Saturday, January 15, 2011

GBBD January 2011

Strawberry tower
On this January Bloom Day, originated four years ago by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, I feel as if I need to do my part to keep the "bloom" in Bloom Day. There is always something blooming here, not huge swaths perhaps, but blooms nonetheless.
Rosa Flower Girl
 While some photos were taken yesterday this one of Rosa Flower Girl, blooming at the top of the Wedding Arbor, was taken this morning against a typical Central California foggy winter day. Flower Girl blooms just about all year but in the winter the blooms are pink. In summer they are white.
Rosa Demitasse
Rosa Demitasse is a miniature rose that also blooms a good many months of the year.
Pansies
Pansies are in several hanging baskets, holding the place of the succulents that live here most of the year. The succulents are spending the winter under the patio cover so they can stay a bit drier and warmer.
Camellia Sasanqua Kanjiro
This camellia has been blooming...one bloom at a time...for several weeks now. 
Lavandula pinnata buchii
One of my very favorite lavenders has an unfair advantage. It lives right next to the Meyers lemon that has been surrounded with piazza lights to keep it warm on colder nights. So this particular lavender blooms almost year round. I'm planning to move the lemon this summer. I wonder what will happen to pinnata buchii?
Ivy geranium
This ivy geranium also benefits from piazza lights, this time from those on my Bearss lime tree.
Dwarf Carnation Evermore
I wonder how many times I've put a photo of Dwarf Carnation Evermore in my posts? Another year-round bloomer Evermore takes the cold, the heat, the rain, and drought.
Begonia Richmondensis
Indoors Begonia Richmondensis and Begonia coccinea both continue to bloom in a sunny window.
Other outdoor blooms today include abutilon Pink Parasol, a few sweet alyssum, viburnum Spring Bouquet, solanum jasminoides, and cyclamen.

9 comments:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ah... it must be winter, because I have a bad case of camellia envy again! :-D

Here's a thought: Can you move the lavender, too? Or at least plant a new one near the lights? The thought of year-round lavender would be too much for me to resist giving that a try. Hands down, that's my favorite fragrance.

Happy GBBD!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

The little rose and the Camellia are such a sumptious color. The fog makes them look wonderful.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

You have lots in bloom. In fact, it looks like early spring there. I'm so jealous. :) ~~Dee

Cindy, MCOK said...

Like you, I have blooms but I'd call them spotty. Of course, compared to folks in colder zones you and I have them in abundance!

Kathy said...

If they bloom in summer and winter, do your roses ever go dormant? I can't imagine blooms year round. What a fairy land. Oh, yeah, now I remember. It gets pretty darn hot there in the summer.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I just left a blog with loads of flowers including a favorite of mine, camellias, and here is another. Now must be the time for blog hopping. Very pretty flowers.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

So nice to have so many blooms in January! Love the picture of your lovelies with the radishes too ;)

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Some nice blooms. Love the miniature rose.

Agnes said...

Hey! no words to describe the beauty of blooming flowers. Just loved it!!