZED to see...Hemerocallis Teatime blooming just in time for December Bloom Day!  I must, however,  tell the truth and admit I'm amazed as well. It seems every year I have some confused plant blooming out of turn. Today, it's Teatime's turn to shine. Joining in is this sweet foxglove that just won't quit. 

Some plants are what I call constants...they bloom a big chunk of the year, stopping only for a short while if things get especially cold or hot.  Constants blooming today include:

Rosa Demitasse
Rosa Flower Girl
Abutilon Pink Parasol
Unnamed pink abutilon
Dwarf Carnation Evermore     
Sweet allysum
Solanum jasminoides
Lavandula pinnata buchii
Chrysanthemum frutescens

Everything here is soaking wet from the welcome rains we've been having and leaves have been falling big-time so some blooms have to work to be seen.. like the sweet allysum.

Other plants blooming today that perform for a long period, but not quite enough to qualify as a constant, include:

Rosa Berries and Cream
Scabiosa Butterfly Blue
Salvia Mulberry Jam
Salvia Dancing Dolls
Wax begonias
Salvia greggii
Plumbago auriculata

And plants that bloom for shorter periods that are blooming today include:
Camellia Sasanqua Kanjiro


Gail said...

Leslie, Do I ever have zone envy (constant blooming plants) and when not feeling that I am California Dreaming! Teatime is lovely and amazing! Have a sweet day~gail

Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence said...

It looks like you live in paradise Leslie! Very nice. Happy Bloom Day.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding us that not everywhere is frozen tundra! We are tickled to see those blooms and thanks for the lists too. :-)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love that foxglove & the Cyclamen. The Teatime daylily reminds me of something seasonal - the villain in Terry Pratchett's "Hogfather" (a Christmas spoof) is named Teatime, but he keeps insisting that it's pronounced Tay-ah-tim-e.
(my word verification is "vomat"

growingagardenindavis said...

I'm happy to supply visual to keep everyone hanging on through the winter! Barb...first dreams and now word verification. Huh.

Wally said...

Pretty pics. I love the colours in the allysum photo.

Carol Michel said...

You have foxglove blooming in December? Wow! The garden fairies must love that!

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence said...

Merry Christmas Leslie! L,H.